Ok I was thinking about the river some last night and today, and with the Mo. section post of 200lb fish it has me looking back and reading. I looked at the article that I posted last year about the huge fish taken from the Kansas River. Then the point was brought up that dams might be the reason the big fish are not around like they were back then. I grew up on the river my front door was just about a 1/4 mile to the bank of the river. So as far as I can remember the river has not changed alot in my area. The average depth is just about the same in the ball park of 4-6ft. I have talked to my dad who grew up in the same area and ran the same banks that I did and he told me the same thing, he has not seen a lot of change in the river. I know that some areas are different but this is just a general over view of the section we ran. So I start looking for more info on the river. I know that boats would travle up and down her hauling goods and such. So in the end what do you guys think might be some reasons that bigger fish are not popping up like the older articles. I know some will say over harvest this might be true, if you look back at some of the articles it talkes about hundreds of fish being taken from the river. Then 15-30 years later the same and just as big as fish. These fish were going to markets and such so they were hitting the river hard. Today I would say that its gets hit hard but not on the large scale it did then if I was to guess. So what gives? The dams do not play that big of role since there are only a hand full of them on the entire river. there are 30-60 miles runs with nothing stopping them, so if the dams were the problem you are telling me the fish were running more than 60 miles? Also does anyone have any info on the early days of the Kansas River and the depth and such. Thought I would bring this to the table and see what some have to say about it.