Yesterday afternoon I fished a stream in the Flint Hills and was absolutely stunned and what high water had done since I was there in late May. A gravel bar as large as a small house had been moved downstream about 50 yards.
Fishing was decent despite high, murky water. My personal highlight was a 12-inch largemouth that struck a spinnerbait as I fished from a high bank.
When the time was right I lifted the rod and pulled the fish out of the water and over the bank. It fell off immediately and flopped in the leaves. Thinking nothing of it I nudged him back into the stream with my foot.
About two seconds later I noticed there wasn’t a lure on my line. It had come untied and I’d obviously just released a fish with a $4 lure in his mouth.
Oh well, I guess he’ll be the prettiest bass in that stream. Hope the other fish don’t strike at the spinner as it flutters about when the fish swims. That would have to hurt ol’ Pretty Boy after a while.
Here’s an interesting press release from Ducks Unlimited about CRP and the habitat it provides in the prairie pothole region. You’ll need to scroll down a bit to read it. I’m at a loss for how to get it higher. Sorry.