Fish salvage underway at Kansas lake

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TORONTO, Kan. (KAKE) -

People who enjoy fishing at Woodson Lake in eastern Kansas will soon have to find a different fishing spot. 

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism announced that the lake would soon be undergoing necessary repairs that include draining the entire lake. 

If you have a fishing license, you can fish at Woodson Lake with no rules. Catch as many fish as you want and catch them virtually any way you can.

"I think this is the second or third time they've done it since the lake's been here, so it's just kind of part of the course," said fisherman Brian Ish.

The repairs include rebuilding the lake's spillway and updating the valves and tubes. Upon completion, a new fish habitat will be added. 

Fisheries Biologist Justin Morrison says it will take years for the news fishery to fully develop. 

"We had a lot of common carp and gizzard shad, so that's kind of another reason why we wanted to renovate the lake:  to get rid of the nasty fish," he said. 

Morrison added that the most important part is letting the public know that they can still head to the lake and fish for the time being. You have about a week to  take advantage of the fishing before the lake is completely drained.

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