Bass Kansas Largemouth Bass Missouri North Carolina Oklahoma Smallmouth Bass Texas West Virginia Februaries of the Past Ned Kehde January 31st, 2017 | More From Ned Kehde Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+In February, Old Man Winter regularly keeps Midwest finesse anglers at bay in northeastern Kansas. For example, there were 368 days from Feb. 1, 2004, to Feb. 29, 2016, and during that time, I was afloat only 69 times, which is an average of five February outings each year. When ice covered most of the northeastern Kansas reservoirs, my outings were spent at two power-plant reservoirs. The other outings took place at some of the community and state reservoirs and one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ reservoirs that grace the countryside within a 40-mile radius of Lawrence, Kansas. Some of the outings were solo endeavors, and at other times I was joined by another angler. During these 69 outings, we were afloat between 2 1/4 and five hours. On those outings, we caught 1,343 largemouth bass and 97 smallmouth bass, which is an average of 21 black bass an outing and less than five black bass an hour. The best outing occurred on Feb, 9, 2012, when Rick Hebenstreit of Shawnee, Kansas, and I caught 118 largemouth bass and nine crappie in four hours at one of the many community reservoirs in northeastern Kansas, and we caught 102 of those 118 largemouth bass in about three hours. I suffered through my worst outing at that same reservoir on Feb. 26, 2007, when I battled too much ice and a 37-degree surface temperature and failed to elicit a strike in two hours of fishing, and in an attempt to placate my fishing fever, I spent another two hours at a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ reservoir, where I failed to garner a strike. Since 2011, we have published 55,633 words that describe how, when, and where anglers who employ Midwest finesse tactics catch or do not catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and spotted bass at waterways in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia. The preponderance of these words revolves around the endeavors of anglers in northeastern Kansas and north-central Texas. To read about how, when, and where Midwest finesse anglers battle Old Man Winter and catch some black bass in February, here are the links to six guides that will reveal their methods: (1) http://www.in-fisherman.com/midwest-finesse/a-month-by-month-guide-to-midwest-finesse-for-bass/. (2) http://www.in-fisherman.com/midwest-finesse/an-addendum-to-the-month-by-month-guide-to-midwest-finesse-part-2/ . This is the guide to February of 2012. (3) http://www.in-fisherman.com/midwest-finesse/month-by-month-guide-to-midwest-finesse-february-2013/. (4) http://www.in-fisherman.com/bass/midwest-finesse-fishing-february-2014/. (5) http://www.in-fisherman.com/bass/midwest-finesse-fishing-february-2015-2/. (6) http://www.in-fisherman.com/bass/midwest-finesse-fishing-february-2016/. Here are some photographs from Februaries of the past Rick Allen of Dallas, Texas Bob Gum of Kansas City, Kansas Ronny Denayer of Butler, Missouri, with one of the 73 largemouth bass that were caught on Feb. 13, 2013. Steve Reideler of Denton, Texas Rick Heberstreit of Shawnee, Kansas, with one of the 119 largemouth bass that were caught in four hours on Feb. 9, 2013. Burton Bosley of Sutton, West Virginia. Steve Reideler of Denton., Texas, with an Oklahoma smallmouth bass. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from In-Fisherman Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week To sign-up for our newsletter, check this box and submit your email address below. If you sign-up, then you acknowledge that your email address is valid, and that you have read and accept our Terms of Service Even More bass Show More Get the In-Fisherman Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. To sign-up for our newsletter, check this box and submit your email address below. If you sign-up, then you acknowledge that your email address is valid, and that you have read and accept our Terms of Service Best Fishing Times: Solunar CalendarRead Now! Advertisement ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services LIKE WHAT YOU'RE READING? Get 8 issues for the low price of just $8! Subscribe!