A father watched proudly as his young son expertly pitched a Whopper Plopper fishing lure into a glass tank full of water, a crowd watching from the side to see the reactions of the fish suspending inside.
The Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show added some more heavy hitters to its lineup of seminar speakers on Friday, when a tentative schedule was released by organizer Phil Taunton.
Crappie University is returning to Johnson County Community College in Overland Park for a third straight year to give crappie anglers a crash course on advanced techniques for catching big slabs.
I’ve done a lot of fishing in my lifetime, but I’d never caught a true trophy-class fish.
Until this week, that is.
Well, I didn’t have any luck during the trout opener Nov. 3 at Lake Shawnee.
At least not for trout.
Topeka tournament angler Thomas Heinen, a Hayden product who is now working to get a bass club together at Washburn, received some exciting news this past week.
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.
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.
Once the kids are back in school and the hunting seasons begin, many anglers forego the lakes and ponds for the woods or marshes.
However, some of the best fishing takes place during the early fall for a variety of species, from black bass and catfish to crappie and walleye.
A new finesse hardbait just hit the market, and the father of finesse fishing approves.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.