Techniques, forecasts, aquatic nuisance species to be covered at Hays, Salina events

Catch more fish. It's likely that anglers who attend one of two events hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) in northcentral Kansas on March 7 and 8. Called “Fishing Information Nights,” the events will feature experts summarizing fishing prospects, techniques, and locations. The events will also inform anglers about ways to protect Kansas waters from unwanted aquatic hitchhikers, formally known as aquatic nuisance species (ANS). Both events are free to the public.

The first event will take place on March 7 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Fort Hays Ballroom, Ft. Hays State University Memorial Union in Hays. Introductory speakers will include Steve Price, KDWP Region 1 Fisheries and Wildlife Division supervisor, and Lynn Maska of the Department of Health & Human Performance at Ft. Hays State University. District fisheries biologists Tommie Berger and Mark Shaw will follow with fishing forecasts for Kanopolis, Sebelius, Webster, and Wilson reservoirs.

Jason Goeckler, KDWP’s ANS coordinator, will provide information on aquatic nuisance species and how to help prevent their spread in Kansas. Following Goeckler's presentation, district fisheries biologists Lynn Davignon and Scott Waters will present the fishing forecasts for Cedar Bluff, Glen Elder, and Lovewell reservoirs.

The second Information Night will be March 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Little Theatre at the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Center, East Iron Avenue, in Salina. Introductory remarks by Price and Brian Underwood of the Salina Parks and Recreation Commission will be followed by fishing forecasts for Glen Elder and Milford reservoirs from district fisheries biologists Scott Waters and John Reinke. Goeckler will repeat his presentation on ANS, and Berger will wrap up the session with fishing forecasts for Kanopolis and Wilson reservoirs.

Biologists will take questions from the audience at both events.

These annual events are developed by KDWP Region 1 staff. For more information, phone 785-628-8614.