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Young Guns for up coming events contact Rich Sullivan office:827-0321 or cell:826-0217.
Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meetings
August 11, 2016 Clay Center - Life's Finer Moments, 1285 16th Rd, Clay Center, KS 1:00 pm
October 20, 2016 Liberal - Seward County Event Center, 810 Stadium Rd, Liberal, KS 1:00 pm
January 5, 2017 Emporia - Flint Hills Technical College, 3301 W 18th Ave, Emporia, KS 1:00 pm
Bob's Best Bets
December 30, 2016
Warming weather has made fishing at area lakes and reservoirs a challenge with no safe ice but limited boat access. Colder weather might change ice conditions but it will take several days to build up safe ice at most lakes. Use caution!!
Dec 30. 2016
This last year has been very intersting for outdoor folks. As with most years, 2016 had some events that benefited hunters and anglers and others that may prove to be not very beneficial. The natural events like weather worked to the benefit of outdoor conditions and will have a good effect for several years. Other measures put forth by humans may not result in good benefits for fishermen.
Most of Kansas had good rainfall amounts replenishing several reservoirs in western areas of our state. Wilson reservoir started last year 10 feet below conservation level. Several areas in the central and upper end of the lake were hazardous for boaters due to the shallow water. Late spring rains brought the lake up almost 5 feet covering a lot of vegetation along the lake's edge. Then later in the year, rains west of the lake fill the Saline river to more than bankful and filled Wilson over the conservation level.
Western Kansas reservoirs Webster and Kirwin got big shots of runoff waters and are now at levels unseen for several years. Almost every reservoir and state lake is in better shape than a year ago due to the rainfall.
The increased rain and moderate late winter and early spring temperatures combined to create much needed cover for Pheasants and Quail. Also affected were Prarie Chickens in central and western parts of the state where populations were in decline due to dry conditions. Turkeys also benefited from the increased cover and some hunters say that numbers appear to be up this fall.
Human intervention on managing fisheries may prove to be a disaster. The 'Walleye initiative' which goes into force at several Kansas lakes was sold to the KDWPT commissioners as a program to increase the Walleye harvest. The program's restrictive length and creel limits at area lakes have most anglers doubting if they will even be able to catch keeper Walleyes and Saugeyes. Despite what Doug Nygren, the fisheries chief for KDWPT, told the commissioners....Kansas will not be to Walleyes what Florida is to Bass. Total disregard for what benefits anglers. Most just want to be able to catch a few keeper Walleyes and most agree that 15 inches is a reasonable length limit.
Happy new year.