While fishing used to be a way of life for some along the rivers that run through the heritage area, these days, it may not necessarily be a skill that we acquire today.
The Kansas Riverkings Museum at Abe and Jake’s landing on the Kaw riverfront in downtown Lawrence, Kansas, provides a look back at the lives of the men who lived and fished commercially between 1890 and 1970. The museum’s exhibition includes information about Abe Burns and Jake Washington, African American, who were commercial fishermen living in Lawrence not long after the Civil War and Quantrill’s Raid. The museum is a recipient of a Freedom’s Frontier Interpretive Grant.
There are health benefits to fishing. Kid Casters (where Fishing Begins) has a list of some of that children – and adults – can gain from this activity. One that isn’t even mentioned is just the experience of spending some time outdoors with family and friends.
Check out Travel Kansas for information about the state’s hundreds of acres of public waters, as well as information about fishing license requirements. Kansas has 24 major reservoirs, 40 regularly stocked state fishing lakes, and more than 100 community and county lakes, where you can find a variety of fish, from largemouth bass and saugers to trout, crappie and panfish.
Visit Missouri, the state’s travel Web site, and the Missouri Department of Conservation have information you can use tot plan a Missouri fishing getaway on one of the rivers, lakes and streams that abound with many species of fish, including channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, green sunfish, carp and crappie. These site also have information about state fishing permits.