Inlet closed March 27-April 9 to protect walleye
MANKATO -- Historically, when water is released into Lovewell Reservoir by the Bostwick Irrigation District , fish are attracted to the inlet area. This year, that release will coincide with the walleye spawning season. When this has occurred in the past, illegal snagging activities of walleye resulted.

Since 1988, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has managed Lovewell to produce large mature walleye for broodstock and a high-quality fishery by enforcing an 18-inch minimum length limit.

Although Lovewell will not be used as a walleye egg collection site this year, it will still be necessary to protect these fish from legal as well as illegal harvest during this time. By doing so, better walleye fishing will be maintained throughout the season.

The inlet area will be closed by posted notice to all fishing from Monday, March 27, through Sunday, April 9.