On April 21, the Emporia chapter of Fishing’s Future will host its second annual Aquatic Education Day at the Marina Cove at Council Grove Reservoir.
As I made my way out to Lake Shawnee for the second rainbow trout opener of the season last Saturday, I knew fishing would be a lot tougher this time around.
Last week, I wrote about my experiences using an Aqua-Vu Micro Plus DVR underwater camera to locate a huge group of crappie while fishing at the heated dock at Lake Shawnee.
Review: Aqua-Vu fishing cameras great for locating, identifying groups of suspending fish near structure
When anglers sit out on the water, they tend to do a lot of guesswork about what’s going on below.
Sonar equipment takes a lot of that guesswork out of the equation, but if you’re not on a bass boat then you’re probably not using it unless you buy a handheld fish finder like the iBobber or Deeper, which have received somewhat mixed reviews from anglers for their accuracy.
With the Super Bowl making its grand return to the Great North on Sunday, Minnesota-based lure company Rapala has been offering a pretty cool activity this week for those in Minneapolis for the big game.
If it seems like the lineup for the 2018 Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show is all over the map, it’s because it is — by design.
“Yes, there is something at the show for all those that love Kansas outdoors,” said Phil Taunton, organizer and host of the What’s in Outdoors radio program on KVOE-AM (1400) in Emporia.
This week, I received an email from Elmer Hedrick, 82, of Shawnee.
Elmer says he gets The Topeka Capital-Journal from his sister-in-law in Emporia and read a recent column of mine on ice fishing and heated docks. He enjoys crappie fishing but didn’t much like the idea of ice fishing in the cold. However, he wanted to know if I had any tips on heated docks he could hit this winter in Kansas, preferably ones close to home.
Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium in Springfield, Mo., was recently named America’s Best New Attraction after it was voted on by readers from a list of nominees by USA Today.
Ice fishing can be a challenge, for sure.
Even if you know where the fish are and at what depth they are suspending, the cold water temperatures often make them too lethargic to eat — even with a jig or minnow literally right in front of their face. This is a survival mechanism, as fish are cold-blooded and go into an almost hybernation-like state in cold waters to keep from expending more energy than they take in.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Wednesday released new advisories for locally caught fish taken from K-96 Lake in Sedgwick County and Arkalon Park Lakes in Seward County and updated advisories on the Kansas River and other area bodies of water.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.