Regional kayak fishing reports from Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa by YakAngler.com Pro Staff members and the community.
It had been a couple of years since Marian and I had visited my family back in northern Minnesota, so we decided to make July 4th a long weekend. Prior to flying out of Charleston, SC I contacted my Jackson Kayak Fishing Team members about a locating some Jackson Kayaks to take my brother kayak fishing. Aaron Stiger suggested that I contacted CW Outfitting in Clearwater, MN.
For fishermen in Minnesota, April can seem like it drags on forever. The agonizingly-slow process of ice-out collides with an increasingly-desperate sense of cabin fever. Even as the smaller, shallower lakes open up, seasons for game fish are still closed. It’s a good time to put on new line, sort your tackle, and do any necessary maintenance - but what do you do with the other twenty nine days? For me, there’s only one option: drive south.
The Northwest Sportshow is one of the largest outdoor shows in the Midwest. MNKFA will present two seminars on kayak bass fishing. Don’t miss the opportunity to get a head start on learning new tactics for landing more bass this season!
March From the perspective of a kayak fisherman in Minnesota, the month of March can be a little disheartening. The ice fishing season for gamefish has just ended (walleye, pike, bass, etc.) The only local ice fishing to be done now is pan-fish or rough fish. Ice-out on local lakes is usually the middle of April to the first part of May. Hang in there…
Shortly after returning from my last adventure with FeralOne, I took a nine-hour drive to Lincoln, NE for Kayakapalooza V to wrap up the summer travels. Kayak fishing in the Midwest has really picked up speed and becoming a popular sport. Tournaments are popping up all over the place, but this is one of the longest running in the Midwest.
The fourth trip of the summer of 2014 took me on a “Travels of a YakAngler” adventure very different from my last one and even more different from the ones before that. This trip took me near Wahoo, NE to compete in the Midwest Kayak Fishing Series final event.
With spring on the horizon the kayak fishing craze will soon be in full swing! Springtime temperatures will bring the fish back to the shallows, where lunkers can be caught while staging to pick off non-suspecting baitfish. Here in southwest Nebraska, the temperatures rise a little sooner than the rest of the state because of the arid conditions.
To say the least, we’ve had bizarre weather this winter. A couple of weeks ago, there was a high of 71°F at 4pm Sunday. Thirty-six hours later it was -3°F. Overall, it has been a colder-than-normal winter. Ice fishing started a little earlier than usual. While I’ve enjoyed a few days on the ice…