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.
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.
Ruben Ramirez sent me an email last weekend asking me a few questions about the column I wrote about my experiences rainbow trout fishing at Lake Shawnee.
There’s an old saying that fishing is just a jerk on one end of a line waiting for a jerk on the other end of the line.
For a few hours on the opening morning of rainbow trout fishing at Lake Shawnee, there we were — about 30 jerks sitting there, waiting for another jerk.
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON CJONLINE
A crowd of onlookers gathered at mid-day Saturday at Lake Shawnee’s east boat ramp as the frigid waters became filled with about half of the more than 7,000 pounds of rainbow trout that were scheduled to be stocked that day. The remainder of the fish were released on the other side of the lake.
Fishing guide Clyde Holscher talks strategy for catching rainbow trout on record-setting waters of Lake Shawnee
Local fishing guide Clyde "The Guide" Holscher holds up a big rainbow trout he caught while fishing recreationally on Lake Shawnee. He often fishes with longtime outdoors writer Ned Kehde, using Z-Man Fishing Products to "bass fish for trout" in the body of water known for carrying state-record fish in the past. (Submitted photograph)
Shawnee County Parks and Recreation will once again stock Lake Shawnee with 7,000 pounds of rainbow trout at noon Oct. 28, offering a unique experience for anglers in northeast Kansas.
The trout season officially opens Nov. 1 in Kansas, but the lake will be closed to fishing until Nov. 4 to allow more time for the fish to disperse. This also gives trout anglers more time to prepare and devise the perfect strategy to catch some big fish this fall on the man-made lake.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.