Perfect weather for opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake

Fishing was a father and son event for some today at the opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. The three children in front are Jayvius Smith, T.J. Williams and Jameer Smith, and the adults are Andre Porter, left, and Jelani Smith (in the blue Jayhawks jacket). All are from Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Fishing was a family or father and son event for some today at the opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. The three children in front, who caught catfish and trout, are Jayvius Smith, T.J. Williams and Jameer Smith, and the adults are Andre Porter, left, and Jelani Smith (in the blue Jayhawks jacket). All are from Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert
Sunshine and mid-60s temperatures. Who could ask for anything more for the opening day of fishing season at Wyandotte County Lake?

There was more, however, as anglers reported good fishing today. Several caught their limit and had already headed home at midday, according to other fishermen at the lake on Saturday afternoon, March 14.

The opening day of fishing, originally scheduled March 7, had been delayed one week because of ice on the lake. There was no sign of ice March 14 as temperatures were in the 70s earlier this week.

Chuck Abbott, Kansas City, Kan., caught a couple of catfish at opening day at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)
Chuck Abbott, Kansas City, Kan., caught a couple of catfish at opening day at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)

Michael Mallard, Kansas City, Kan., was at Wyandotte County Lake for opening day of fishing, something he enjoys going to when he can. He caught two catfish. He was with his high school friend. (Staff photo)
Michael Mallard, Kansas City, Kan., was at Wyandotte County Lake for opening day of fishing, something he enjoys going to when he can. He caught two catfish. He was with his high school friend. (Staff photo)

David Vang, Kansas City, Kan., caught trout at opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)
David Vang, Kansas City, Kan., caught trout at opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)

Tou Vang, Kansas City, Kan., was catching trout at opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)
Tou Vang, Kansas City, Kan., was catching trout at opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)

Tommy Wilson, Kansas City, Kan., displayed a rainbow trout he caught on opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. He said he enjoys fishing at the lake. (Staff photo)
Tommy Wilson, Kansas City, Kan., displayed a rainbow trout he caught on opening day of fishing at Wyandotte County Lake. He said he enjoys fishing at the lake. (Staff photo)

A scene on Saturday, March 14,  at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
A scene on Saturday, March 14, at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

A scene on Saturday, March 14, at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
A scene on Saturday, March 14, at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

Residents enjoy beautiful weather at opening day of fishing

Isabeal Castillo, right, who was fishing in the children’s pond area with the assistance of her dad, Ricardo Avila, of Kansas City, Kan., said the fish were biting. She was waiting for her first catch on Saturday, March 15, at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)

by Mary Rupert  

Wyandotte County Lake Park was crowded with residents enjoying 73-degree weather on opening day of the fishing season March 15.

The fish weren’t biting for everyone, but the sunny skies and mild weather were enough for many to get out and enjoy a day in the park fishing, walking, biking, boating and picnicking.

Opening day had been postponed twice because of ice still on the lake, and on Saturday, it looked like the ice had melted.

Isabeal Castillo was fishing in the children’s pond area with the assistance of her dad, Ricardo Avila, of Kansas City, Kan. She and her family like to go fishing regularly at the lake.

Isabeal said the fish were biting, but she hadn’t caught anything yet.

Lindsey Silvers and Shari Silvers were out walking their dog and enjoying the weather at the Wyandotte County Lake Park Saturday. (Staff photo)

Lindsey Silvers and Shari Silvers were out walking their dog and enjoying the weather at the park Saturday.

Matthew Richards was enjoying skipping rocks at the lake, with his father, Shawn, on March 15 at opening day of Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)

Matthew Richards was enjoying skipping rocks at the lake, with his father, Shawn.

Tong Thao, left, and Keng Vang of Kansas City, Kan., were taking a break from fishing on Saturday, March 15, at Wyandotte County Lake Park. (Staff photo)

Tong Thao and Keng Vang of Kansas City, Kan., had been fishing and said they had no catches yet on Saturday afternoon.

Thomas Barlow, Shawnee, Kan, a graduate of Washington High School, reported catching two trout on opening day, March 15, at Wyandotte County Lake. (Staff photo)

Thomas Barlow, Shawnee, Kan, has gone to opening day at the lake since the days he was a high school student at Washington High School.

He reported catching two trout. He used “Power Bait,” a commercial bait that has a cheese-based product. Worms were working for some other anglers located just northwest of the lake’s administration building, he reported.