Regional Reports-Midwest

Lake LaCygne

If fishing fever is becoming unbearable, here's a bit of relief. Lake LaCygne, about 50 miles south of Kansas City, and Coffey County Reservoir, 3 miles north of Burlington, are power-plant lakes, which means the warm-water discharge from the plants keeps the lakes open all winter. They're hot spots for largemouth and smallmouth bass, wipers (striper/white bass hybrids), walleyes and crappies, not to mention a few trophy stripers and a bunch of channel and flathead catfish. There is a $2-per-day permit required to fish LaCygne-a season pass is $15. Activities like pleasure boating and water-skiing are not allowed on the lake. Coffey County is a 5,000-acre reservoir and is basically a catch-and-release lake managed by the county. The fishing techniques that take individual species in late winter on the two lakes are the same as those used in fall and spring on most any water. Contact: Lake LaCygne, Lane County Park (913-757-6633, except Tuesdays); Coffey County Lake (316-364-2475).