Eight year old Crew Kudron shows off the five-pound large mouth bass he caught recently.

What a week to fish for the area anglers as this was a follow up from the week before.

The crappie at Lake North were good, but I think the run is almost over. Some keeper walleye have been netted and will get a lot better in the coming weeks.

A lot of small walleye and sauger have been caught, so be gentle with them and release them. They will become keepers over the next few years.

Large mouth bass awaken with one young angler. Crew Kudron, age 8, out maneuvered a five-pound bass using a mighty bite for a lure. Everything is working for these bucket mouths, but rubber worms and El Choppos 90-degree are tops.

Paul Worley landed a 24-pound flathead catfish on the canal using bluegill as his bait. Plenty of large channel cats are being caught in the canal.

This will be the best year for large channel catfish below the Monroe powerhouse.

Large buffalo carp have been caught in Lake North. Dan Case landed one that weighed in at 26 pounds but his buddy Steve Stahmer outdid him with a 35-pounder.

Gilbert Maschmeier caught a 2 pound, 12 ounce sauger using a local lure walleye nation lure at Lake North. It takes three pounds to qualify as a Master Angler in the sauger category. We should be seeing a lot more Master Angler awards handed out in another year.

Lastly, Platte River fish are moving upstream this year with Jordon Fickle landing a 23 pound, 8 ounce flathead.

The bite is on!

Dan Kneifel is a freelance fishing columnist for The Columbus Telegram. His 

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