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Accessing fish between two states

This story about access to only 200 spots between the states of Kansas and Arkansas makes our state's problems sound silly

When we said that this article shows that fishery management can be tougher in between two states than it is between Florida (and the other Gulf states) and an oppressive NOAA and environmental "scientific" community, we were only kidding. They are not. This story is about 200 spots that a fly angler might get into the waterway between Kansas and Arkansas - our problems are a global community attempting (and so far successfully) to control our lives on the water and our access to fish. Here it's a farmer on one side and a cattle family on the other of a river. Here it is all America vs Brussels.

Kansas River

Anyway, back to the original reason for the fishing rant - a story from the Topeka Capital Journal's Josh Rouse:

Among the public options anglers can access in Kansas are Fishing Impoundments and Stream Habitats, where landowners are paid by the state to allow anglers to access their property during certain times of the year. The state will stock ponds, creeks and other bodies of water on the property in exchange for this access, as well, and may also manage the habitat, add fence-crossers, cattle guards, rock boat ramps or rocked parking areas depending on landowners’ eligibility. Officials with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism also will periodically patrol the areas and ticket or arrest violators for vandalism, littering or failing to comply with fishing regulations.

 

 



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