KINGMAN, Kan. - A Kansas Lake will be drained this fall to offset high populations of unwanted fish. State parks officials said the majority of fish in Kingman State Fishing Lake include common carp, gizzard shad and white perch. The department said the quality and quantity of sport fish is not meeting the needs of anglers.
Biologist believe hot, dry weather has created the best conditions for renovating the fish population because the drought has dried up many upstream pools that may have harbored undesirable fish species. The existing water in the lake basin will be treated with a fish toxicant after the lake is drained.
The public will not be allowed to salvage fish due to the high number of white perch. Draining is expected to begin in a couple of weeks. Largemouth bass, northern pike, bluegill, and channel catfish will be restocked after renovations are made.
This is the sixth time Kingman State Fishing Lake has been drained since 1947.