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Largemouth and smallmouth bass are two of the great fishing species at Milford Reservoir. Rick Dykstra caught plenty of both in a few hours on Friday morning.
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Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle
Milford is home to Kansas' best blue catfish population. Ryan Gnagy holds a 21-pounder caught there last week. Fish three times as big have recently been caught at the lake.
Zebra mussels snagged on the hook of a lure. Milford has had the invasive species for several years.
Rick Dykstra removes the hooks from a smallmouth bass that took a surface lure early Friday morning. Smallmouths are one of about six species in great supply at Milford Reservoir.
Not all species caught in a morning of casting are appreciated, like this sizable carp caught by Rick Dykstra while he was casting for bass.
A Milford classic, a big smallmouth bass that hit a top-water lure.
Though best known for smallmouth bass, Milford has some nice largemouths. This fish of about five pounds was caught in shallow water Friday morning by Rick Dykstra.
Milford Reservoir's rocky shoreline makes for great bass habitat and bass fishing. Walleye, white bass, wipers and blue catfish are easily found in deeper waters.
Tube-baits, like this, imitate the crawfish on which many Milford fish feed.
A largemouth bass jumps to throw a tube-bait Friday morning.
Milford Reservoir's rocky shoreline makes for great bass habitat and bass fishing. Walleye, white bass, wipers and blue catfish are easily found in deeper waters. This is Rick Dykstra battling a three-pound largemouth bass.
A smallmouth bass jumps, trying to throw the hook.
Rick Dykstra with one of about 15 bass he caught Friday morning.
The presence of so many great blue herons at Milford Reservoir confirms the lake's healthy fish populations.
A fishing boat heads out to start trolling at Milford Reservoir. Most styles of fishing, including casting from shore and wading, work well at the lake near Junction City.
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