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Jeff Rader's North Central Kansas Fishing reports.

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2020 Season in Review

2020 Season in Review

January 15, 2021 by

Well just like the rest of the year it was a tough one. Extremely warm temps really made  bow and rifle a tough go.  We had several nice deer harvested and Greg norton from Florida killed a nice one in the mid 160's. We had several 150's and on down. Looking forward to next year. We have a few opening bow and rifle. We will continue to work hard to keep us a first rate operation.

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July 22, 2019 Fishing Report [Updated]

July 22, 2019 Fishing Report [Updated]

July 22, 2019 by

July 22nd - Limited out on catfish today! 70 fish caught by 11:15 am and around 2 to 12 pounds. We have a lot of openings ahead. Great time to visit Kansas!

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May 2019 Fishing Report [UPDATED]

May 2019 Fishing Report [UPDATED]

May 23, 2019 by

It was a cold and blustery day in glen elder on Waconda Lake. Cold front conditions but we came thru with some nice walleye and wipers. 

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Wiper and White Bass

Wiper and White Bass

September 11, 2018 by

We hammered the white and wipers today. Fishing is real strong right now. We're catching coolers of whites and wipers. Have some availability  thru Oct 15 and still have the sport show special.

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Fishing Update June 1st, 2018

June 01, 2018 by

The fishing continues to be good. I can't believe we're actually needing some wind as wind makes all the difference in Kansas walleye fishing. It's been way to calm.

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Fishing Report May 7th, 2018

May 07, 2018 by

The turkey season is winding down time to start thinking fishing. Jesse fished this weekend and had a good white bass day.

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2018 Fishing Season Is Almost Here!

April 01, 2018 by

Well, the fishing season is almost here! There are some walleyes being caught spawning at this time. We will start on the walleye fishing about May 5th and we still have some availability.

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65 Degree Weather and Warm Water Temps!

65 Degree Weather and Warm Water Temps!

October 12, 2017 by

Late season fishing at Rader Lodge! Check out the 8 pound striper and a nice wiper one of our clients caught.

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200 White Bass Saturday Night!

200 White Bass Saturday Night!

August 14, 2017 by

The fishing is on like donkey kong! 2 boats at Rader Lodge caught around 200 white bass Saturday night. Also good catfishing in the weeds.

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Catfishing Remains Good June 15, 2017

Catfishing Remains Good June 15, 2017

July 16, 2017 by

Our Skarda Group did good and we had our usual great time with this crew. Catfishing remains good on Waconda Lake.

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May 28th 2017 Fishing Report Waconda Lake

May 31, 2017 by

Rain rain and more rain. Were 3 ft. Over flood but fishing remains good. Walleyes are going and quite a few limits being taken. 7 ft. Seems to be a good depth.  White bass are really in good shape here and our nite boats will start going out june 15. We will be doing quite a bit of fishing the next few weeks  catfish should start spawnng 1st of june on the causeway granite creek and bluffs. Jeff

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Whitebass and Wiper Fishing

August 18, 2016 by

The whitebass and wipers are on!! With a decent wind we can catch a lot of whitebass and wipers. In deep water and Shallow water. Read More
July & August Fishing Has Been Good!

July & August Fishing Has Been Good!

August 06, 2016 by

It's just getting good folks. Whitebass going strong here. Some shallow water cats. We will begin live bait fishing for wipers Aug. 20. We have labor day weekend and last 2 weekends August open. Our $85 special still applies. Jeff

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Good weekend catching cats over chummed holes

Good weekend catching cats over chummed holes

July 19, 2016 by

Good weekend catching cats over chummed holes. Most boats had over 40 fish. Also white bass are starting to surface. We have August September weekends open and have the $85 special on. Can call my cell at 785-545-8852. Read More

Chumming for Catfish

July 12, 2016 by

Chumming for catfish is in full swing with a nice 17 pounder caught! We are really hitting the catfish, come join us. Read More
Night Fishing Begins This Weekend

Night Fishing Begins This Weekend

June 24, 2016 by

Night fishing begins this weekend and goes thru July 8. After July 8th, we will be chumming for catfish. We have some top water action and should really heat up this week. We will chum catfish July 8 thru August. We will be out chasing whitebass and big wipers in August. Read More

Night Fishing Begins May 31st!

