Wyandotte County Lake

Discussion in 'LOCAL KANSAS TALK' started by KC Jayhawk 78, Jan 25, 2007.

  1. KC Jayhawk 78

    KC Jayhawk 78 New Member

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    Well fellas the season grows nearer, and I got that itch. WCL starts the trout fishing at the end of February. I got my license recently, and fished once out at Perry. I only caught 2 white bass, but it was fun none the less. I was talking at work the other day with some of my asian buddies that fish for trout,crappie, and cats at WCL, and they told me that when they went to buy their licenses at Walmart on State Ave. , that there was a posting stating that WCL would return to the permits they used 2 seasons ago. I didnt believe it, I had thought they had done away with that, and that there would be no more WC permits needed. Well I had to investigate for myself, so I called the WC Parks and Rec Admin. Office, and sure enough, they not only reinstated the permits, but they raised the price for the permit, and raised the price for the trout permit also. I lived in WC for 25 years, and moved out to JO, Olathe, to be closer to work 3 years ago. Now I have to pay 30 bucks for non-resident WC permit, and 20 bucks for WC trout permit. The WC residents have to pay 20 for the WC permit and 10 for the WC trout permit. Now I know they spent alot of money to stock all the trout over the past 5 years, but this whole thing stinks of a bait and switch type ordeal. They let you fish 1 year without a WC permit to draw out of county and more in county residents to the lake to show them how hot the trout bite is from the end of February through the end of March, then the very next year, they go right back to the same thing as before with increased fees for resident and non-resident fisherman. This just chaps my hide , and Im debating whether or not to even get my permits for WCL this season. The only things that make me really want to get it is, that trout bite is really hot those first two weeks, so I would save money by getting the year permits and not the daily ones. Also, WCL is one of my favorite spots for black crappie in the spring. Im just wondering if you all knew about this, and how you feel about it. Will you be buying the permits this season or no. They also stock a huge amount of eater channels this time of year also, as does Pierson Lake. Now I could get a JOC district permit and trout permit, but Shawnee Mission Park Lake and Heritage Lake doesnt stock half the trout combined that WCL does. Im sure Ill end up getting the WC permit, Im just not sure If I want to pay 20 bucks for a trout permit, when Ill only be fishing for trout about 6 or 7 days out there this year. :sad2:
     
  2. Charlie365

    Charlie365 New Member

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    I couldn't believe it, so I called to check it out and found out you were 100% correct that Wyandotte County Lake is going back to the old ways with LOCAL permits in addition to State Fishing licenses. I called the Parks Dept. today and confirmed this bad news.

    Wyandotte County Residents
    In addition to your KS State Fishing license, you have to have:

    Fishing Permit $15
    Trout Permit $10 additional
    Boat Permit $25

    NON-Residents of Wyandotte County
    In addition to your KS State Fishing license, you have to have:
    Fishing Permit $30
    Trout Permit $20 additional
    Boat Permit $50

    Needless to say, I doubt if you'll see very many NON-Residents there this year.........

    If you don't have a Trout permit, you must immediately release any trout caught.

    Feb 24 will be opening weekend.
    They were there stocking some trout even today, the lady said.
     

  3. herekitty

    herekitty New Member

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    I phoned and they said if your over 65 you don't have to pay for a seperate Trout tag. So if your a resident of Wyandotte county its $15 to fish WCL of course the boat permit is the same.
     
  4. warcraft1975

    warcraft1975 New Member

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    that place aint worth that much to fish it keep it, i like the river here better anyways
     
  5. KC Jayhawk 78

    KC Jayhawk 78 New Member

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    Well , opening day was supposed to be Feb 24th, but it got pushed back to March 3rd due to ice on the lake. Ill be out there tomorrow, and I just wondered if any of you BOC members were planning on going out there in the morning. Ill be at Stotler Cove (shelter #6). If your going out tomorrow stop by and say hey. Ill be wearing a blue rain suit. Good luck. :cool2:
     
  6. KC Jayhawk 78

    KC Jayhawk 78 New Member

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  7. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    Great nothing like going to look at some fish pictures and find at the bottom of the pictures. Advertisement for hours and up on hours of porn entertainment. :big_smile:
     
  8. KC Jayhawk 78

    KC Jayhawk 78 New Member

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    Josh , I use imagevenue to show my pics. I was unaware of this.
     
