The mornings of Sept. 3-5 and the evening of Sept. 6 will offer the best conditions for fishing, according to the calendar — which is calculated using a formula based on the phase of the moon, the zodiac sign the moon is in and experience.
Fishing looks to be fair to good from the start of the month until Sept. 11, when fishing conditions will briefly be poor before they turn great again Sept. 13-14.
Sept. 15-21 again looks to be poor, with only fair to good conditions for the remainder of the month.
By the second half of the month, however, conditions look to be much more mild and fairly sunny, hovering in the upper 70s until Sept. 28, when a cold front is predicted to move in bringing cloud cover and highs in the upper 60s and low 70s for the remainder of the month.
The website also shows that August was quite a bit cooler than typical. with only about five days all month exceeding the average temperature.
Banner Creek — Channel catfish conditions are still fair to good at Holton’s Banner Creek, with cats up to 12.5 pounds being caught from the shore using cut bait, stink bait or livers. The walleye bite is fairly slow, but some anglers were having luck as of Aug. 14 catching them along the dam or off of submerged humps, according to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
Clinton Reservoir — Wiper having been hitting well right before dark, with fish ranging from 3 to 6 pounds. Crankbaits, jigs and spinners have worked best. White bass, crappie and channel catfish bites also are going strong.
Jeffrey Energy Center — The makeup and auxiliary lakes have had good wiper and white bass action lately, though crappie and walleye have fallen off almost completely. There’s still a good number of channel catfish biting at the makeup lake.
Milford Reservoir — Catfish up to 60 pounds can be caught near channel ledges and along flats lakewide fishing cut bait in 10 to 46 feet depth, according to the KDWPT. The white bass/wiper bite is going strong, as well, and both smallmouth and largemouth bass can be caught using topwater lures, jigs and crankbaits.
Lake Olathe — Largemouth bass up to 6 pounds are being caught in shallow water near vegetation in the early mornings and the right before sunset, according to the KDWPT.
Lake Shawnee — Fair to good bite on largemouth bass and channel catfish. Wiper should be picking up about now near the Overlook.
Perry Reservoir — Good channel catfish bite up to 10 pounds and fair blue cat bite up to 25 pounds. White crappie bite is slow, with fair largemouth, smallmouth and white bass bites.
Rocky Ford Fishing Area — Good drum bite on worms, minnows and jigs. Drum range from half a pound to 5 pounds. Catfish ranging from 1 to 20-plus pounds can be caught on worms, cut bait or prepared bait.
Shawnee State Fishing Lake — Largemouth bass up to 5 pounds can be caught in the shallows and channel catfish have been congregating near rocky points.
Tuttle Creek — Good catfish bite up to 40 pounds in the reservoir, the river, below the dam and in the river dam.