Kansas Striped Bass.

Striped Bass have adapted well to freshwater existence and have prospered in several Kansas lakes. Striped Bass don't reproduce in Kansas waters, however, populations are maintained through stocking programs. Stripers are legendary for their hard fighting nature and long, drag-sizzling runs. The Kansas state record is 44 pounds.

Paul Bahr's 44 pound striped bass is expected to be officially declared a new state-record for the species. He caught the fish last Friday at Wilson Lake.For many years Paul Bahr stared at a weathered newspaper clipping of when the current state-record striper was caught from Wilson Lake in 1988. He often dreamed of what it would be like to catch a striper that bested that 43.5 pound fish.

Last Friday the Ellsworth angler found out when he boated a Wilson Lake striper that later weighed 44 pounds on certified scales. The weigh-in was witnessed by Heath Barta, a Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks park ranger, and others.

He caught the fish trolling with live shad in about three feet of water, a technique thatís worked well for Bahr and his family. Last month his 11-year-old daughter, Whitney, landed and released a 40.5 pound striper at Wilson. Last May 15-year-old Josh Bahr caught one that weighed 34 pounds.

Wildlife and Parks always waits 30 days from when they receive an application for a state-record fish before making it official in case an investigation is needed.

A Kansas fisherman landed a whopper at Wilson lake last week. Tommy Berger from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks says it is a state record, the largest striped bass ever caught in Kansas.

Paul Bahr says he was trolling with live shad in about three feet of water at Wilson Lake Friday when he reeled in the 44-pound beast. The fish was weighed on certified scales witnessed by a state park ranger and others.

This is not the first time members of Bahr's family have caught huge fish at Wilson lake.

His eleven-year-old daughter last month caught and released a striper that weighed just over 40 pounds. Last May, his 15-year-old son hauled one in that weighed 34 pounds.

Striped Bass in Kansas have been stocked in Cheney Reservoir, Milford and Wilson Reservoir hatched at the Farlington Hatchery





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