May 29, 2016 by

We're excited about getting out the lanterns charging batteries and getting it on with Lake Waconda walleye, whitebass and our big bruising wipers. Will be night fishing till the moon or weather goofs us up. Read More
Fishing is Heating Up!

Fishing is Heating Up!

May 15, 2016 by

We have been on the water today and yesterday. Jesse caught 49 white bass up to 2 pounds and 3 keeper walleyes. The lack of wind has really hurt the walleye fishing. Read More

Fishing Report May 4th 2016

May 05, 2016 by

Fishing is kicking off here at Rader Lodge. The weather is finally letting up on us and Captain Jesse will be running the walleye boat Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Read More

Fishing Report April 20th

April 21, 2016 by

We are finding the walleyes are on drop-offs - look for them in 14 to 22 feet of water and using jig and crawlers. Whitebass are on the causeway spawning, so jigs have been effective. Some catfish and wipers are being caught. Read More

Spring Fishing Update and Summer Fishing Weekend Opening

March 28, 2016 by

We just had the weekend of July 8th through the 10th open up from a cancellation. These are the very best dates we have for fishing and the weekend after the 4th. We will be doing catfishing chumming, so be ready to catch fish. Read More

2016 Fishing Season Update

February 24, 2016 by

Were excited for fishing season here. We have a lot of hard work here in front of us tearing down boats is keeping the welding shop busy as all three pontoons are getting a major working over. Read More
Sep 2015 - Fishing is Red Hot!

Sep 2015 - Fishing is Red Hot!

September 23, 2015 by

Fishing is red hot right now - catching white-bass shallows and wipers. Read More
Fishing Report August 26, 2015

Fishing Report August 26, 2015

August 26, 2015 by

Shallow water whites!!! Also doing good on a hump where the whites love to feed and hangout. This should just be the start of good things to come. Read More

Fishing Report August 14, 2015

August 14, 2015 by

Looks like some of the best fishing of the year is about to kick on. Nights are cooling down and the big wipers and whitebass are chasing shad into the weeds. Saw a giant school this evening and caught 10 fish just wife and I fishing but ended up with a limit of wipers. Read More
Fishing Report July 13th, 2015

Fishing Report July 13th, 2015

July 14, 2015 by

The fishing is on like donkey Kong!!!!!! Record setting weekend at Rader Lodge for catfish. Jeff's boat limited on catfish before 11:00 am with 80 catfish. Leon came in with 60 catfish that outweighed Jeff's 80. 10 catfish over 10 pounds. Jesse cleaned up on cats as Matt did as well. Read More
Fishing Report July 1st, 2015

Fishing Report July 1st, 2015

July 02, 2015 by

It's that time of year and wipers and white bass are hitting the top water. We Struggled yesterday with white bass surfacing and not hitting our lures. Our shad are unusually small for this time of year and the cold spring held back the shad spawn. We caught these fish during the last light of day. We will be chumming after the 4th of July. Read More
Record Breaking Night of Fishing

Record Breaking Night of Fishing

June 23, 2015 by

We're wrapping up a record breaking night fishing! We have had many nights limiting out on wipers, some nights limiting out on stripers and walleyes as well. We have pretty much fished during the dark with the moon during June so far. Read More
Fishing Report June 12, 2015

Fishing Report June 12, 2015

June 13, 2015 by

We had 10 fishermen last night and had a big night. We fished through the night and limited out on wipers, 11 walleyes and also a bunch of white bass. Read More
Fishing Report May 30, 2015

Fishing Report May 30, 2015

May 30, 2015 by

It turned my new guide Jesse loose with my Columbus boys today and he is a natural. They caught some nice white bass and they lost a big wiper at the boat. Way to go guys. Read More
Fishing Report May 27, 2015

