Water and Fish Where You Find Them

by Alan Luecke
(Kansas City, MO)

Water in the road

Water in the road

Water in the road Golden Shiner Urban Beaver

A small stream runs out of an older Kansas suburb and is channeled underground at the state line. A few blocks later it emerges in the median of a four lane parkway. Until recently it was completely overgrown with trees and brush. I had driven by it for twenty years and never new it had year round water.

Over course my first thought was, "I've got to fish it". I went by early one morning and caught some green sunfish--they're everywhere. This week I went back to check for micros and catch some sunfish about sunset. No targetable micros, but my first fish was this good sized golden shiner. Nothing like a good surprise. I later caught another one almost as large, and of course, lots of sunfish.

The creek has been dammed into some neighborhood ponds upstream. I assume these are bait fish that made it to freedom.

On my first trip about sunrise I spotted this beaver cruising around.

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