Hunt Fort Riley Kansas

(and surrounding public areas)

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Saint George, Kansas

When you're retired your decision-making process gets less complicated. Will I play golf, go fishing, tie flies, and so forth? For that matter will I even bother to get up at all? Although I have to say, that getting up has always been a given since I truly believe that once you stop it's hard to get started again (especially the older you get).

Yesterday morning with nothing else pressing, my spouse and I decided that we would do a little fly fishing at a place we had never been before and so I took my copy of this year's Kansas Fishing Atlas then thumb through the pages for available fishing holes close to where we live in Saint George. My eyes fell on the Alma City Fishing Lake. Hell, I didn't even know they had a lake but that they do, however, I must tell you it's not that easy to find or get too.

Given the fact that it's somewhat off the beaten path and can only be accessed over a road that at best can be described as very minimal maintenance (you know one of those travel at your own risk) one lane, extremely steep, sharp turns and treacherously loose gravel and pot holes. The entrance is one way and if you meet someone coming out, somebody is going to have to back out to let them pass.

The truth is that when I first saw the entrance, I almost decided it wasn't worth the risk. What if it didn't have any fish! Crossing the dam on a narrow one-way with loose gravel sliding down the fifty feet below on both sides had my wife giving me verbal concerns about my mental state. She really shouldn't express her doubts while I am fervently trying to keep the vehicle aloft. Besides, her grasp of the obvious serves (as far as I know) no useful purpose, other than to heighten the experience.

Eighty acres is hard to pass up and so we weathered the worst and arrived safely at the bottom. The city had actually built a boat ramp down there though how anyone ever gets a boat and trailer down there is beyond me. A kayak yes, maybe even a canoe or a boat small enough to fit in the bed of a pick-up. But a boat and a trailer? That, I would like to see. As it was, we had the entire eighty acres to ourselves. Gee, I wonder why?

OK, now that I have each of you readers out there eager to head right out what about the number one question? Are there any fish in the lake to make it worth the trip? In a half hour we caught four bass, a channel cat, and the biggest green sunfish I have ever seen. Big enough to swallow a big mouse top water bait. The lake is absolutely loaded with bass and they are hungry (at least they were on that day). Yep I will be going back but I think I'll have some new tires put on the truck before I do. Make a great day!

Alma City Fishing Lake

Kate and her biggest bass.

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Until next time, be well, get into the outdoors and take a young person, soldier or both with you.


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Fort Riley Kansas is home to 29 lakes and ponds as well as being bordered by the Kansas and Republic Rivers..  These are home to a wide variety of species of fish.  Good numbers of Waleye, Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Blue Gill, Sunfish, Channel Cat, Rainbow Trout and White Bass are taken every year. 

30 Years of Fishing Fort Riley.

I started fishing post in the 70s. After retiring from the army in 1988, I bought a home and have fished the  post every year since.  I own a small 12 foot John boat with trolling motor which is more than adequate for the ponds and lakes located on post. .  There is a common misconception that civilians can't fish on the fort.  There are some special requirements that have to be met but fishing on post is open to everyone and since the post joined with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism you don't need a Fort Riley Access permit to fish.  

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