Fishing Report May 27, 2015

May 28, 2015 by

We trolled this morning and caught 40 whites and 8 wipers. Read More
Fishing Report May 26, 2015

Fishing Report May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015 by

The white bass and wipers are kicking in. I had a nice morning trolling for white bass with the Weed party from Cheyenne Wells, Colorado. Read More
Fishing Report May 24, 2015

Fishing Report May 24, 2015

May 24, 2015 by

We are still on the walleye and had over 39 keepers this week. White bass trolling is harder because of cool temps here. Read More
Fishing Report May 19, 2015

Fishing Report May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015 by

Well I've been slacking on the blog but its been slim pickings until this week. We had 8 keepers out of 22 walleye caught yesterday and then topped off the cooler with white bass and wipers. No crappies to report. That was my best walleye day so far this year. Read More

Kansas Ice Fishing Report

January 10, 2015 by

Well its ice on and time to hit the ice. Thickness is 6 inches or over but caution should be used everywhere. I'm going to be on the ice this weekend so will be able to give ya a good report later today! Jeff Read More
Found the Fish!

Found the Fish!

September 15, 2014 by

The boss is back in town. I returned home from elk scouting to dismal fishing reports. So it's time to get after it and find fish for my guests... and boy did I find the fish! Read More
Cold Front & Fishing With The Nicholas Family

Cold Front & Fishing With The Nicholas Family

September 14, 2014 by

I took a few weeks off and came back to a massive cold front. I had one of my favorite crews with me - The Nicholas family. They come every year. We started out by checking some of my favorite areas and didn't have much luck. Read More

Hot Wiper Action at the Lodge

August 21, 2014 by

Check out the latest news and fishing report from Radar Lodge. The action has picked up and the clients are having a blast! Read More

White Bass and Wipers are On!

August 15, 2014 by

White bass and wipers are on. Filled cooler this morning and again this evening. Read More
Big Brother Fishing Group

Big Brother Fishing Group

July 21, 2014 by

Big Brother program gets kids out on the lake and fishing. The smiles on these kids faces are worth the time and effort these big brothers put in. Read More
A great day today with Brad Dowdy group

A great day today with Brad Dowdy group

July 13, 2014 by

Chumming for catfish heating up. A great day today with Brad Dowdy group

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The Catfish Action is HOTTT!

The Catfish Action is HOTTT!

July 07, 2014 by

As the summer weather starts becoming more manageable, the catfishing action here in Kansas has picked up. We started chumming on Monday and are putting fish in to the boat! Read More
Catching Fish in Kansas

Catching Fish in Kansas

June 22, 2014 by

Lots of good action here at Rader Lodge. Looking forward to some more fish landed and happy clients! Read More


June 05, 2014 by

Due to a last minute cancellation, we now have the dates of July 19th and 20th open for booking. Act FAST! as this is the best weekend to be out catfishing. $85 Special! Read More
Fishing Update From Glen Elder, KS

Fishing Update From Glen Elder, KS

May 26, 2014 by

A head scratcher of a few weeks going at the lodge, but does not mean we are not finding the fish. The fishing has been great. Read More

Fishing is improving!

May 20, 2014 by

May has come and almost gone. But that means its time for the lake to start warming up, which means the fishing here in Glen Elder, Kansas will be starting to get hot! The latest from the Rader Lodge! Read More
Spring Crappie Action!

Spring Crappie Action!

May 08, 2014 by

Skarda Equipment Company joined us on a great day slamming big crappies with guides Jeff and Leon. The walleye have been biting quite well with a lot of short walleyes and some keepers too. Read More

Cold & Bad Weather

April 29, 2014 by

Were getting pounded with cold bad weather right now and sent our fishermen home. Thursday looks better and we should see fishing improve each day as they were starting before this freeze up. Crappies and walleyes will be on the menu this weekend. Turkey hunters will start arriving Wednesday and I've been resting turkey hunting for 8 days. So we should be looking good. Read More

Waiting For Good Weather

April 27, 2014 by

The weather seems to stay on track for rain, rain and more cold. But this is not keeping our spirits down, we are looking to a better spring come MAY! Read More

Spring Kansas Turkey Hunting and Walleye Fishing

April 06, 2014 by

With the winter weather moving out and the spring time warmth rolling in, spring is in full effect. Rader Lodge is already hard at it working on getting our turkey hunting ready and prepping for another year walleye fishing here in Kansas. Read More

The Ice is out in Kansas, Spring is fast approaching!

