KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) State wildlife officials are hoping their efforts to remove nuisance fish from Kingman State Fishing Lake will lure anglers back to the lake in south-central Kansas.
Use of the lake near Cunningham has dropped 70 percent since 1999, mostly because it has become overrun with white perch, gizzard shad and common carp. The white perch and other nuisance fish destroy spawning and eat young fish after they hatch.
The Hutchinson News reports workers from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, salvaged what they could of the lake’s pike this week before draining the lake.
Koch said he hopes the lake fills by the spring fishing season, if the current drought is broken.