White perch problem growing at El Dorado

One of the scariest parts of my job has been watching how invasive species are invading Kansas waters and lands.

In my short ten years at The Eagle I’ve done stories on when zebra mussels, white perch and silver carp were first documented in the state. All three have since spread widely.

It’s been about one year since an angler reported catching two white perch at El Dorado Lake. Wildlife and Parks biologists then set some nets and found another.

A few days ago two anglers fishing with nightcrawlers for walleye caught more than a dozen white perch in a very few minutes. That doesn’t bode well for the lake’s fishery.

I’m hoping to have more details on Sunday’s outdoors page.