Check the Kansas Fishing Forecast
The Kansas Department of Wildlife operates a state fishing forecast. Consult the forecast to learn which areas have the highest projected populations of bass. Keep in mind that lakes or reservoirs with large numbers of bass likely will attract high numbers of anglers.
Get a License
All anglers in Kansas must possess a Kansas state fishing license. The angler must have the license in his possession at all times. As of 2009, an annual Kansas fishing license is $20.50 for residents and $42.50 for non-residents. A 24-hour visitor's fishing permit is only $5.50.
Use a Depth Finder
Due to Kansas' natural geography, many of its lakes feature steep, rocky drop-off points along their edges. Nemaha Lake and Elm Creek Lake are prime examples. Such points create natural habitats popular with bass species such as smallmouth. Consult a local county topographical map, available at many hunting and sporting goods stores, to locate where these drop-off points are. Alternatively, use a depth finder.
Check the Weather Forecast
The weather in Kansas is notoriously fast-changing. Sudden rainstorms, especially in the summer, can quickly turn clear estuaries and reservoirs into muddy, murky waterways. Check the weather forecast before leaving for your bass fishing expedition and modify your bait appropriately. In murky water, switch out your lures for brighter, fluorescent-colored bait to help the bass see it. When fishing in clearer water, choose natural-colored lures.
Obey Catch Limitations
Kansas fishing limits are as follows in 2009: Anglers are allowed to keep two striped bass and five black (largemouth) bass each day. In addition, each largemouth has to be at least 15 inches in length.
Fish the Reservoirs
Most of Kansas' bass populations can be found in reservoirs, which can span hundreds or even thousands of acres. In such expansive areas, use diving crankbaits to help you quickly cover large areas. Examples include the Rapala Shad Rap, which comes in crawfish patterns to mimic the natural diet of Kansas bass. In addition, 1/2-ounce jigs are popular among Kansas anglers for deep waters, while common crankbaits are typically used in shallower water.
Bounce the Bait
When fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass in Kansas' rivers, you'll often find yourself in muddy, fast-moving water. In such situations, use a bright-colored jig. Cast as usual, and try to bounce the bait off the bottom of the river so the current catches it quickly. Both smallmouth and largemouth bass can be highly aggressive and will strike the bait as an act of territorial aggression.