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Hunter Education classes.
Location: Nickel Hall, National Guard Facility and Gypsum Valley Sporting CLays
Dates: 03/27/17 - 04/01/17
Contact: Sheila Alstatt Call Sheila to register Phone No: 785-643-0627
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Class will be held March 27, 28, 29 from 6-9pm at Nickel Hall. The field day will be April 1 from 8-12 at Gypsum Valley Sporting Clays.
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
March 6, 2017
Open waters are providing some Crappie fishing at various reserviors. Reports vary as to success but on nice days, some anglers are successful. Best patterns are brush piles. Walleye and Saugeye fishing picking up at several area reservoirs. Kanopolis now has a new 18 inch length limit on the 'eyes'. Water temperatures are warming and some anglers finding fish shallower than normal for this time of year.
March 6, 2017
The past couple weeks have been warmer than usual for this time of year and the water temperatures rose at area lakes with some reaching into the mid to high forties which is more like mid march water temperatures. At Kanopolis the Saugeyes were moving into the warmer shallow water feeding on baitfish as they readied for the spawn. Most biologists beleive the actual timing of the spawn for Walleyes/Saugeyes is controlled by the length of day. So these fish will be in the spawning areas waiting for that time.
The new 18 inch minimum length for Walleyes at Kanopolis is proving to be unpopular with anglers we visited with recently. Lack of providing information to anglers last year has found many unaware of the new length limit. Even the marina operator was anaware of the proposed change as of last September although the fisheries biologist made it public 6 months earlier. Public input would be sought which we assumed would be public meetings or an angler survey were promised at the March KDWPT commission meeting but none were ever held.
Either Doug Nygren, head of fisheries at KDWPT, lied or the biologist, Brian Sowers, disobeyed the order to get public input. Anglers never got their chance to express their opinions. I did and Mike Miller, head of the information division at KDWPT, accused me of wanting to keep 13 inch Walleyes. It was to be expected out of Miller, who takes an 'elitist' attitude towards the outdoors.
We hear enough grumbling from anglers about the 18 inch Walleye length limit at many lakes. Some ask "why 18 inches...instead of 17 or 16, maybe they ought to run that in their computer software program". Good question!
'Garbage in....Garbage out' is a result of what you can get if you want a specific result and it appears that is the what biologists did with the 'Walleye initative' program. Many years ago a fisheries biologist told me there are two main factors that control setting regulations. One is biological and the other is socialogical. Current fisheries folks seem to be ignoring the the socialogical factor which is providing anglers with reasonable Walleye fishing opportunities.