Fishing report for April 17

Brent’s best bet: The spring fishing is heating up at Table Rock Lake. The bass fishing has been outstanding this week, with fish being caught on wobblehead jigs with plastic crawdad trailers. The fishing for crappies and white bass also has been good, especially in the river arms where the fish are spawning.

Oft-maligned Alabama rigs catch the attention of bass

Bill Babler rared back and launched a long cast with a multi-lure contraption that some bass fishermen jokingly call a “chandelier rig.” With a weighted jig head, five wires extending from it and plastic baits attached to those leaders, you can see where it got that nickname.

Fishing report for April 10

Brent’s best bet: The spring fishing has finally broken loose at Norfork Lake. Guide Darrel Binkley reports that crappies, stripers and bass all are in the shallows and biting.

Versatile Mike McClelland wins Bassmaster Elite tournament

Mike McClelland’s first victory Sunday was just beating the deadline to make it in on time to weigh-in his catch during the final round of the Bassmaster Elite tournament at Table Rock Lake. His second victory was the one that counted — his first Elite championship in six years and a $100,000 check to go with it.

Scanlon, Chapman fail to make cut at Table Rock tournament

There will be no championship for Casey Scanlon or Brent Chapman in the Bassmaster Elite national tournament at Table Rock Lake. Both of the Johnson County fishermen were eliminated from contention Saturday when the field was pared to the top 12 for Sunday’s championship round.

Fishing report for April 3

Brent’s best bet: Night or day, the fishing has been good at Norfork Lake on the Missouri-Arkansas state line. During the day, fishermen have been catching crappies in the deep brush. At night, stripers are hitting stickbaits along the banks.

Conservation in Kansas comes under attack in Legislature

Four bills wending their way through the Kansas Legislature will decide whether certain wildlife and environmentally sensitive land will continue to be protected, or whether conservation management will give way to development and farming and ranching interests.

Fishing report for March 27

Brent’s best bet: Kansas City residents don’t have to travel far to find some excellent fishing this weekend. Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kan., has been a hot spot, with the channel cat fishing rated as excellent at night and the trout fishing good to excellent throughout the day.

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