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Author: Larry Crecelius
Saturday, June 19th, anglers from across the country merged to the waters of Milford Lake in Junction City, Kansas for the Cabela's King Kat qualifying event. Milford Lake is well known throughout the Midwest as on of the top fisheries for catfish and King Kat anglers proved that point to the fullest.
These anglers were competing not only for cash, but the opportunity to advance to the next level: The Cabela's King Kat Classic to be held August 27th and 28th on the Mississippi River at Ft. Madison, Iowa.
Top finishing teams in the tournament:
Taking first place was the team of Jack Paul of Blandinville, Illinois and Benji Powell of Bushnell, Illinois weighing in 85.15 pounds of fish and taking home a check for $2,150.00. The Illinois team was using Sonny's stink bait on a drop in 14 to 29 feet of water in a cove by the dam.
Second place went to the team of Karl Naylor of Topeka, Kansas and Joe Thomas of Meriden, Kansas with a total of 59.25 pounds. Naylor and Thomas were fishing on the north end of the lake using cut bait in 3 to 4 feet of water. The team took home $1,150.00.
Local anglers Randy Frank and Mark Diehl of Junction City, Kansas weighed in 55.65 pounds of fish to take third place in the event. Frank and Diehl were fishing with shrimp and Berkley Power Baits in 28 feet of water and took home a check for $850.00.
The Alma, Kansas team of Cole and Clay Schmidt weighed in 45.85 pounds to take fourth place using cut bait and shad in 30 feet of water in the Wakefield area of the lake. The team took home a check for $525.00.
In fifth place were R.W. and R.E. Schmidt also of Alma, Kansas weighing in 35.25 pounds and taking home a check for $275.00. The team was using cut bait in 20 feet of water.
Mike Porter of West Lafayette, Indiana and Mike Seaman of Junction City, Kansas weighed in the big fish of the event at 22.35 pounds. The team was drifting deep water channels using cut bait in the southern end of the lake. Porter and Seaman were given a new Minn Kota trolling motor for big fish of the event.
Tournament Director Richard Williams thanked the Geary Co. CVB for hosting the event and also thanked the Thunderbird Marina for hosting the weigh-in site.
Milford Lake, the "largest" lake in Kansas, offers anglers, boaters, hikers, birdwatchers and campers over 160 miles of shoreline to explore. Located just five minutes from I-70, Milford Lake is the perfect place for the visitor to fish, boat, sail, jet ski, camp, hike, swim, explore, bike, horseback ride, hunt or just relax.
Milford Lake provides anglers a better than average chance at catching 5-pound largemouth and smallmouth, 10-pound wipers, 6-pound walleye, 2-pound white bass, 1-pound crappie and catfish that will break your rod! In fact, Milford Lake currently holds the Kansas state record for the largest smallmouth bass and a world-record for wiper. No wonder it's known as "The Fishing Capital of Kansas".
Located less than ten minutes from Milford Lake is Junction City. Junction City got its name due to its location, at the junction of the Republican and Smoky Hill Rivers. Junction City has a large number of stores; motels and restaurants that will make any visitor feel at home. Junction City is the home of the Kansas Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Buffalo Soldier Memorial, Desert Storm Memorial, Geary County Historical Museum and a completed historical downtown development. For more information on the area call: 800-528-2489 or visit their website at: http://www.junctioncity.org/cvb/index.htm or http://www.kansas-outdoors.com/milfordlakeinfo.htm.