Blue Water Gems in KansasBy Katherine Field - July 23, 2021
What sets this lake apart isn't just the majestic scenery, it's the size and abundance of fish in this system. The cool, deep water and limestone bluffs are perfectly suited to the large schools of fish in this lake. I explored the bluff walls, and floated along schools of baitfish being corralled by giant packs of smallmouth bass, striped bass, spotted bass and hybrids. In a maddening flurry, a school would flush a ball of bait up against the surface and unleash a feeding frenzy. The calm water would erupt in whitewater chaos, while a school of hungry fish flew through the air in mad pursuit.
Schools of stripers, hybrids, and smallmouth aren't the only amazing fish in this lake. Wilson has a very healthy population of walleyes and largemouth bass, along with a plentiful supply of plate sized panfish and crappie. On one outing I was able to catch 6 different species of fish all on the same lure! While I was extremely satisfied with catching good sized largemouth and smallmouth for my tournament, I did become enamored with the striped bass in this lake. I was really tempted to quit fishing my tournament in order to just chase these massive stripers busting on bait fish. Lake Wilson had some of the best striper fishing I have experienced in the past few years and I can't wait to go back!