Sunday, July 22, 2012

Lake Lenexa Kickboat 7-22-2012

Enjoyed several hours on Lake Lenexa this morning on Ray's Water Otter kick boat. It's a perfect boat for that sized lake, being lightweight but oars to move around quickly. I fished mostly the south bank, much of the time in the shade and perfect temperature. Later in the sun it started getting a little hot. I caught a ton of blue gill and sunfish, and only landed one Largemouth Bass. My small white popper seemed to be the most productive, but also caught a few on a Woolley and even my Chernobyl Ant. This particular white popper has caught hundreds of fish, but as you can see by the picture, is finally getting chewed up enough I'll probably have to ditch it (this size is small enough for the bigger blue gill to swallow and sometimes hard to get out). As the day warmed up, the fishing seemed to slow down, but it was a great day. I happened to run into Zack and his dad fishing by the dam today, where I had helped him fish Friday to get his Scouting badge. Here are a few photos:



Beat up popper

Blue gill

Largemouth Bass

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Roaring River Family Re-Union 6-29-2012

Our trip last weekend down to Roaring River State Park in the Missouri Ozarks was a family re-union, but I was also able to get in a little fishing while I was there. It was pretty hot, but the humidity was down as well as a lot of shade and cool stream, so it really wasn't too bad. We enjoyed a lot of family and game time as well as catching up with everyone. The spring and stream were very low as it has really been dry down there. That really affected the fishing, as there weren't many deep pools. Even the catch and release area so low it was hard to fish. So I fished mostly dry flies, and probably caught about a dozen trout during three stints of about an hour each. The Chernobyl Ant was my favorite, as it always stirred up activity and occasionally caught a trout off guard. I also fished a bed spread part time and caught several on that. I especially enjoyed being able to have my wife and parents watch me fish, as they don't often get that opportunity. We stayed in those duplex cabins with the door in between, which was really convenient. And we had a couple of cute rug rats down this year, which made it even more fun. One night we got to laughing so hard, we were hurting. Also, on the way back, we drove through Joplin for the first time since the storm. Still a lot of damage visible, and lots of new stuff. Also, gas prices down there were below $3. Here are some pictures.

 The Spring Pool leading to the spring 

The Spring

The hatchery

Fishing Time

Rainbow Trout

Family Time