Trout season opens Nov. 1 in Kansas, meaning several community lakes will be stocking fish over the coming weeks.
Illinois-based GS Media and Events announced this week it has purchased eight outdoors consumer shows from Missouri-based RJ Promotions, Inc., including the Topeka RV and Sport Show and the Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show, both of which take place annually at the Kansas Expocentre.
The last throes of a brutally hot summer are upon us, and if you’ve done much pond fishing recently you know that the weeds and other plantlife that inhabit the small bodies of water are at their peak.
If you’re interested in the KDWPT’s fish stocking program, here are a few statistics that might just blow your mind. In 2018, the agency has stocked the following number of fish in Kansas waters:
A lot of factors go into determining whether you’ll have a successful day of fishing — barometric pressure, water clarity, temperature, time of day, even the phase of the moon all play a part in determining fish activity.
During the early season before the spawn, crappie and panfish bites can be difficult to detect at times with traditional methods.
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.
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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.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.