  9. kscatman

    kscatman New Member

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    I fished Wyandotte co lake every year for trout when I lived in lansing. I did'nt mind paying the price until I went to Lake shawnee in topeka which charges only five dollars for a permit. It also stocks ALOT LAGER TROUT!!! Other benifits include the fact they stock half the load in november and the other half in late febuary, so you get over 5 months of trout fishing. They stock 14'000lbs per year. I know that is about 4000lbs less than Wyandotte, but it recieves alot less pressure. The average size of the fish this year are 2.5 to 3lbs and I've already caught a couple 4.5lbs or better. I've caught several large trout at wyandotte over the years but nowhere near the amount that I've caught at lake shawnee. Another advantage is you can catch and release as many as you like, I caught and released over 40 trout on tuesday(on small single hook jigs of course. I dont believe bait caught fish should be released if they have swallowed the hook) Anyway I feel really ripped off by all the money I gave wyandotte over the years. I dont know where they got their trout, but shawnee county is able to get nearly as many for only five dollars per angler. I really believe the wyandotte situation is a money making deal not only providing good fish for fisherman. I'll try to take some pics of my catch tommorow if I can figure out how to downsize the file I'll post them. I'm not really computer literate and every time I try to upload a pic on this site it says the file is too large. By the way Charlie Ballenger (center12) went out there with me today and bagged his limit, with one fish that was really nice. If I had to guess I would say it was between 4.5 and 5lbs.
     
  10. KC Jayhawk 78

    KC Jayhawk 78 New Member

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    Thats cool Eric , I need to go out to Topeka someday and try that out. You can use www.imagevenue.com to upload your pics , then just copy and paste the links into your thread.
     
  11. Catchinbiguns

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    Keith you gotta show man how to be a TROUT MAN also, lol.... Good lookin for man
     
  12. KC Jayhawk 78

    KC Jayhawk 78 New Member

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    Kenny , all you need is the right permits and a little cleo. :wink:
     
  13. s_self88

    s_self88 New Member

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    I see in the fishing report is says channels are good on the grassy slope. I'm not too familiar with this lake, so could anyone tell me where the grassy slope is?
     
  14. kscatman

    kscatman New Member

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    The grassy slope ison the southeast side of the lake, i believe. It is near the parralel entrance. It is right across from the park for kids. I'ts easy to find. Judt a big grassy hill. Try using nightcrawlers there around dark its usually great.
     
  15. s_self88

    s_self88 New Member

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    Alright, thanks for the help. I hear that shad is working good, does anyone know if there is any where to easily get shad right now? Maybe the creek at olathe lake or something?

    Kscatman- how's the boat workin' out for ya?
     
  16. KC Jayhawk 78

    KC Jayhawk 78 New Member

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    Sean , I have not went out for shad yet, but when I do , it will be at the creek at Olathe Lake. On the grassy slope at Wyandotte, I would try Chicken Livers. My buddy Dave has been tearing them up at that spot with them. Also try over to the far right of the grassy slope, by the little cove. Thats where he has been catching them. Oh yeah, you gotta have a Wyandotte County permit. If your a non-resident, it will run you 30 dollars. Sucks I know, but its a darn good fishing lake.:cool2:
     
  17. s_self88

    s_self88 New Member

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    Wow, 30 bucks is really a lot of money, but i guess it would be worth it.

    I attached a picture of the SE part of the lake, could you give me more details as to where the grassy slope is at?
     

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  18. KC Jayhawk 78

    KC Jayhawk 78 New Member

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    Sean , the area with the red x is the spot I was telling you about. The whole red line is the grassy slope. :smile2:
     

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  19. s_self88

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    Alright, thanks for the help.