March 15, 2014 by

With the winter slowly fading away we look to a new season here at Rader Lodge. Check out the latest news for the fishing reports from Jeff! Read More

Sept Fishing Report: Hot Weather and still catching fish

September 07, 2013 by

Well still catchin here although the hot weather has slowed things a bit. Were doing reasonably well slab spooning on the drop offs. Some whitebass surfacing and when we get wind we catch some nice walleyes casting shallow. Read More


August 12, 2013 by

A recent last minute cancellation, means huge savings for a trip to Rader Lodge! Read More

Back to School or Fishing - You Decide!?

August 11, 2013 by

Who really wants to go back to school? Its time to take your kids out for that last minute fishing trip. Check out our recent report!! Read More
80 Catfish on Saturday... Great Day!

80 Catfish on Saturday... Great Day!

July 23, 2013 by

My level 3 group had a big day last Saturday with 80 cats in the 3 to 5 pound range. Congrats guys. The catfishing is still going good and we have some availability coming. Read More

Well its catfish time!!!

July 12, 2013 by

Been catching limits of cats. Leon, myself and john have had great fishing all week. Read More

Get your August Fishing Getaway Planned Today

June 26, 2013 by

The sun is out, the weather has turned, but it does not discourage us here at Rader Lodge. Looking for that great fishing trip with your family, check out our discounted rates and our fishing reports! Read More

Kansas Fishing is HOT, and so is the price!

June 16, 2013 by

Looking for that great Kansas fishing getaway at great low prices? Check out our $79.00 Kansas fishing special going on here at Rader Lodge! That is right, it is not a typo, it is legit. Where else can get an action packed day of fishing for that price. Instead of taking a night out on the town, let us here at Rader Lodge take you out fishing for some fresh dinner! Read More
Walleyes, Bass, and Crappies Oh My!

Walleyes, Bass, and Crappies Oh My!

June 08, 2013 by

With the temperatures rising so are the number of fish we are catching. Check out the fishing report from the one and only Jeff Rader, your Kansas fishing expert! Read More

Fishing Still Strong in Kansas

June 01, 2013 by

Fishing is still strong. With spring weather still here. Its time to book your fishing trip with Rader Lodge! Check here for the latest and greatest from Jeff Rader. Read More
Get them while they're HOT!

Get them while they're HOT!

May 28, 2013 by

Big numbers - Big Success! Come see the action and crappie fish Kansas with Rader Lodge! Next few weeks should be good..... Read More
Fishing Is Great in Kansas | Rader Lodge

Fishing Is Great in Kansas | Rader Lodge

May 19, 2013 by

Tremendous crappie fishing and things look great for memorial weekend. Walleye good and we caught 12 keepers Saturday morning and thru back 20 shorts. Read More

IT'S ON, Like Donkey Kong!

May 15, 2013 by

Its on like donkey Kong!!!!!! Well finally fishing, Christmas is here at Glenelder, Kansas. Read More

The Fishing Update

May 11, 2013 by

Walleyes scattered and a good day for us is 6 to 10 walleye. Leon pulled 6 keepers the other day out of 22 feet of water. Read More

Crappie and Walleye Fishing Update

April 29, 2013 by

Crappies, Crappies, Crappies, and some Walleyes mixed in, but the fishing is wonderful at Rader Lodge! Read More

Fishing Season is Upon Us!

