The crankbaits struck again earlier this week at Lake Shawnee, including one of the biggest fish I’ve ever seen in person.
With fall finally starting to settle in across northeast Kansas, now is the perfect time to bust out the crankbaits in pursuit of bass and other panfish.
But when I headed up to Lake Shawnee on a dreary, cool Tuesday night, I couldn’t have dreamed the night that I would have fishing my little 2 1/8-inch Rapala Square 3 rattling crankbait from the bank.
Hayden senior Thomas Heinen, who won the first Kansas BASS Nation high school qualifier of the year with teammate Brock Bila, of Overland Park, this year earned a sponsorship from Z-Man Fishing Products. A sponsorship is a big deal for a high school angler, and he took the time last week to talk shop in a Q&A session with The Topeka Capital-Journal. Heinen discussed his preferences when fishing with Z-Man products and how he likes to work them to catch big bass consistently, as well as the pride he felt in being sponsored by a company he has used for many years:
Q. When did you find out that Z-man wanted to sponsor you and what was your reaction?
Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center issued a warning this week for dog owners to be on the lookout for raccoons, especially those showing up during the daytime.
PERRY — High school anglers from across the state kicked off the 2017-18 Kansas BASS Nation 2-man tournament trail this weekend with the first of four championship qualifier tournaments Saturday at Perry Reservoir.
But it was the local angler and his teammate who came up big in the season opener.
Fourteen-year-old Brogan Scott, of Topeka, hauled in a huge bass while fishing in a Coffey County farm pond Sept. 3 with his grandparents.
Lake Perry in Jefferson County, Kan., is a world-renowned fishery for catfish, and one young Topeka angler found out exactly why.
One family in Houston has found a way to share a moment of levity despite the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
With flood waters standing about calf-high in the family’s home, a shirtless man can be seen in several Facebook videos chasing and eventually catching a fish in the living room.
The videos were posted at 1:49 a.m. Sunday by Viviana Saldana with the caption: “Why go out looking for food when the food is coming to our living room?”
The annual Northcentral Kansas Outdoor Youth Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9 in Osborne.
Anglers at Kirwin Reservoir are likely to notice a new fish-cleaning station that opened just east of the dam.
Josh Rouse is an outdoor enthusiast from Topeka, Kansas. He is the Outdoors Editor for The Topeka Capital-Journal.