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A courtesy dock used to get passengers into boats rests in the mud at Cheney Reservoir. Drought has the lake several feet below normal.
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Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle
At most lakes this 19-inch walleye would be a keeper, but it was two inches too short to be legally kept at Cheney Reservoir.
Anglers troll a wide flat on the west side of Cheney Reservoir, probably for walleye and wipers. It's been a good summer at the lake west of Wichita.
A fish splashes on the surface of Cheney Reservoir Monday morning.
The fish cleaning station at Cheney State Park is normally accessible by boat. Not it's high and dry.
A finger points to a dense school of shad at Cheney Reservoir. The lake currently seems to hold a great population of baitfish.
Mark Fowler weighs a seven-pound walleye. Anglers are averaging about 12 sub-legal fish for every 21-inch keeper this summer, but numbers are very good.
Chiquita, a black Lab, watches for whatever she can see at Cheney Reservoir Monday morning.
Trollers work a flat at Cheney Reservoir on Monday morning. Fishing has been almost as hot as the weather, though numbers of keeping-sized fish are low for some species.
A troller lifts a fish aboard Monday morning. Despite the heat, fishing has been very good at Cheney Reservoir this summer.
Cheney holds large numbers of 12-18-inch wipers, which bode well for the lake's future.
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