Kansas struggles to manage paddlefish population
March 17, 2017
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The paddlefish population offers a unique challenge for wildlife management officials in Kansas — mainly because a majority of the spoonbill caught in Kansas spends most of their lives in other states.
According to Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism fisheries biologist Ben Neely, the largest populations of paddlefish in Kansas come from the Neosho and Marais des Cygnes rivers. Fish from the Neosho River spend most of the year in Oklahoma's Grand Lake before swimming upstream into Kansas to spawn in the spring. In the Marais des Cygnes River, the fish ar...