Spring Kansas Bass Fishing
It was windy enough to blow the door off the
outhouse when my son-in-law Jason finally got time for some farm pond bass fishing.
That’s Kansas early spring weather for you. Normally, he flyfishes, but in today’s wind
and waves, he adapted to a spinning rod and the old reliable No. 3 Mepps spinner.
And that turned out just right. The bass were hungry after a cold winter, and the spinner
blades flashing in clear water fooled them into thinking, “minnow.” Time after time,
fish ranging from one to four pounds smashed the lure – helping show why bass fishing
is the most popular angling sport in America. You can do the same thing wherever you live.
Smaller farm ponds, state fishing lakes and community lakes warm up earlier than larger
reservoirs. And spring fishing will be good at these lakes first. Consult the 2010 Kansas
Fishing Atlas for maps of all state- and community-owned lakes, as well as private waters leased and
open to fishing through KDWP’s FISH program. More than 100,000 private farm ponds wait
across the state with outstanding bass fishing. With a little legwork and personal contact,
you can get permission to fish your own secret fishing hole.
In early spring, surprising success can be had on smaller waters by simply bank fishing
with a modest spinning rig, 8-pound test line, and an in-line spinner found just about anywhere
fishing tackle is sold. No fancy tricks are needed. Largemouth bass are hungry now and
will readily strike an inline spinner that is simply retrieved at a steady pace. And
to make things better, other gamefish like crappie, walleye, and white bass strike these
lures as well. Wind often roils clear water in shallow coves,
and bass often feed along the visible line where clear and murky water mingle. Wave action
often cuts underwater light levels from bright overhead daylight, making gamefish more active
during good fishing hours. So the same wind that made it hard to stand
up probably helped the fishing. Jason had only two hours to fish, and he ended up catching
and releasing more than 30 nice bass. That’s enough to get you fired up for Kansas’ great
fishing that always marks April and May. Buy a Kansas fishing license and enjoy this
thrilling action for yourself. I’m Mike Blair for Kansas Wildlife and Parks.