Chasing White Bass with Tri

Thursday, April 28, 2011 , , 0 Comments

Saturday I went fishing with Tri and his son Alexander. Overall it was a fairly successful day: 23 fish including 16 White Bass, 6 Wiper, and 1 Smallmouth Bass. Almost all were caught trolling the dam face at Clinton Lake. The key lures were hammered nickel spoons and small rattletraps. It was a blast and hopefully the larger Wiper will be closer to shore soon as I have yet to hook into any Wiper over 2 lbs! Hopefully the weatherman decides on sun this week. 

Nice White Bass from Alexander. 

This seems to be the average size White Bass at Clinton this year. 

Little Smallmouth Bass: Silver/Blue Rattletrap


When its Cold, Go Deep!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 0 Comments

The Crappie are close to shore in big numbers at Clinton Lake and it hasn't been unusual for individuals to have 20+ fish days. However, as it is spring, inclement weather is not uncommon nor are cold fronts. After a cold front, we have found the bite to be very tough, so Levi took a clue from a recent In-Fisherman article and we went from a more typical jig approach to using small crankbaits with great results, lots of fish, and large Crappie. Key lures have been the Norman Deep Tiny N in chartreuse and silver, and silver 1/8 ounce Rattle Traps.

Very nice Crappie from Levi, Chartreuse Norman Deep Tiny N

Caught quite a few small Largemouth that day as well. 

1 1/4 lb Crappie on a small silver Rattle Trap. 

Another nice Crappie, Silver/Blue Norman Deep Tiny N


Walleye Spawn

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 , , 0 Comments

The Walleye spawn was very tough this year. Large variations in temperature during the spawn I think led to a difficult bite. The fish that were caught were largely on Original Rapala's and White Grubs. I saw many Walleye, some of which were very large, close to shore but only caught a few. Hopefully, as the year progresses I will be able to catch a few more. Overall I was pretty disappointed with the results of this years spawn. Below is 2 1/2 lb Walleye, caught on an Original Rapala, black and silver. 


Wiper ID

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 0 Comments

With the Wiper Run about to start and a few fish sporadically being caught I thought I would take a moment to show how one can tell the difference between a White Bass, Wiper, and Striped Bass. In Clinton Lake and the majority of Kansas Reservoirs both White Bass and Wiper are present. The information below comes from I always encourage catch and release but especially with Wiper, which are naturally sterile and are only present due to stocking by Fish and Game Departments. In Kansas the limit on Wiper is two, there is no limit on White Bass. Hopes this help you identify your fish this year.