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TROUT FISHING IN KANSAS   Leave a comment

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When you think about trout fishing, Kansas does not pop into your consciousness right away.  This program of stocking trout into deep former strip mining pits has produced some quality angling.  In 2014 one Kansas angler caught a 15.72-pound, 28.5-inch rainbow trout to establish a new state record for the species.

By releasing 935 trout every two weeks beginning in mid-October until the end of May, Kansans enjoy great trout fishing.  Most of the fish are about 10-inches in length and weigh about 1/2 pound each.  Five percent of each release includes 14-inch or larger fish.  These trout can live year around in these deep cool lakes.  As a result it is possible a trout in the 3 to 5-pound range will take your bait.

Trout season runs from November 1st to June 15th.

Land reclamation of mined land is a success story of monumental proportions.  Such land provides recreational opportunities for photographers and wildlife observation as well as the more common consumptive uses of hunting and fishing.

Near Parsons, KS is the Mined Land Wildlife Area.   The land was once the victim of “Big Brutus” a 12 million pound electric coal shovel.  Brutus striped away the land in search of coal deposits.  In his wake came deep pits reclaimed as lakes and ponds stocked with bass, trout and other species of game fish.

There are several hundred pits in the area providing some 1,500-acres of public fishing.  Each lake is specifically managed for particular species.  The trout lake is 28-acres containing particular water elements that allow rainbow and brown trout to live all year around.

Sheltered from the wind, the lake is too small for larger boats.  Float tubes, canoes and Kayaks are best suited for this situation.

For information regarding this fishing opportunity contact Mined Land Wildlife Area, 507 E. 560th Avenue, Pittsburg, KS 66762.  The office phone number is 620-231-3173.  Information is also available online at kdwp.state.ks.us, the website for Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.   Local information is available at http://www.visitlabette.com, the local tourism bureau website.

TACTICS FOR MISSOURI TROUT   Leave a comment

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The season for Missouri trout park fishing is open.  River banks are wall to wall with anglers early in the season and on holiday weekends.  Then the crowds gradually disappear.  But the fishing for these little torpedoes remains excellent.

Classic trout fishermen typically throw very small flys.  The reason they can do that is due to the fish’s is very acute vision.  Certain environmental conditions call for the use of certain flys.    Trout are sight feeders.

Using dry flys is not the only way.  Their eyes are mid-range.  That means they are comfortable looking up for food as well as down.

Simple is good when trout fishing.  Trout have an amazing ability to consume large baits when it comes to natural ones.  They are little Billy goats.  They may prefer only very tiny offerings but it they are hungry they will take almost anything in the tackle box.

Trout prefer moving water in the 40 to 55-degree range with a rocky bottom.  They survive in pond water but on a more limited basis.

In rivers where water levels change during the day they survive through adaptation.  In fast current they move near the edges shore.  As water levels lower and current decreases they move toward the middle or anywhere.  They will range most of the river system relating to structure to conserve energy and preserve calories.

Trout have a lateral line like all fish.  They respond to movement, vibration and sound.  The lateral allows then to pinpoint a direction from which those things emanate.  They move toward that sound and use their sight to zero in on it.

A Trout’s tiny scales allow them to live in a moving water environment.  This and their slime coat allow them to go nose into the current with less energy.  They are also very slippery to handle while landing.

Southeastern Missouri has rainbow and brown trout.  Rainbows are the prominent stocking fish because they are the easiest trout to grow.  They take to the food, they take to the overcrowding and they take any water pollution a little bit better than a brown trout.

Taken from a hatchery and placed in any body of water there are two things to remember about trout.  Where did that truck back up to? And what do you have a lot of in your tackle box?  For about 3 days trout are stupid.  They spend some time where they are released trying to get acclimated.  They will bite anything.  They do not have the instincts and intuition of a wild trout because they have never had to do anything for their meals.

Most manmade lakes have an area where there is a little bit of a spring found when it was dug.  If the fish find the area they may hang out there and feed to survive through the summer.

Stocked lakes do not usually experience a trout kill.  Anglers remove most of the trout.  Every once in a while someone catches a whopper in a lake where they have been stocking them for a number of years.

Spin tackle is the main mid-western tackle for trout fishing.   Use a relatively light rod to match to your style of fishing.  Light to medium-light action is best because it is very soft and very limber.  You can throw very small lures with it.  The reason you might like the open spinning reel for trout is that you can use lighter line.   It works well with 4 to 6 pound test line.

