Two ponds in Ark City were recently stocked with channel catfish through a state program meant to improve fishing opportunities in local communities.
Last month, roughly 300 catfish were divided equally between Knebler Pond and Veterans Memorial Lake. The fish were brought in from Milford Lake Hatchery near Manhattan.
The city has joined with the Kansas Community Fisheries Assistance Program in an effort to enhance local fishing spots and bring family-friendly fishing areas close to where people live.
The Kansas Dept. of Wildlife and Parks administers the program - through which the state leases fishing rights from over two hundred community lakes. More than 90 percent of the community lakes provide free fishing access to those who hold a Kansas fishing license.
Residents ages 16 through 74 must have a license in their possession to fish in Kansas.
For more information about fishing local ponds, contact the city’s parks and facilities division at 441-4470.