photo credit – Kim Schuster
|BAITS, LOCATION, METHODS
|All KDWPT fisheries districts are offering a fishing newsletter that can be sent out to all that want it. The newsletters are aimed at keeping anglers informed about fishing opportunities and information in their areas of interest. The first few editions of the Cheney Fisheries District have been completed and are ready for distribution.
|Zebra mussels can be found attached to rocks lakewide. Zebra mussel veligers are too small to be seen with the unaided eye and they can be found in boat livewells, minnow buckets, boat bilges, water toys, and anything else that is capable of holding even a small amount of water. Be sure to drain all equipment before leaving the lake to avoid moving veligers to other waters. THIS INCLUDES MINNOW BUCKETS, BOAT LIVEWELLS, AND BILGES!!!
Zebra mussel numbers have decreased at Cheney; however, anglers and boaters should still use caution to avoid moving adults and veligers from the lake.
Click HERE to learn how to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.
|White Bass and Wiper
|Good fall and winter spots for white bass are off of deep dropoffs near M&M point and the west toadstool shelters. Anglers also do well in the upper end in the river channel.
Fall netting results indicate excellent white bass and wiper populations. There are high densities of temperate bass and lots of quality fish. Fishing should be as good for temperate bass in 2015 as it has been in recent years.
|Up to 28″
|Walleyes are tough to find in the cold water; however, fish hold on deep structure and are likely feeding on 4-6″ gizzard shad. Match your bait to the forage.
Gill net samples were encouraging for walleyes. Although numbers will be down slightly in 2015, there are still plenty of sublegal and legal-sized fish in the population. Decent numbers of of fish from the 2014 stocking were captured, which is a good sign for the future.
|Up to 15″
|Fall and winter can be the best times to focus on crappie. Look for them on sharp drops in deep water.
|Up to 10 lb
|Channel and blue catfish can provide fun winter angling. Focus on structure and channel borders.
|Netting results this fall indicate that white perch numbers increased this year; however, there are many catchable-size white perch (10+”) in the lake.
White perch cannot be used as live bait, but they do make good cut bait. For tips on identifying a white perch from a white bass, wiper or striped bass click HERE.
All white perch in your possession must be dead. It is illegal to posses live white perch.
|This is a general winter fishing report. If a good bite is reported, it will be posted. Otherwise, weekly fishing reports will resume in March.