2/22/13 Prospect Report: Blue River

Associated Area

Much of the Blue River corridor in Jackson County from Swope Park upstream to the Kansas-Missouri state line (17 miles) is in public ownership. So, if you are willing to walk a little, finding a fishing spot should be easy. Wade fishing is best from the Kansas state line (at Kenneth Road) downstream to Red Bridge. Most of this stretch is shallow, but deeper pools hold plenty of sunfish and the occasional largemouth bass. Channel catfish fishing can be quite good in this section of stream. Fish below riffles with nightcrawlers or cut bait. Below Red Bridge the channel gets deeper with fewer riffles. If you want to fish from a canoe or small boat, check out the 3 mile stretch of river between Brown Athletic Field (Blue Ridge Blvd. and Holmes Road) and Red Bridge Road. A canoe launching area at Brown Athletic Field provides good access to the river, but boaters should make sure that the river stage is adequate to support a decent float. Low water levels in 2012 made fishing from a canoe very difficult. Boaters also need to be mindful of impending storms as the river can come up quickly in the upper reaches due to urbanization of the watershed. This 3 mile stretch (especially the deeper holes between riffles) supports good numbers of channel catfish and common carp. Flathead catfish and crappie are not as abundant, but some quality-size fish are caught from time to time.