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Bob's Best Bets
Cool weather is making for some better fishing at area lakes and reservoirs. The smaller lakes will be cooling faster than the bigger reservoirs and the bite always gets better at those lakes sooner. Lake levels are very good with some of the western reservoirs at a higher level than in the past few years. Wipers are good at most of the lakes, Crappies are just starting to concentrate in brushy areas.
October 6, 2016
Fall is here and that really means hunting for most folks but for a lot of dedicated anglers it means some of the best fishing of the year. Arcchery deer season is going on and waterfowl seasons will be coming up soon. upland bird seasons are just over a month away.
Prospects for most of the hunting seasons is good with forecasts for increased numbers of Pheasants and Quail. Waterfowl hunters should have good success as water areas are full and should attract big numbers of migrating Ducks and Geese. The Deer herd appears to be in good shape around the state and prospects for both archery and rifle seasons is good.
Hunting usually requires some advance preparation including scouting and now is the time for folks to get out in the countryside and just do some looking. Even in the good years populations vary from area to area...even a mile or two can make a difference in numbers of wild game. Now is also a good time to re establish relationships with farmers and landowners.
The fall fishing is just beginning as the cool nights and shorter days tend to help get the fish in a feeding mode. Some species tend to gather in schools as we get into the fall months. Crappies maybe scattered in the summer months but will school up as we head into fall and winter. Many other species like White Bass and Wipers will concentrate in big schools in select areas of a lake.
KDWPT will be stocking Trout in smaller bodies of water throughout the state gving anglers a chance to catch a species not found originally in Kansas. Most are ponds in urban areas but the seep stream below Kanopolis Dam gives anglers a chance to fish moving water with part of that stream artificial lures only.
For fishermen that are on the reservoirs Fall means less boating activity as only the avid anglers are on the big lakes. The fishermen that do spend time on the lakes in the fall and winter are usually those avid anglers that will fish any time weather permits. At some lakes these anglers know each other and openly trade information on the bite.
Whether you fish or hunt, this is a great time of year with cool nights and warm days and lots of options of what you can do in the outdoors.