Winter is already rearing its ugly head, meaning catfish and other species of fish are using the last month or so before the hard-water season to fill up on any bit of food they can.
It was a tight race for first, but the Brees family pulled through for the win Oct. 27 at the Kansas Crappie Club’s Ronald McDonald House Charities benefit crappie tournament on Perry Reservoir.
Bluebird skies and abundant sun helped heat the waters of Lake Shawnee to 59 degrees Saturday, a warm welcome to the approximately 7,000 pounds of rainbow trout stocked by Crystal Lake Fisheries, of Ava, Mo.
The Kansas Crappie Club’s Ronald McDonald House Charities Benefit Crappie Tournament is slated for Saturday, Oct. 27, at Perry Reservoir.
Tony Niemeyer and Ryan German weighed in 7.90 pounds of crappie Oct. 7 to win the final regular-season tournament on the Kansas Crappie Trail at Melvern Reservoir.
Trout season opens Nov. 1 in Kansas, meaning several community lakes will be stocking fish over the coming weeks.
When water temperatures drop, appetites increase and a variety of fish species come in shallow to feed.
A crankbait or bass jig fished during the right conditions can wreak havoc on a variety of feeding species during this time, as walleye, catfish, drum and other deeper-water fish move into sometimes a couple of feet of water or less to fuel up for winter.
Shawnee State Fishing Lake, 3 other impoundments to undergo gizzard shad kill to boost bass population
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will conduct partial fishery renovations on four small impoundments this winter — including Shawnee County’s Shawnee State Fishing Lake.
Matthew Rogers and Baylor Mead took first place Sept. 28-29 at the Mr. Crappie National Crappie Championship Tournament at Truman Lake in Clinton, Mo., posting a two-day, 14-fish total of 21.19 pounds.
Nine boaters and eight co-anglers also qualified for the 2019 BASS Nation Central Regional next spring during a qualifier Sept. 22-23 at Stockton Reservoir in Missouri.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.