March 13, 2013 by

Fishing season is upon us.. at this time the deep water crappie are going good. Should be very good cat fishing in the shallows now. Shad gizzards will be the number 1 bait. We have availability first 2 weeks June and July august for our guide service. We are really looking forward to turkey season. Read More

Ice Fishing Update

January 14, 2013 by

Ice fishing news. First hand report. Went last Thursday & Friday. Had decent luck. Read More
Walleyes Are Biting

Walleyes Are Biting

August 07, 2012 by

Here's some nice windy day walleye fishing with Jeff Rader. 24 walleye keepers and 20 short fish left go. Catching nice cats now and slab spooning white bass is filling up the coolers. We have a few fall dates left. Read More
Still smoking catfish

Still smoking catfish

July 19, 2012 by

Still smoking catfish! The whitebass are really tearing it up on top water shallow water. Read More
July 2012 Catfishing Report

July 2012 Catfishing Report

July 12, 2012 by

Catfishing is hot and heavy! We have limited out 4 days in a row. We still have openings in August. Give us a call! Read More
Spring Fishing Getting Hot

Spring Fishing Getting Hot

May 06, 2012 by

The fishing is on! I apologize I've been so busy with spring turkeys that i haven't done a very good job with the web updates. We have openings in June and i expect the fishing to be out of sight! Read More

catfishin is on!!!

October 12, 2011 by

cats under the roost Read More

Walleye Report

June 30, 2011 by

ok, was holding off a bit on reporting cause i hadn't fished for a week. After fishing all weekend here it is Read More

More Water on Wakonda!

May 31, 2011 by

We have had quite a change on Lake Wakonda. 8 more feet of water! There is some good news in this as I think they are about done with the dam project and we will be able to hold the water at level pool. That means this is great for this years spawn. Read More

Tournament Today - Fishing Report

May 05, 2011 by

I have a tournament today so here's today's blog. Crappies headed into full spawn here and next week would be a good week to tell your boss you have a 24 hour fishing flu!!! Read More

Fishing Update - Conditions Improving

April 12, 2011 by

The walleye's have finished with the spawn and I expect a few catches in the main lake around April 22. Give the drop-off west of Waconda Springs a try. Read More

Fishing Update - Walleye's, Crappies, Catfish

March 19, 2011 by

Crappies on the beds!!!! Decent size and some friends were here this week and caught 40 per day. Walleye's are starting to show on the dam. Males mostly. I have heard reports of limits. Read More

Sportshow Promotion

February 18, 2011 by

Well the ice is almost gone and we are busy at shows now. You can cash in on our sportshow promotion. $79 per person per day includes lodging and a half day fishing on our big boats for walleye, catfish, crappies, white bass, wipers and catfish. Read More

Ice Fishing Update

January 18, 2011 by

Ice fishing has been very good! My buddy Josh Weidel and Jon Striggo set me up good yesterday. I got out there and was greeted with pre-drilled holes and biting fish. What more could you ask for? Read More

Good January Fishing

January 03, 2011 by

Ice fishing on the west end!!! I don't have any catch reports but saw guys on the ice west of the causeway. I will update you when i hear or see something good. Read More

Lake Wakonda Ice Update

December 26, 2010 by

No ice yet. I know theres some guys checking this site for ice information. The main lake is wide open and the west end past the causeway is trying to freeze but has lots of open areas. Read More

2010 Kansas Deer Update

December 09, 2010 by

It's December 9th and rifle season is winding down. It was an interesting season but we managed to get our hunters tagged out with exception of 1 guy that had to go home early due to a mothers death. Read More

163 Kansas Buck

November 16, 2010 by

We scored on a 163 buck! Congratulations to Nick on a hard hunt. My hunters this week have seen tremendous bucks. One big 12 pointer at 10 yards behind a tree. It's going to be rough weather day today. Read More

Deer and Pheasant Opener Update

November 06, 2010 by

Were deer hunting now. We have one nice buck on the ground and working on 2 more this week. It's very warm out, in the mid-seventy's and windy. We are seeing some 160's but none have been taken yet. Read More

September Fishing Update

September 05, 2010 by

We had a great labor day weekend. Despite the high winds we really had some great evening fishing with the Butch Winters and Musgrove party. Read More

