After a reunion with our family in Lawrence, Kansas
the previous evening – we moved deep into America’s
heartland to fish Milford
day of June 26. Although
the competition is steep, Milford
is currently at
the top when it comes to Kansas
been born and raised in
the heartland of America,
was hoping for a great day on the water with our fishing guide,
biologist, and fellow Kansas State University
alumni Chad Richardson. Chad met us at the boat
ramp at 7AM and we were
quickly off to try our hand at catching some Kansas walleye.
By 8AM we had netted several nice
ghost eyes – not huge but they were our first walleyes of our
journey thus far. That’s
about the time it started to get
interesting. A half
mile away we got a
glimpse of some breaking fish. WIPERS! A cross between striped
bass and white bass
the wipers or “hybrids” to some were feeding on the
you’ve ever experienced a feeding frenzy
you know this is not something you want to miss out on.
We quickly re-rigged our rods for casting
surface plugs and moved in as stealthy as possible.
Three casts later and then
“WAM” – FISH ON! –
the first Wiper of our 50 day journey was on the line.
These fish are fighters – pound for
strong as any fish for their size.
had the pleasure of breaking fish on every side of us for 45 minutes
and then they were
gone. All was quiet
again – back to the
Diversity is always exciting as
the day brought us Drum, White Bass, Walleye, Brim, and Wipers
– a pretty good morning
on the water.
Finally, Chad launched Kansas
to the top of the hospitality scale.
As we were saying our goodbyes Chad brought out a
Styrofoam cooler from his truck
and said “I heard how North Carolina
treated you guys so well and we didn’t want to be out done so
this is for you!” Inside
the cooler there were four huge Omaha
Steaks and some homemade baked beans – It would be Surf
tonight! There's No Place