Kingman Lake to be drained

Kingman State Fishing Lake is to be drained soon, according to Jeff Koch,Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism fisheries biologist for the lake

Koch said the draining is being made to deal with high populations of unwanted fish, like common carp, gizzard shad and invasive white perch.

Because of the presence of the invasive white perch, the public will not be allowed to salvage fish.

Kingman is known for its unique beds of aquatic weeds and lillies. It holds Kansas’ only self-sustaining northern pike population and has produced some nice largemouth bass.

Draining the lake will begin soon, and will be helped by current low water levels caused by the drought. Koch said since the lake is low it will drain faster. It also decreases the chances remnant populations of unwanted species could survive in marshes and small streams around the lake.

Once water levels are very low the fish will be poisoned with rotenone. Pike, largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish will be restocked. Several improvements to the lake’s structure will also be made.

Koch said this will be the sixth time Kingman State Fishing Lake has been drained since it was built in the 1930s.