Channel catfish flipped and
splashed as they were poured out of buckets, and into lakes and ponds July 8 at
About 1,600 pounds of
catfish were poured into Fort Riley’s 29 lakes and ponds.
Tom Duckworth, fisheries and
wildlife biologist, Conservation Branch, Environmental Division, Directorate of
Public Works, oversaw and assisted with the restocking of catfish, which were
brought in by a local fish farm.
“We do this so that
Soldiers and their families can get out and have something to do while they are
here,” Duckworth said. “It’s for recreational purposes. We put the fish in, and
then they come and fish for them.”
The catfish are not only for
recreational fishing, they also help balance out the ecosystems of the bodies
of water they inhabit.
Restocking fish, along with
many other conservation efforts at Fort Riley, began about 30 years ago.
“The restocking helps to keep
waters healthy,” Duckworth said. “The catfish are an important component of what’s
going on in there. They keep the prey fish in check, and that’s the kind of
balance we aim to achieve.”
Channel catfish are
restocked annually during the warmer temperatures of summer.
For more information about fishing and hunting at Fort
Riley or conservation efforts, visit www.fortriley.isportsman.net.