Wyandotte County Lake is a lake located in Eastern Kansas. This lake is a gem of Wyandotte county, in Kansas City, Kansas. Wyandotte County Lake is a deep, freshwater lake and is known for catfish and crappie fishing among others.
Wyandotte County Lake was constructed in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration. This is a lake that is frequented every day by anglers who are fishing for catch and release and also fishing for that perfect spring or summer dinner. While there are many different types of fish in this beautiful lake, we are going to focus on Crappie.
Crappie fishing is fun and also good fishing if you like fishing for your dinner. Black and white crappie are both school fish, so if you are fishing and catching crappie, you are probably having a good day. They will also school with other types of pan fish and they like to hang out with fallen trees and brush. We’ve had a lot of flooding here, so there is a ton of vegetation underwater.
• Right now, they are going to bite on minnows or artificial minnows. Artificial Bait That Works are small jigs. These work the best, and usually the 1/8 oz jigs are the most consistently effective. I recommend both this Spinnerbait and this Minnow Bait.
• If you are fishing with a Crappie jig, make sure you are using the loop knot. This will allow the jig to move around more when casted.
• One of the best bait rigs for crappie is to use a #6 hook, a small split shot, a live minnow and a slip bobber. The slip bobber will allow you adjust for any depth while not sacrificing casting ability. Hook the minnow either through both lips or just behind the top dorsal fin.
• Fish the correct depth. Usually crappie can be found between 3 and 6 feet deep. Water is high right now for places all over the U.S., so adjust accordingly. Also, crappie go deeper when the temperature gets warmer during the summer.
• Keep the line tight. Crappie hit lightly. They will steal your live bait if you don’t keep the line tight.
• Take your time. Crappie will give a lot more action if you take the time to be slow and steady with the jig or minnow. Don’t reel in to quick.
Now about that dinner. Here is one of our favorite crappie recipes:
Grilled Crappie Recipe
The secret to grilled crappie is to make sure your crappie fillets are well oiled. Make sure the grate on grill is clean and oiled down as well.
Try to cut your crappie fillets evenly if possible.
1. This is a simple grill recipe. Place the crappie on the preparing surface. Sprinkle the lemon juice, seasoning, and pepper to taste. Use a brush to spread a thin coat of butter.
2. Place on the grill enclosed in foil and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, open the foil and continue cooking until fish is desired texture.
3. Serve the fish with fresh corn on the cob from the farm and home-grown tomatoes, a salad and it will be oh so good! This is the best summer meal ever!
4. Whether you fish for fun or fish for dinner, Wyandotte County Lake is a sampling of a typical lake that you most likely can find in most areas of the United States. Check out a lake near you and take a drive to see for yourself what kind of fishing and recreation you have nearby in your home lake.
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