Darn it, why aren’t the small trout biting?

07/10/2014 5:34 PM

07/10/2014 5:34 PM

Catch of the week

Phil Lilley was in search of small trout when he took his grandkids fishing recently on Lake Taneycomo.

“We were trying to catch a couple of small trout for an art project they were doing,” said Lilley, who runs Lilleys’ Landing Resort and Marina.

Grandpa didn’t do so well. From the start, it became apparent the small ones weren’t biting.

The big ones were.

When Lilley baited a hook with a night crawler and handed the rod to 2-year-old granddaughter Serenity Clark of Olathe, it wasn’t long before the rod was doubled over and a fish was steaming away with the bait.

Serenity began reeling as grandpa steadied the fishing rod. But it wasn’t long before the youngster tired and let grandpa finish the battle. After a five-minute fight, Lilley landed a brown trout he estimated at 5 pounds.

Serenity posed for pictures, then watched as the fish was released.

Meanwhile, Lilley’s 4-year-old grandson Jeriah was experiencing similar luck. He caught several large rainbows that had to be released, much to the youngster’s frustration.

When Lilley reminded his grandkids that they still needed to catch two small trout, Jeriah answered, “But granddaddy, all I catch are big fish.”

The two youngsters, who had their parents, Sara and Joshua Clark, along for the fishing trip, eventually caught those smaller rainbows and the art project went on as planned.

Ready, set, cast!

If you’re a beginner and want some tips on how to get started in fishing, this is the program for you.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will host its Discover Nature — Fishing program in the Kansas City area starting July 22. The program will be divided into four lessons: the first on equipment, casting and fish handling; the second on how to tie a knot and bait a hook; the third on five common Missouri fish — their anatomy, habits and how to catch them; and lesson four on fishing with lures and regulations.

The first two lessons will be 6 to 9 p.m. July 22 at the Burr Oak Woods Nature Center in Blue Springs. Lesson three will be 6 to 8 p.m. July 24 at the same site. The sessions will start with instruction and will be followed by an hour of fishing. The time and date of the fourth lesson have yet to be decided.

The program is open to children and their families, and adults who are just getting started in fishing. The sessions are limited to the first 25 to register. Participants can sign up by calling 816-622-0900.

The urban outdoors

Even in the city, there are plenty of opportunities to become involved in the outdoors.

That’s the message Candice Price and Wayne Hubbard of the television show “Urban American Outdoors” are trying to get out.

That’s one of the reasons they, in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Conservation, are hosting the Urban Outdoor Summit on July 18-19 at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City.

The event is designed to make urban dwellers aware of the ever-growing outdoor-recreation opportunities, both on the participation side and the industry side. Speakers also will promote green living, sharing information about conservation and environmental issues, and getting children involved at an early age in the outdoors.

The event will start with a welcome reception from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 18. The summit will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19, with talks by nationally known speakers and an awards luncheon.

For more information, call 913-334-5177.

Gone froggin’

Want to learn how to put some frog legs on the dinner table? You can learn the basics by attending a clinic put on by the Missouri Department of Conservation from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 25 at the Blind Pony Fish Hatchery near Sweet Springs.

The program will start with a classroom session, which will include a demonstration of how to clean the frogs that are taken, then participants will get a chance to go gigging with the help of Department of Conservation personnel.

To register or receive more information, call Brian Flowers at 573-815-7901, extension 3388.

Milford lands tourney

Big-time walleye fishing will return to Milford Lake next year.

Officials with Cabela’s recently announced that the Kansas reservoir would be the site of the Cabela’s National Team Walleye Championship the last weekend of May 2015.

The circuit held its championship at Milford in 2003 and it was a huge success. The winning weight was 39.32 pounds for 10 walleyes. That sparked national interest in the Kansas reservoir, attracting fishermen from across the nation.

To reach Brent Frazee, The Star’s outdoors editor, call 816-234-4319 or send email to bfrazee@kcstar.com.


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