This has been a year of firsts for me as an angler, and this week provided another milestone as I headed out to Lake Shawnee for some after-dark fishing at the heated dock.
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.
If you’ve been fishing long, you’ve probably got a few “Ones That Got Away” in your back pocket.
I’ve got hundreds. Broken lines, thrown hooks, fish tangled up in trees, I thought I’d lost a fish in just about every way imaginable. As it turns out, there’s at least one way I hadn’t.
Sitting on a boat in the middle of the lake at night might be one of the most relaxing things on the world.
WESTMORELAND — At times, fishing can be a numbers game.
If you target densely populated waters with highly effective lures, chances are good you’ll pull out a good number of fish. They may not all be trophies, or even keepers, but in my mind there’s nothing as fun as getting on a hot bite and catching fish all day long.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.