Public input combined with biologists' data provides complete angling picture
PRATT — Spring has come to Kansas, and anglers statewide want to know where the fish are biting. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) can help. One of the most popular and useful tools provided by KDWP is the weekly lake-by-lake fishing reports posted on the agency's website. While these reports complement the fishing forecast, posted on the agency website each February, they provide more timely information about where fish are being caught.

Updated weekly by KDWP fisheries biologists, these reports provide the latest ratings on fishing conditions at department-managed lakes in the state. Information includes a general rating of what the fishing is like — from poor to excellent — as well as the size range of fish being caught and an informative description of successful baits, methods, and locations where anglers are having the most success. When available, detailed information for each species of sportfish is included. Water temperatures and lake elevations are also included, along with tips each biologist thinks might help anglers catch fish.

In addition, a web blog entitled "KDWP Public Fishing Reports" enables anglers to read or report timely information the local biologist may not have heard about. All combined, the public fishing reports, the fishing forecast, and the weekly fishing reports provide the most complete picture of angling conditions short of being on the lake. And if you're looking for a new fishing spot, download the 2010 Kansas Fishing Atlas, which features maps of all public fishing waters.

This spring and summer, cruise the state from the comfort of home before setting sail. You'll catch more fish and learn more about the Sunflower State's abundant fisheries.