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Oklahoma's Paddlefish Research Center to Open Sunday

February 27, 2015 - Oklahoma's Paddlefish Research Center in the northeastern part of the state will open for the spring fishing season this Sunday, March 1.

"The Paddlefish Research Center is a great resource for all the paddlefish anglers in the area," said Brandon Brown, paddlefish research supervisor for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "Anglers who bring their paddlefish to the center don't have to bother with cleaning their fish; we do that for them. All they have to do is take home the processed fillets from their fish and enjoy it on their dinner tables. Read Story

Kansas has over 30 public trout fishing opportunities


Kansas offers trout fishing at more than 30 public fishing lakes

Feb. 26, 2015 - PRATT – Winter weather may not be synonymous with fishing for most people, but the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism offers anglers winter trout fishing opportunities that make putting up with the cold worth it. Read Story

KDWPT looking for volunteer angling education instructors

Feb. 26, 2015 - PRATT – What better way to enjoy your passion than to share it with others? The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) is looking for anglers interested in sharing their passion for fishing by teaching fishing techniques in Kansas. Through a one-day Angler Education Instructor Certification Course, KDWPT and Fishing’s Future will provide anglers with the tools necessary to work with children and host classes and clinics. The course will be held March 21 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the KDWPT Pratt Operations Office, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt. There is no cost to attend. Read Story

Hometown Favorite Casey Ashley Wins Bassmaster Classic Title

Feb. 22, 2015 - GREENVILLE, S.C. — On Sunday evening at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Casey Ashley completed a journey that began more than three decades ago and seemed to drag on forever these past few weeks.

The 31-year-old South Carolina native, who has lived just a few miles from Lake Hartwell all his life, caught five bass that weighed 20 pounds, 3 ounces to cap a moving victory in the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on his home waters with a three-day total of 50-1. Read Story

Takahiro Omori Takes Lead On Day 2 Of The Bassmaster Classic

Feb. 21, 2015 - GREENVILLE, S.C. — The final day of the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro on Lake Hartwell is shaping up to be a free-for-all with a handful of former Classic champions sitting atop the standings with the coveted trophy and $300,000 first-place prize well within their grasp. Read Story

Takahiro Omori, an Elite Series pro from Japan who now makes his home in Emory, Texas, caught five fish that weighed 16 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday and claimed the lead going into Sunday’s final round with a two-day total of 31-11.

Rojas tames cold for Bassmaster Classic lead

Feb. 20, 2015 - GREENVILLE, S.C. — Doesn’t it just figure that after the coldest day in the history of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, four anglers from warm, sunny climates are sitting atop the standings?

Elite Series pro Dean Rojas of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., wowed the crowd at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C., with five Lake Hartwell bass that weighed 21 pounds, 2 ounces despite frigid temperatures that were in the neighborhood of 10 degrees just before takeoff at Green Pond Landing in Anderson, S.C. Read Story

Three must-have tools for Kansas anglers this season



Fishing is one part luck, two parts preparation


Feb. 12, 2015 - PRATT – Fishing is an art, and although it requires a little bit of luck, most great fishing experiences are a result of prior planning and research. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has three must-have angling tools this season that will help you determine what fish are out there, where to catch them, and how to do so lawfully. Read Story

Kansas lakes to be home to new fish attractors


Synthetic structures are forty-eight cubic feet and can last more than 10 years 


Jan. 29, 2015 - PRATT ­– Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) fisheries staff will be launching a new program to increase the amount of fish-attracting structures in Kansas lakes. Traditionally, biologists have used cut trees to create brush piles to attract and hold fish, providing angling hotspots. Read Story

Massive Lake Hartwell presents challenges, opportunities
for Classic anglers

Jan. 22, 2015 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – When talking with one of the 56 anglers taking part in the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, Feb. 20-22 on Lake Hartwell, you can expect to hear the words “big” and “everything” a lot.

Serving as a border between Georgia and South Carolina, the lake has 56,000 surface acres and 962 miles of shoreline. That makes it one of the Southeast’s largest and most popular fishing destinations. Read Story

Kansas anglers encouraged to use caution on ice-covered lakes

ANGLERS ENCOURAGED TO USE CAUTION ON ICE-COVERED LAKESWarmer temperatures will begin causing weak spots on frozen waters



Jan. 15, 2015 - PRATT – A recent cold-spell had many Kansas lakes covered in thick ice, creating ideal conditions for ice fishing, but even with very cold temperatures, ice anglers must be vigilant. Now that temperatures are warming, extreme caution must be used in avoiding weak spots on lakes and reservoirs. Read Story

Production problems lead to fewer stocked trout than usual
in Oklahoma's designated trout fishing area for past several weeks

January 8, 2015 - Twice in December, Cedar Springs Trout Farm of Broadwater, Neb., reported that it suffered power supply interruptions that curtailed the supplier's ability to deliver the number of fish needed to continue normal stockings on schedule. Read Story

Steve Harper Memorial Scholarsip Available


Kansas college students in wildlife-based or outdoor journalism curriculums eligible

Jan. 8, 2015 - PRATT – Kansas high school seniors enrolled in a Kansas college and current Kansas college students pursuing wildlife/nature-based or outdoor journalism degrees are eligible to apply for the Steve Harper Memorial Scholarship. The $1,000 grant is available in memory of Harper who was a well-known Kansan with a colorful career in photojournalism. Read Story

Summary of Kansas fishing regulations for 2015 now online


Anglers can download the 2015 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary at ksoutdoors.com


Jan. 1, 2015 PRATT – It’s never too early to begin planning your next fishing trip – that’s why an online version of the 2015 Kansas Fishing Regulations Summary has been made available to anglers at ksoutdoors.com. Simply visit ksoutdoors.com and click “Fishing / Fishing Regulations” to download your copy of the free, easy-to-use, full-color pamphlet. Printed copies will be available wherever licenses are sold by mid-January. Read Story

Oklahoma's Illinois River Fly Fishing School Set for 27th Year

Signup is now open for the Illinois River Fly Fishing School, which has become one of the most popular fishing education workshops held each year in Oklahoma. The 2015 session will be Feb. 20-21 at Tenkiller State Park and on the banks of the Illinois River. Read Story


F.I.S.H pays landowners to allow fishing access

Enrolled private waters can benefit from fish stocking and habitat management


November 27, 2014 PRATT – If you are a landowner with private waters and are interested in sharing the joy of fishing with others, you may want to consider becoming a part of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Fishing Impoundments and Stream Habitats Program (F.I.S.H.). F.I.S.H. is patterned after the very successful Walk-In Hunting Access Program with a goal of increasing public fishing opportunities in Kansas. This is accomplished by leasing private waters from landowners for public fishing. Landowners participating in F.I.S.H. receive payments for the use of their land while leaving it in private ownership, and anglers are in turn provided with a place to fish that might not have been available otherwise. Enrollment for 2015 is currently open and will close December 15, 2014. Read Story

Angler Education Instructor Course set for Dec. 6 in Girard

Become certified to teach fishing techniques in Kansas during one-day course

Nov. 20, 2014 - PRATT – The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) will host an Angler Certification Course Dec. 6 for anglers wishing to teach fishing techniques in Kansas. The class will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Greenbush Camp and Retreat Center, 947 W 47 Hwy, Girard, KS 66743. Read Story

Zebra Mussels discovered in Pomona Reservoir

Oct. 3, 2014 - TOPEKA– The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Pomona Reservoir in Osage County. A small adult group was discovered on a single rock by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) staff on September 23 in Management Park cove near the south end of the dam. KDWPT staff found more zebra mussels the next day. Read Story



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