El Dorado Wildlife Area News

Area News

What’s Being Done to Improve Fishing in Kansas?

Ever wonder how the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism works to develop or improve fishing in the sunflower state?  Craig Johnson, District Fisheries Biologist for the El Dorado District continues to develop a number of short videos highlighting the work done by fisheries biologists to improve fishing throughout Kansas.  His most recent video entitled “Kansas Walleye Production Program” provides a unique summary of the work fisheries biologists do each year to enhance walleye production and improve fishing opportunities in Kansas.  In addition, catfish anglers will be interested in another recent video developed by Johnson which provides a unique underwater perspective of feeding catfish below fish feeders in Kansas State Fishing Lakes.  Can’t get away to try your luck?  Take a look at the library of videos on Kansas fishing that Johnson has produced.  They are sure to entice any angler to begin planning their next fishing trip.  They are a must see for anyone with an interest in fishing in Kansas.  Check out all of the videos at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA7nV8A8XuVEGVRAhIULltA

What’s Wrong With That Fish? 

On occasion I receive a phone call or an email from a concerned angler.  They’ve caught a fish that doesn’t look quite right.  Generally, they try to describe the ailment and ask for a diagnosis and then ask if the fish is safe to eat or release.  Admittedly, I usually don’t have an immediate answer, preferring to consult with those agency staff that work with fishes day in and day out…our District Fisheries Biologists.  The last call that I received was pretty typical.  The angler described some peculiar white spots on a channel catfish that he had caught.  Equipped with a smart-phone the caller was able to email some pictures of the fish to me.  I then of course forwarded those to the area fisheries biologist requesting more information.  Through the process he provided a good reference that would be of value to help anyone answer the question of what’s wrong with that fish and ultimately is that fish safe to eat? 

Entitled “An Anglers Guide to Fish Diseases and Parasites”, it provides the reader with a brief overview of the different types of organisms that parasitize fish and cause diseases in fish.  It describes signs that an angler might see on the outside of the fish or internally while cleaning.  Lastly it indicates to the reader whether a fish is edible and what precautions should be taken to insure food safety.  Of value to any angler, the reference can be found at:  http://www.tnfish.org/FishDiseasesParasites_TWRA/files/AnglersGuideToFishParasites.pdf

Anglers and Boaters Reminded to Take Precautions to Control Aquatic Nuisance Species!

Last summer, more Kansas waters were added to the growing list of those threatened by aquatic nuisance species (ANS).  ANS waters are defined as those containing Asian carp, white perch, or zebra mussels. 

Regulations have been enacted to prevent the spread of ANS.  Boaters and anglers are reminded to follow these regulations while visiting Kansas waters.

  1.  Livewells and bilges must be drained and drain plugs removed from all vessels being removed from waters of the state before transport on a public highway. 
  2. No person may possess ANY live fish upon departure from any designated ANS body of water. 
  3. Live baitfish may be caught and used as live bait only within the common drainage where caught.  However, bluegill and green sunfish collected from non-designated ANS waters may be possessed or used as live bait anywhere in the state.  Live baitfish shall not be transported and used above any upstream dam or barrier that prohibits the normal passage of fish. 

Always remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, & DRY boats and equipment.  Visit www.ksoutdoors.com for more information.