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August 5, 2016
Hot weather means Channel Catfish with many anglers chumming with fermented grain. Most other species slow with some surface action for White Bass and Wipers at area reservoirs. Blue Catfish are good at Milford. Some Crappie reports from eastern Kansas lakes where anglers are taking fish from brushpiles and standing timber.
The more we look at the proposed "Walleye initative" from the fisheries biologists at Kansas Department of Wildlife and Tourism, the more we find some big problems with the program. It's based on extremely bad data. The fish guys are contending that tightening both bag and length limits on Walleyes and Saugeyes, the catch totals will actually increase. Doh?? Yep they are hiding behind a computer program that is predicting just that. Now we don't really know what data that is being inputted but we suspect that the output is just theory.
It also seems that they can make the outcome whatever they want. Take Glen Elder for example. The original proposal for a 24 inch length limit March to June was scrapped when the program was re-run with 'better data'. But the fact that there was an uproar against the proposal from local business folks at a commission meeting is the real reason. More outcries from Walleye-Saugeye anglers about various lake proposals may cause the department's fisheries bioligists to reconsider. But don't count on it.
Walleye-Saugeyes in Kansas have been the most regulated species with bag limits of 5 at most lakes and just 2 at a couple lakes. Length limits vary from 15 to 18 inches at most lakes and 21 inches at 2 lakes. When head of fisheries Doug Nygren made the statement at the March KDWPT commission meeting that we harvested more Deer that Walleyes, it was based on bad data. There is no accurate way of knowing exactly how many fish are taken, it's just a guess from creel census data which is more heavily based on shore bound anglers. Except for the early spring when Walleye-Saugeyes are caught by bank fishermen, most are taken by boaters the rest of the year. I can't remember the last time I gave my results to a creel census worker....and I fish a lot!
When the Walleye initative was first introduced, I used the old saying "Figures don't lie but liars figure" which was a strong statement. Kansas government officials and regulators are deserving of that statement. Governor Brownback's tax plan which was based on suposed figures that would be a boom for the state is a great example of manipulating figures to fit a cause. Same goes for the Walleye initative in which data is manipulated to provide the wanted outcome.
Angler's best hope is for the commissioners to stop this bad proposal and charge the fisheries folks with comming up with a program that is based on looking out for the Walleye fishermen and not the KDWPT. The department needs to be more responsive to the people who pay their wages and work for the anglers benefit. And please don't accuse those of us that oppose your program with wanting to catch 12 and 13 inch Walleyes. We, as are most Kansas anglers, are very happy with the 15 inch length limit.