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June 22, 2017 Kansas City - George Meyn Community Center, 126th & State Ave, Kansas City, KS 1:00 pm
August 10, 2017 Cheney - Cheney State Park West Entrance, 15500 NE 50th St, Ninnescah Sailing Association Cheney, KS 1:00 pm
October 19, 2017 Scott City - Bryan Conference Center, 101 S Main St (inside Wheatland Broadband), Scott City
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May 25, 2017
Crappies are good at area reservoirs but those lakes that have high water levels, it's taking minnows to catch Crappies. Walleye and Saugeye fishing improving at most lakes but Kanopolis anglers having hard time getting keepers with the new 18inch length limit on the 'eyes'.
Minnows and other live bait available in Salina at Mr. Reasonables on Pacific 2 blocks east of Broadway.
May is probably the best fishing month in Kansas for many species of fish. The weather is bearable and anglers have many pleasant days to catch their favorite fish. Crappies are in a spawning mode at most lakes and reservoirs, Walleyes and Saugeyes are roaming the flats and are readily caught with 'jig n crawler' rigs and White Bass are in the rivers and on the dams. Channel catfish start their spawning in late May. A Lot of Kansas fish activity and angler activity in May.
Crappies are pursued by anglers fishing spawning areas in lakes and reservoirs. The spawners can usually be found in the same areas from year to year and many of these places are accessible to anglers fishing from the band and those wading. One located, the Crappies are easily caught with both live and artificial baits. A jig fished under a bobber is one of the most effective rigs but slow days may demand a live minnow fish under a bobber. 'Doodlesocking' is a term used for fishing without a bobber and using a long rod to drop a jig or minnow into the water where the Crappies are spawning. No matter what the technique, the common denominator is fishing shallow where the fish are spawning.
May means drifting and trolling the flats at reservoirs for Walleyes and Saugeyes. Several techniques are used by 'Eye anglers' to catch these tasty fish. One has gained popularity in recent years is the slow death rig and it is very effective in taking the eyes. The rig uses a bottom bouncing weight to which a 2 to 3 leader is attached with a special hook. The parts for these rigs can be found with instructions at most sporting goods stores. This rig is slow drifted or trolled making the crawler on the hook spin in a tantalizing way to the fish.
White Bass caught on light tackle in a river offer a real challenge. The moving water makes it difficult to land the scrappy 'Whites' as they use the current to their advantage. Some anglers use a fly rod and lures imitating a minnow to catch these spawning White Bass. Stories crop up each year of large White Bass tearing up an anglers tackle with brute force. Most of the time, it's a Wiper that has taken the bait. The White Bass also spawn on the dams at reservoirs and anglers casting spinners and jigs up shallow in the rocks can find a lot of action.
May weather is nice, the fish are biting and daylight savings gives anglers some time to get out in the evenings. Weather can be a factor but it's always a factor every month in Kansas. Whether you go to a city or state lake or reservoir, you have a better than even chance of taking home some fish this month.
Turkey hunting seasons are underway with youth and disabled season opening April 1 and archery season starting on April 3. Shotgun season opening Wednesday April 12 is the real opener for a majority of hunters.
I think there is more varieties of clothing and equipment for Turkey hunters than any other hunting sport. Calls, decoys, blinds, are just a few of the items that hunters have a ton of choices to pick from. Ask experienced hunters about some of these items and it's hard to find a lot of agreement on any one type or brand. Every hunter has their preferences and good reasons for their choices.
Calls always get a lot of discussion among Turkey hunters. With hundreds on the market plus some home made varieties, everybody has their choices and usually a good story of calling success using their favorite call. Maybe it's not the call but the caller that actually makes the sexy aluring hen sound that no red blooded gobbler can resist. Experts say if it works is all that matters.
Many say the key to success for Turkeys is scouting and finding active Toms that are looking for a mate. Pre-season scouting that lets you find where the birds are abundant helps. Generally Turkeys will be in the same area as previous seasons however changes in crops may alter their daily habits and specific locations. This is where calling gives a hunter the advantage of bringing the bird to them.
Finding a place to hunt requires some creativity at times. Public hunting areas around our reservoirs are great places for Turkeys but may be hard to get to. A few years ago a Missouri Turkey hunter told me of a technique that they used to get to those hard to get to places. They accessed them by boat, going out before dawn and listening for the roosting birds as they awakened. Once they pinpointed the Turkeys location, they pulled the boat up to shore and then set up and called the birds.
Wild Turkeys are not like domestic birds when it comes to cooking. The best way to handle a wild bird is grind the breat into burger and make soup out of the legs and thighs. The wild birds have great flavor but are tough and this is one way to get by that problem.