Had a great two days at Timber Hills Lakes near Mapleton, KS with the Kansas Outdoor Writers. These folks really treated us nice and I’m looking forward to going back there as soon as possible.
Lots of lakes and ponds full of bass, crappie, bluegill and even trout. And they have little two-man (or woman) pontoon boats with electric motors you can use. Also you can turkey hunt…and I’m probably leaving something out…like deer hunting. And they have a well-stocked bar! And nice, comfortable cabins.
I stood in one place and caught this big bass, several smaller bass, two rainbow trout and several crappie, all on one fly (a gray & white Clouser).
It doesn’t get any better than this. Check it out at http://www.timberhillslake.com .
Raul Morffi shows off a big crappie
A seriously large bluegill
Mildale Farm, located at 35250 W. 199th St. Edgerton, KS, is a Johnson County Parks & Recreation event facility featuring 22 rolling acres adjoining 600 acres of future parkland. A huge equestrian-style barn serves as the main building and is surrounded by several smaller buildings. The barn is available for weddings, reunions, corporate retreats, etc. If you have reservations about holding a primary event of your life in a barn you needn’t worry. The barn has never been used to stable horses and is very nice.
Nine ponds scattered across the area are only open to public fishing on Community Day, which takes place once in the spring and again in the fall. Being as how the place is owned by Johnson County Parks & Rec. it seems odd to me that public fishing is only allowed twice a year. But what do I know? Maybe you can get married in the barn, grab your rod and fish a while, then go back into the barn for your divorce.
My friend Terry Robbins and I joined several other anglers Saturday, April 26th to sample the ponds. Fly fishing into a brisk breeze we caught and released a mixture of bass, bluegill and crappie. Maybe Parks & Rec. has a good reason for the catch-and-release regulations but it seems odd considering the light fishing pressure. Such restrictive regulations can only result in an overpopulation of stunted fish.
Remember Beavis and Butt Head? Could you identify with them? Me neither, but I thought they were funny in a junior high school sort of way. Maybe I would’ve liked them even more if they had been fly fishermen… like Orvis and Bead Head.
A catchphrase making the rounds nowadays is “I want to do something to make a difference”. What makes a difference varies from person to person but here’s something that will definitely make a difference regardless of your political persuasion: Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.
PHWFF provides fly fishing, fly casting, and fly tying instruction for wounded military personnel. If you are proficient in any of these areas this great organization can find a use for you.
If you’re not confident in your instructional abilities but would like to contribute to PHWFF please mail your check to:
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.
PO Box 695
La Plata, MD 20624
Support our wounded servicemen and women. visit http://projecthealingwaters.org.