The Kansas Crappie Club hit up Perry Reservoir this weekend, with Top Secret Jig Company owner Brandon Manis and teammate Marc Shepard taking the top prize and big fish award with a bag of 10.03 pounds and a big crappie of 2.11 pounds.
It’s been an impressive couple of weeks for Topeka-based Top Secret Jig Co. and its pro fishing staff.
The Kansas Crappie Club is hosting a crappie fishing tournament fundraiser April 28-29 on Clinton Lake near Lawrence. Proceeds from a portion of entry fees will go to benefit Special Olympics Kansas. The even is open to two-person teams who must fish from boats.
The air may still be a bit chilly, but the fishing has been hot so far this spring.
Recently I got a chance to do some dock fishing and decided to try out some new jig heads that I ordered online. The company, B&P Jighead, advertises itself as the “Home of the Tru Set Weedless Ned Rig.” If you’ve read my columns, you know I’ve done a lot of Midwest Finesse fishing recently and have a lot of love for the Ned Rig, named after Lawrence resident Ned Kehde. One of the problems I have with Z-Man’s Finesse ShroomZ mushroom jig head, though, is that my hooks will often get tangled up in weeds or snagged on structure during retrieves.
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.
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.
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.
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 Crappie Club unveiled its 2018 tournament schedule this week.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.