August Fishing Update

August 20, 2010 by

Well certainly the dogs days of summer are here. Lots of hard work to pull off good days fishing. Been fishing mornings then back out in the evenings for a decent evening bite. Read More

Early July Fishing Update

July 08, 2010 by

Chumming operations have began and caught 60 nice cats the first day out with the Quigly group. 3 to 5 pound range. The size has been better this year so far. Read More

June Fishing Update... Wow

June 30, 2010 by

Wow, wow, wow. We have been catching 200 white bass per boat, per day over the weekend. We hosted the Reha party and the Davis's and both boats came in with around 2 coolers of whites each. Read More

Spilled Coffee On Computer

June 23, 2010 by

Sorry for the late update. I spilled coffee in the computer! No worries, I'm back online now. White bass surfacing! Wipers are biting early in the morning. Still have short walleye biting. So all is good here. Read More

Late May Fishing Report

May 27, 2010 by

Still crappies in the shallow. We really took a lot of crappies this week in shallow around 4 feet or less. Try the causeway bluffs,dam etc. Also deep crappies on structure 20 feet or so. Read More

Mid May Fishing Update

May 15, 2010 by

Crappies are still good and still shallow. Also good numbers in deeper water near coves, creeks, causeway and dam. Read More

Early May Fishing Update

May 03, 2010 by

Sorry for a bit of a fishing update delay as I've been in the field turkey hunting chasing the Rio's around. The crappies wide open and moving shallow and deep! With stable weather the fishing should be a good in 2 weeks. Read More

Fishing Update - Crappies!

April 20, 2010 by

Been catching some nice crappie in deep water. Leon had 40 plus crappie days this week and also good crappie in shallow water. Crappies not on the beds and have to look for them in deep water flats. Read More

Early April Fishing Update

April 08, 2010 by

Just got a big storm front push through the area. I'm going to pre-fish some crappie tomorrow as we have guests coming in soon. Read More

Fishing Update - Walleyes!

April 02, 2010 by

A very hot update here. Many limits of walleye being taken on the dam. Walk trolling with rapalas, rattlin roughes, casting rapala's and jigs. Read More

Ice Went Out

March 11, 2010 by

Ice went out 2 days ago. Crappies going in the crappie beds, catfish in the shallow and trout in the pond. Read More

Still Catching White Bass

September 15, 2009 by

We are still catching tons of white bass. If the wind blows a little and overcast can fill the coolers quickly. Sunshine and no wind is a different matter. Read More

Still Catching Fish

August 15, 2009 by

Wow. Still catchin fishing. Have the wichita outdoor reporter coming tomorrow. so that should shut things down for sure!!! Hey have a lot of September open and we have the $75 per person speacial going for the half day trips. You can listen to football and catch fish!!! Read More

400 White Bass and Limits of Wipers

August 09, 2009 by

A terrific weekend again. Caught over 400 white bass and limits of wipers. We are going to have a terrific September and I have lots of availability. Read More

Surfacing White Bass

June 22, 2009 by

Well its on!!! Surfacing white bass in the evenings before dark heavy. Had a school of whites 300 yards long last nite. This should last for ten days. Also will be using the lights the next week or so. Read More

August Wipers and White Bass

June 14, 2009 by

Catching some big white bass in deep water on cut bait. Also huge schools of drum up to 4 pounds in 30 feet of water. Have some availability for August wipers, Sept. wipers and october stripers and walleye at Wilson Lake. Only 4 to a boat in October. Read More

Surfacing White Bass!

June 09, 2009 by

Just thought I'd pass this along. First white bass surfacing action of the year last night. Should really get hot and heavy towards the end of this month. Getting out the nite fishing lights in anticipation of the dark of the moon later this month. Read More

Crappies and Cold Weekend

June 08, 2009 by

It was a cold weekend but the fishing held up well. My freind Andy and i caught 55 crappies in an hour and a half Friday evening. Saturday was cold and cloudy and with a north wind. Read More

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