When Jim Canada fishes a topwater lure at Wyandotte County Lake at this time of the year, he has reasonable aspirations of catching a nice-sized largemouth bass.
A trophy wiper? Not so much.
But that’s what happened Thursday morning when he worked a Cordell Jointed Redfin topwater lure, a jointed wake bait, through the shallows.
He caught a 10-pound, 12-ounce wiper, a cross between a white bass and a striper. In the process, he set a lake record, breaking the mark of 9 pounds, 9 ounces set in 1996.
“When that fish hit, it looked a bowling ball had been dropped into the water,” said Canada, 50, who lives in Kansas City, Kan. “It just exploded on that lure.”
After a short but fierce fight Canada got the fish to boatside and was amazed at what he had.
“I knew there were wipers in here, but I had no idea there were fish that big in here,” he said. “I mostly fish for bass out here. And Wyandotte has some good bass fishing.
“This fish was a bonus.”
Canada returned to the marina and had the fish weighed. Then he released his catch.
He was pleased to learn that he was in the Wyandotte County Lake record books. But he isn’t sure how long he will be.
“Denny (Porterfield, who runs the marina) told me that he has seen bigger wipers caught, but the fishermen who caught them didn’t bother to have them weighed,” Canada said. “So, who knows, this record may not last long.
“But that’s no big deal. It was fun. That fish put up one heck of a fight.”
A record specialist
James Lucas of O’Fallon, Mo., is back in the Missouri record books.
He landed an 8-pound, 6-ounce hybrid white bass on a throwline on April 22 in the Mississippi River, setting an “alternative methods” state record. The category includes fish caught on methods other than rod and reel — throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spear fishing, snagging, snaring, grabbing, archery and atlatl.
That marked the second time in less than a month that Lucas had earned a spot in the Missouri record books. He caught a state-record skipjack herring on April 8.
“You haven’t heard the last of me,” he told the Missouri Department of Conservation. “I hope to set many more state records in the future.”
Missouri migratory-bird seasons set
Missouri migratory-bird seasons will have a different look this fall.
The dove season will last 20 days longer than in the past. It will run Sept. 1 through Nov. 29 this year. And changes in the federal framework allowed Missouri to set its seasons for Canada and white-fronted geese the latest in modern history. The Canada goose season will run Oct. 1-9 and Nov. 11-Feb. 6. The whitefront season will be Nov. 11-Feb. 6.
The Missouri duck seasons will be Oct. 29-Dec. 27 in the North Zone, Nov. 5-Jan. 3 in the Middle Zone, and Nov. 24-Jan. 22 in the South Zone.
The changes were made when the Missouri Conservation Commission met last week.