The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism announced Wednesday evening that Woodson State Fishing Lake is under a new public fish salvage order — allowing anglers to catch fish by by snagging, seine, gig and by hand, with no creel or length limits and no limit to the number of poles that can be used.
Water levels are quickly dropping in the lake, which has been draining to allow for repairs and enhancements. The KDWPT decided in the spring to drain the lake completely in order to make the repairs and renovate the lake’s fishery, according to a news release. However, work on the lake’s outlet valve and pipe had to be finished before the lake could be drained completely.
A separate public fish salvage was put in place in May that removed creel and length limits on fish but still required legal methods of take.
The current fish population will be killed off as water levels continue to drop.
“Before refilling, fish habitat will be added to the basin,” the agency said in the statement. “Other enhancements may include extending boat ramps, as well as improving fishing piers and shoreline access. Once repairs and habitat enhancements are complete, the lake will be refilled and restocked. This process may take up to a year.”
The 180-acre lake, located 5 miles east of Toronto, Kan., was built in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
The KDWPT said it will take several years for the lake’s fishery to fully develop and provide good angling opportunities once the lake has been refilled. Yates Center City lakes, Toronto Reservoir and Wilson State Fishing Lake are all within a 30-minute drive of Woodson.