Most of the time trout are going to respond to lures of 1 1/2 inch or less.

In stained water you might want to use something a little larger.  You can also get away with a little bigger line of 6 to 8-pound test in camo-green.  You might use the bigger line with a 2 foot leader of 4-pound monofilament.

For lures use anything from micro jigs up.  Rainbow trout and the color pink seem to go together.  Red, brown and orange are good colors for brown trout.  You can dress a jig by putting a bobber six or eight feet above it.  It is not as much as a strike indicator but to give the line weight for casting.  In clear water a clear bobber is best.  If you need to cast a long way you can put some water in the bobber or add split shot.

If you are getting short strikes because the fish is attacking the feather portion of the jig presentation, trim the tail a little making the whole presentation shorter and closer to the hook.

Adjust the bobber according to the water depth you are wanting to fish.

Spinners catch more fish than any other class of lure.  It is basically a piece of metal that goes round and round.  It creates a visual flash and a good deal of vibration.  Fish pick up the vibration through the lateral line and come from a long way away.  In clear water the flash is a big advertisement.

FINDING PUT-N-TAKE TROUT   Leave a comment

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Classic trout fishermen typically throw very small flys.  The reason they can do it is that trout are sight feeders and their vision is very acute.  Conditions dictate that fisherman to use certain flys.

Just because anglers prefer to use dry flys because it is more fun it is not the only option.  Their eyes are mid-range.  That means they are comfortable looking up for food as well as down making them multi-directional feeders.

Trout in the wild prefer cold moving water over a rocky bottom.  They can survive in the still water of a pond but on a more limited basis.  The ideal water temperature for trout is in the 40 to 55-degree range.  This can vary by sub-species.

On rivers where water levels change during the day, they survive through adaptation.  When the current is fast, they will be near the edges of the river system.  As water levels lower and current decreases they will go more toward the middle or they will range the river system.

Their relating to structure is to conserve energy and preserve calories.

A trout has a lateral line like all fish.  He responds to movement, vibration and sound.  The lateral line allows him to pinpoint a direction from which those things emanate.  He then moves toward that sound and then uses sight to zero in on it.

Trout have tiny scales allowing them to love in a moving water environment.  This coupled with their slime coat allows them to go nose into the current with less energy.  It also makes them very slippery to handle while landing.

Most popular are rainbow trout and brown trout.  Rainbow is the prominent stocking fish.  That is because they are the easiest trout to grow.  They take to the food, they take to the overcrowding and they take the polluted water a little bit better than a brown trout.

When you remove a trout from a hatchery and place it in any body of water there are two things to remember.  Where did that truck back up to? And what do you have a lot of in your tackle box?  For about 3 days trout will be stupid.  They spend some time where they are released trying to get acclimated.  They will bite anything until accustomed to the habitat.  They do not have the instincts and intuition of a wild trout because they have never had to do anything for their meals.

In most instances most manmade lakes have an area where there may be a little bit of a spring.  When the builders dug down perhaps they found a little spring trickle.  If the fish find that area they hang out there and feed to survive through the summer.  It might only be 2% or less of the total water available.

Stocked lakes do not usually have a trout kill.  Anglers remove most of the trout.  Every once in a while someone catches a whopper in a lake where they have been stocking them for a number of years.

Brown trout are more likely to be in cooler water and in moving water.  They will be in habitat that has more structure.  They are thinking ambush.  They think prey.  They are thinking what to do for the next meal.  Rainbows are just happy to be there and will just swim around.

 

TROUT RISING IN NORTHEAST IOWA   Leave a comment

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A warm spring day promises peaceful trout fishing.  Anglers with fly rods and those using ultra-light spinning tackle, ply the cold-water streams of rural “Little Switzerland” in search of rainbow, brook and brown trout.  And we find them.

Water quality is a problem with trout stocking programs.  Particularly in streams where a disturbance in the watershed adds sediment and flooding reduces the steam bank over story.  Flooding also affects the food supply.

Some areas are “walk-in” types because they are accessible only by foot.  Others are near campgrounds that are open to the public with both “primitive” and pack-in camping.  Each area is marked with a large yellow and brown sign that acts as a guide.  The sign marks areas where the Iowa DNR has negotiated public fishing access with local landowners.

