Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife

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Sport fishing species include small and largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, striper, wiper and walleye. Fishing regulations on the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Fishing website.


The Pratt area and surrounding counties offer some of the richest hunting opportunities in the state.

Bird hunting opportunities include prairie chicken, duck, turkey, Canada goose, and sandhill crane. Turkey and deer are considered big game and require the purchase of a game tag in addition to a hunting license.

Pratt Sandhills & Texas Lake

These wildlife areas have unique sand prairie habitats and are the eastern most range of the lesser prairie chicken in Kansas. The birds gather at their booming grounds from late March to early May.

To observe the behavior of these birds you'll have to get there before sunrise. The marshy areas and draws attract waterfowl and shorebirds, while a variety of mammals and reptiles can be found area wide.