New Fisheries Program Logo Designed by El Dorado Resident
PRATT – Jarrett Deen of El Dorado was recently recognized by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s Fisheries Division for his artistic talents. Out of 94 qualifying entries, Deen’s design was selected as the winner of KDWPT’s Walk-In Fishing Access (WIFA) logo contest, earning him $2,500 and statewide display of his work later this year.
“After four hours of reviewing entries, the Fisheries Access Committee chose Jarrett’s logo to represent the newly-renamed Walk-In Fishing Access (WIFA) program,” Ely Sprenkle, KDWPT fisheries biologist and committee chair, said. “We had many great entries and it was difficult to narrow the logo down to one. Ultimately, we decided Jarrett’s logo best depicted the program and our branding goals.”
WIFA, formerly known as KDWPT’s Fishing Impoundments and Stream Habitats (FISH) program, was introduced in 1998. It was modeled after KDWPT’s highly successful Walk-In Hunting Access (WIHA) program, with the goal of increasing public fishing opportunities in Kansas.
In early 2019, Fisheries Division staff made the decision to rebrand the program in an effort to increase angler awareness and participation, as well as expand the total number of properties enrolled.
Thanks to fishing access programs like WIFA, Kansas anglers are able to enjoy nearly 57 miles of streams, 1,850 acres of private ponds and lakes, and eight river access sites that lead to public fishing that may not have been available otherwise.
For more information on fishing in Kansas, and to buy a license, visit ksoutdoors.com.