All catchable trout steams are on a “put-and-take” basis.  The fish are catchable size of 10 to 13 inches and a weight of about a half pound before placing into the streams.  They added on a quota basis.  Most of the fish are rainbow trout but some are brown trout.

Between three times per week and monthly the fish go into the streams.  Frequency is dependent upon water levels and temperatures.  Hot summers are hard on trout due to low water conditions and warm water temperature.  Trout do best in water that is below 70 degrees.

Tackle for trout comes in a variety of sizes and shapes.  Of course there is the ever present fly rod and a limitless variety of flies.  In recent years longer rods and thinner lines have become the preference for trout angling.

Ultra light spinning outfits are popular.  The light line coupled with small ice fishing spoons and little in-line spinners or casting spoons work well.

Natural baits like trout eggs, salmon eggs, cheese, worms, night crawlers and spikes of course are the choice of some anglers.  Velveeta cheese is a favorite because it molds well to the hook and trout love it.  The presented below a small float and allowed to drift into fishy areas, almost anything catches these hungry trout.

Areas such as lay downs, brush piles, weeds, rocks and boulders will hold fish.  Trout can be an opportunity feeder, holding in slack water awaiting some tasty morsel that might drift past.

As we catch and release a number of “bows” the other sub-species evade us.  There will be another day.  For today we are done and have to get back on the road.

For the angler seeking more information about trout, the Hatchery at Manchester, Iowa is a good place to visit.  Located three miles east of Manchester and just a little south of Route 20, the hatchery produces most of the trout used in the trout program.  Other information about trout fishing in Iowa is available on Iowa Department of Natural Resources website.

LAKE TANEYCOMO – PART 1   Leave a comment

 

Since 1913 the construction of a dam near Forsyth, MO on the White River has controlled the flow.  Later construction led to what the formation of Lake Taneycomo.  The name is a shortened version of Taney County Missouri.

In the early years up to 1959, the lake was a warm water lake.  With the addition of water from Table Rock Dam in that year the water became a cold water fishery virtually over night.  The average water temperature year round is about 48-degrees.  Once the formation of the cold water lake was complete, the Missouri Department of Conservation built a trout hatchery at the foot of the dam.  Since then they add over 800,000 rainbow and brown trout to the lake each year.

Today the lake offers some of the best rainbow and brown trout fishing found anywhere.

Anglers plying these waters have a limit of four fish per day.

Left to their own, trout deposit their eggs in gravel of stream bed nests.  Eight weeks later they eggs hatch and the young fish (fry) remain in the gravel living off food absorbed from the yolk sac.  About the time the sac is absorbed they emerge and feed on microscopic aquatic organisms.

From the many eggs deposited in the gravel only a few young emerge and survive to adulthood.  Floods, silt, drought and predators take a severe toll on them.  Under natural conditions relatively few trout reach a catchable size desired by anglers.  Thus it is necessary to stock fish on a regular basis in Lake Taneycomo in order to maintain this fantastic recreation fishery.

With this year-round fishing experience, anglers using fly fishing and artificial lures only fish the Trophy Section Area near the lake’s headwaters.  Bait fishing anglers ply the other sections outside the Trophy area.  In the intervening years the lake produces a number of state record rainbow and brown trout.

The ever popular rainbow trout us a sight feeder who will actively pursue a variety of artificial lures and flies as well as live bait.  Anglers catch them all along the lake.  The brown trout seem to locate in the undercut banks and behind gravel bars.  From there they will attack nightcrawlers and flies.  In the spring and fall they prefer live bait drifted along the bottom.   They will take jerk baits that imitate minnows.  Most productive is the area just below the dam for several miles.

During the periods when power is not be generated the lake is both a lake and a river.  Up near Mile Marker 22 at the junction of State Highways 165 and 265 it resembles a river and bank and wade fishing is popular.  By the time one gets to Mile Marker 1 the water is deeper.  It is here that the Power Site Dam at Forsyth produces warmer water.

When the Table Rock Dam generates electricity it produces a current through the entire length of the lake making it resemble a cold, fast running river.  Just how cold, deep and fast depends upon how many generators are active.

Information about the generation schedule is available on line at http://www.swpa.gov/generationschedules.aspx.  Current generation information is available by telephone at 417-336-5083.  Other information is found on the website http://www.ozarkanglers.com.

 

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