Wild Times: It is time!

In case you have been living in a cave for the last several months, spring has arrived. If you were living in a cave, I would not have blamed you with the winter weather that we experienced since last November. We have been spoiled for the last several years with mild and dry winters, so naturally we were shocked when we actually had to experience a real winter for once. So, now that it is time to emerge from our caves, we must decide what to do with our free time in the outdoors.

There are so many fun things to do in our state. I really don’t think people realize what a great place we live in here in the middle of the country. By the time this paper gets in your hands or on your computer, the spring turkey season will have begun. I have already talked to a couple of people who have ventured out in search of morel mushrooms. I have talked to a slew of people who have hit the waters in search of fish.

I recently sat down and read the latest edition of the fishing report for the waters in the state of Kansas. Every year when I sit down and read that writeup it gets me all wired up to hit the water. I love to fish but it seems as the years have gone by it has become increasingly difficult to get out and get it done. There is something wrong with that and I need to fix it.

My earliest memories of my childhood are ones of having a fishing rod in my hands at a farm pond. Fishing has always been a major form of entertainment for my family and some of our best memories have been of fishing trips we have taken. We have really been blessed in our community with two wonderful bodies of water – Sabetha Pony Creek and Sabetha City Lake. They are both very scenic areas with great fishing.

These two lakes offer just about any type of fishing experience one would want to encounter. The different species of fish in these two bodies of water are varied and a lot different from what was available years ago when I was a youngster. When I began my fishing career years and years ago the main focus was catfish, bass and crappie.

I found the catfish fishing a little slow for my liking. We had a farm pond that we went to that had bass fishing that just about every cast would result in a hookup. There was also a farm pond that we frequented that had an ample supply of crappie, and that was where I really got hooked on fishing.

In my book in this area, there is nothing better than crappie fishing. It is a great way to get kids hooked on fishing and the table fare after the fishing is hard to beat. As the years progressed the types of fish being pursued began to change. I was blessed to have family members that drug me around the country for different kinds of fishing.

The best thing to have ever happened to me in the fishing world was when my twin uncles took me to Canada fishing and introduced me to walleye fishing. From that point on it was full speed ahead. If I had to pick my favorite species of fishing to take part in it would have to be walleye fishing in the Canadian Shield Lake regions.

The only tough part of that is that it is a long trip up there. But once you get a taste of walleye fishing in that region, it is something that will stick with you for the rest of your life. The best walleye fishing in the world — in my opinion — is up in that area, but the world of walleye fishing has spread far and fast. We now have walleye fishing all across the country and even in our own backyard.

Yes, you can drive north to Sabetha Pony Creek Lake and tie into a walleye is you so desire. Now, the fishing for walleye here will never compare to the north country fishing but just having the opportunity to catch one here in our own backyard is amazing to me. It is time to get out there and give it a try.

Tim Kellenberger115 Posts

Tim Kellenberger serves as Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief for The Sabetha Herald since 2004. He specializes in sports reporting and column writing, as well as sports photography. Tim is a Grace University graduate with a dual degree in agricultural economics and human resource management. He lives in rural Sabetha with his wife and has four grown children and two grandchildren.

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