Fishing prospects, walleye techniques, hotspots, and aquatic nuisance species covered
PRATT — Want to know where and how to catch fish in Kansas reservoirs? Attend one of several events hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) in late winter. Called Fishing Information Nights, the events will feature experts on fishing and focus on fishing prospects, techniques, and locations. One event will also feature proven angling tactics for walleye.

The first event — the “Fifth Annual Region 2 Fish Night” — will take place Feb. 18 at Southwest Junior High Auditorium, 2511 Inverness Drive in Lawrence. The event will last from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fisheries biologists Leonard Jirak (Melvern Reservoir), Richard Sanders (Clinton Reservoir), Ely Sprenkle (Tuttle Creek Reservoir), Andy Jansen (Hillsdale Reservoir), and Kirk Tjelmeland (Perry Reservoir) will present overviews of area reservoir fisheries and local smaller lakes of interest. Chuck Bever (Region 2 fisheries supervisor) will discuss aquatic nuisance species. For more information, contact the KDWP Region 2 Office, 785-273-6740

The second event will take place on Feb. 22 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Fort Hays State University Memorial Union's Black and Gold Room, 700 College Drive in Hays. A special presentation on the construction and development of Horsethief Reservoir, near Jetmore, will be featured. Introductory speakers include Steve Price, Region 1 fisheries supervisor, and Lynn Maska of the Department of Health and Human Performance at Ft. Hays State. District fisheries biologists Tommie Berger and Scott Waters will follow with fishing forecasts for Glen Elder, Kanopolis, Lovewell, and Wilson reservoirs. Horsethief Reservoir manager Josh Hobbs and district fisheries biologist Lowell Aberson will present the latest news on this new reservoir. The night will be rounded off with fishing forecasts for Cedar Bluff, Kirwin, Sebelius, and Webster reservoirs by fisheries biologists Mark Shaw and Dave Spalsbury.

On Feb. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., a Fishing Information Night will be held in the Large Theatre at the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Center, 2025 East Iron Avenue in Salina. Introductory remarks by Price will be followed by fishing forecasts for Glen Elder and Lovewell reservoirs from Scott Waters, and Milford Reservoir from biologist John Reinke. Walleye fishing tips and tactics will be presented by Kendall Strutt, Lund Pro Staffer and Kansas Walleye Association 2010 state champion. The event will close with fishing forecasts for Kanopolis and Wilson reservoirs from Berger. For more information on the Hays and Salina events, phone 785-628-8614.

These free events are developed by KDWP regional staff, and biologists will take questions from the audience at each one. More fishing information nights may developed at other parts of the state. Phone the nearest KDWP office for more information.