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Hi-My son recently moved back here & has suggested we go fishing this w/e.  We haven't been fishing here in years. We don't have a boat, so it will be bank-fishing.  Any suggestions as to where we should go?  --Preferably someplace we can catch something so that he'll want to do this again!  He suggested Jas A Reed, where we used to go a lot when he was a kid.  What do y'all think?  --Not north of Liberty or south of Jas A Reed would be best.

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Did you go to Jas A Reed? If so, how was it--do you have a report?

I did go.  I caught a real nice LM on a 6" Texas rigged senko up real shallow in some brush.  It was a real nice place as it was my first time.  I took my boy out there and he got a little antsy after an hour.  We went to two different ponds, one was blanketed with a thick weed.  I could tell it was fishy but my boy kept getting all mucked up so we left and went to another lake which i think was plover.  It had a ton of lay downs around the shore.  All in all I was really impressed with james a reed.  I would love to spend a day out there just pond hopping to all the different places.  I also wish i could take my bass buggy out there, although there is one of the larger lakes that has 4 boats for rent.  I need to check into that. 

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Thanks for the report skunked, I was trying to decide where to go Wednesday. Melvern was on my list and that looks like where I'll be headed!

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Well we went to Melvern today and we killed them! Caught tons of smallies and whites. We also caught some largemouth, spots, and one each of drum, carp, and sunfish. Nothing huge buts lots of smallmouth up to 3lbs, white bass over 2lbs, and one of the largemouth was just shy of 4lbs. Caught fish on almost everything we threw. Shakey heads, rattle trap type baits, pointers, and LC rick clunn crankbaits were best producers. Also caught fish on poppers, chompers, spinnerbaits, and gulp minnows. I was such an awesome day I may have to go back tomorrow!

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The wind was pretty rough but we mainly just fished with it where it was bad and against it where we were out of it a little bit. When it really started to blow we were just fishing faster moving baits because you couldn't feel a shakey head at all. I went back the next day and did pretty good but not quite as good. I did catch a pretty nice saugeye on a hula grub that made the trip back home with me. I had another good largemouth on a spinnerbait and plenty of nice smallies. Most of my fish thursday were on a 78 pointer in american shad.

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Don't know if any of you guys fish La Cygne very much but if you go there any time soon the lake is pretty low and there are several stumps visible that would normally be under water. Some of these stumps are a long way from the bank and in places where someone may run their boat. The fishing was really good despite the wind last thursday. No big bass but lots of nice wipers and you could have filled a boat with white bass at the outlet. It was an expensive day though, I was catching fish on a strike king king shad and broke or lost 4 of them. At 20 bucks apiece, that hurts  :'( , but you don't buy them to just sit in your tackle box right?

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I didn't do any good in the river, all my fish were on the main lake with the outlet being the best area by far. I caught fish around the island and along the bank by the island. I caught fish on spinnerbaits, swimbaits, rage craws, XR50 rattlebaits, and tubes. It wasn't a really fast bite anywhere other than the outlet and a lot of those fish were white bass and wipers but it's better than nothing! I'd like to get back to melvern one more time this year but work may mess that plan up.

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I got to go fishing yesterday, 11/5 at Indian Creek Lake in Livingston County.  Water temp has dropped about ten degrees over the past week.  Last week - low 60's.  This week - low 50's.  It was chilly.  Weather report said there was a high of 50 - but I don't believe it.  I had on polypro/wool long underwear, heavy wool socks, and a polar fleece suit over that.  Once I got on the water - I had to go to Frogg Toggs to stop the wind.

I have a heavy duty suit og Cabelas Guide Wear but I dsidn't throw it in the truck because I didn't think it would be so cold.  Next week I bet I remember the Guide wear.

Fishing sucked.  Only touched 4 fish all day all on different baits in different parts of the lake.  At one point, 2:30 or so in the afternoon I missed several hits on wacky senkos in bushes 6 to 8 feet down.  They hit and ran with it but I missed on hookset.  The whole baitfish in the back of coves thing hasn't happened at all for me this year and I don't know why.  I'm going next week and take another shot - maybe should the water temps stabilize at 50 or so for a while, fishing will pick up.

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Wow, 13 bass from Hillsdale. That's a pretty day anytime I've been out there!

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Long range fishing report for Friday 11/19 calls for partly sunny, high of 52, a couple of days after a rainy afternoon Weds. 11/17.  I'm going fishing - don't know where yet - probably Chillicothe.  Didn't go last week because I'm a wimp and I didn't want to mess with the all day off and on rain.

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New to the board just moved back to Overland Park from ATL! Fished Lacynge last month with my neighbor Aron. Caught all fish on susp. jerk baits in 6 to 8 feet of water. Total of 15 in less than 5 hours. Was the Saturday before Christmas. Looking to go maybe this Sunday if the wind stays away! Any other crazy winter fishermen out there??

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I would fit into that group! I fish all winter long as long as the water stays soft, the wind isn't blowing really hard, and the highs make it over about 25. I fish La Cygne and Wolf Creek just depending on the wind and where the bite is supposed to be going! La Cygne had more ice on it than I've ever seen last Monday. The main ramp in Linn County park was iced in and the ice line went about straight across the lake from there. Water at the outlet just barely hit 40, highest temp I saw was 46 along the rock bank by the island for some reason?

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I was told by a guy I see out at La Cygne all the time that they are not discharging very much hot water right now. Does anyone know if there is a schedule of some kind for the power plant? The day we fished air temp was 27 and the water at the outlet was 48-50 in spots.

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You can call Linn County Parks and probably get that information. I'm not sure what the number is but I'm sure you could find it online or go to Kansas Department of Wildlifes website, it's listed there under La Cygnes fishing report. The water at the outlet was only 40 degrees Monday and if they haven't picked up since then there may not be a boatramp open right now. The only one open Monday was the one straight across from the outlet that is extremly shallow right now. I had to use my trolling motor for the first 100 yards before I could even put my big motor down far enough to motor the rest of the way over. The warmest water I saw all day was 46 degrees.

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Tore them up at Wolf Creek today. Final count was 32 crappie, 30 largemouth, 29 white bass, 1 smallmouth, and 1 catfish. It was one of those rare days out there with no wind and this warm day really turned them on. There was another boat catching whites almost every cast but I got tired of unhooking them while trying not to get hooked ;). I got my 2 fish limit of crappie over 14 inches, crazy how many big crappie are in that lake.

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The bass were almost all on spinnerbaits, flukes, pointers. The whites were mostly on an excaliber XR50 rattlebait. The crappies were all on minnows or a berkley power minnow jigging in 9 feet of water.

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