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Fish information nights prep anglers for spring

To learn how to catch more fish, attend one of several events
hosted by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) in
late February. Called “Fishing Information Nights,” the events will
feature experts on fishing and focus on fishing prospects,
techniques, and locations. The events will also have presentations
on how anglers can best manage their time on the water.

The first event will take place on Feb. 24 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
in Fort Hays State University Memorial Union’s Black and Gold Room
in Hays. Introductory speakers include Steve Price, KDWP Region 1
fisheries supervisor, and Lynn Maska of the Department of Health
& Human Performance at Ft. Hays State. District fisheries
biologists Tommie Berger and Scott Waters will follow with updates
on Wilson and Glen Elder reservoirs, respectively. Chad Richardson,
angling guide and Professional Walleye Tour professional, will
offer tips on how better time management can help anglers catch
more fish.

This will be followed by detailed fishing forecasts for Cedar
Bluff, Webster, Kirwin, and Sebelius reservoirs conducted by
district fisheries biologists Dave Spalsbury and Mark Shaw.

Another Feb. 24 event will be held at the Emporia Best Western
Hospitality House, 3021 W. Hwy. 50 in Emporia from 6:30 p.m. to 9
p.m. The event will include a demonstration on how to clean and
cook rough fish such as carp and buffalo. KDWP information
specialist Marc Murrell will then give tips and techniques for
catching walleye. Local KDWP fisheries biologists Carson Cox (Lyon
State Fishing Lake, Toronto and Fall River reservoirs), Leonard
Jirak (Osage State Fishing Lake, Coffey County Lake, Melvern and
John Redmond reservoirs), Craig Johnson (Chase State Fishing Lake,
El Dorado and Council Grove reservoirs) will give short overviews
of area fisheries and best bets for spring and summer angling. Jon
Stein, fisheries biologist for Marion and Cheney reservoirs, will
also be present.

On Feb. 25, a Fishing Information night will be held from 6:30
p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Great Plains Nature Center Auditorium,
6232 E. 29th St. North (29th N. & Woodlawn) in Wichita. Murrell
will start the program with walleye catching tips. Local KDWP
fisheries biologist Jessica Mounts (Harvey County lakes, Wellington
City Lake, Lake Afton, and all Wichita metro lakes) and Craig
Johnson (El Dorado Reservoir and Butler, Cowley, and Chase state
fishing lakes) will then give review prospects for spring and
summer fishing at the lakes they manage. Stein will also be on hand
to cover Cheney and Marion reservoirs, as well as Kingman and
McPherson state fishing lakes.

On Feb. 26 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., a Fishing Information Night
will be held in the Little Theatre at the Kansas Highway Patrol
Training Center, East Iron Avenue, in Salina. Introductory remarks
by Price will be followed by fishing forecasts for Kanopolis, Glen
Elder, Lovewell, and Wilson reservoirs from Berger and Waters.
Richardson will repeat his time-management presentation, followed
by a fishing forecast for Milford Reservoir by fisheries biologist
John Reinke.

Biologists will take questions from the audience at all events,
which are developed by KDWP regional staff. All are free. For more
information on the Hays and Salina events, phone 785-628-8614. For
information on the Emporia and Wichita events, phone
316-683-8069.

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