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Fishing Impoundments and Stream Habitats (F.I.S.H.) program. Private Waters Leased for Public Fishing

Have you ever wondered what these unique ladders are used for? Photo from Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation.

The F.I.S.H. Program, which stands for Fishing Impoundments and Stream Habitats was patterned after the very successful Walk-In Hunting Access Program with a goal of increasing public fishing opportunities in Kansas.

The F.I.S.H. Program was first introduced to Kansas anglers and landowners in 1998. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) leases private waters from landowners for public fishing. Landowners participating in F.I.S.H. receive payments, as detailed below. F.I.S.H. provides anglers with a place to fish while leaving the land in private ownership. By providing a place to fish, the tradition of fishing can be preserved.

To learn more from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism site click here.