El Dorado Wildlife Area News

Area News

2016 Dove Hunting Outlook:

Two sunflower tracts (9 & 9 acres) should provide fair dove hunting opportunities at El Dorado Wildlife Area.  Portions of each of the sunflower fields will be mowed (if conditions allow) to enhance dove use and hunter access.  The first 9 acre sunflower field can be accessed from the north by walking 0.1 mile southwest of the parking area south of the junction of NE Ellis Road and NE 20th Street.  The same field can be accessed from the south by walking 0.25 mile north of the parking area north of the junction of NE Ellis Road and NE 10th Street.  The second 9 acre sunflower field can be accessed from the north by traveling 0.1 mile east of the junction of NE Bluestem Road and NE 90th Street.  The same field can be accessed from the south by traveling 0.1 mile east of the junction of NE Bluestem Road and NE 85th Street. 

Dove hunters using these managed fields must use non-toxic shot. Dove hunters may be asked to obtain a permit prior to hunting and to report harvest at the conclusion of their hunt.  Please assist area staff with evaluating these opportunities by following instructions located at permit stations posted at each field.  Hunters are also reminded to please be courteous and aware of other hunting parties while using these fields! 

For a brochure and map of the entire wildlife area please visit the El Dorado Wildlife Area web page (ksoutdoors.com) and click on the general information tab at the top of the page.  For more information please call area manager, Brent Konen, at #620/767-5900.

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.