DB SUNDAY. SEPTEMBFR 29, 1996 LIFESPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL TOUTDOORS TOMMIE BERGER fisheries biologist, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks A closer look at area's state fishing lakes Many folks in and around the Salina area are familiar with and/or fish at the two state fishing lakes located close to town. The Saline State Fishing Lake is a 38- acre lake located northwest of Salina, while Ottawa State Fishing Lake, better known to some as Bennington Lake, is 110 acres in size and located north and east of Bennington. Both of these fishing lakes are operated and managed by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. I am the fisheries biologist responsible for managing the fish populations in both lakes. Bill Vering is the Conservation Worker who is responsible for all the buildings and grounds main- tainence at both lakes. Others involved in the management of the areas include wildlife biologist Brad McCord, public lands manager Greg Nichols, Ottawa County conservation officer Brian Marks and Salina County conservation officer Greg Salisbury. Saline State Fishing Lake is an old burrow pit lake built during the construction of the new U.S. Highway 81. It is pretty flat at the bottom and did not contain much fish habitat structure. The shoreline was riprapped to prevent erosion, and several earthen fishing piers were constructed for more access to deeper water. A wooden handicap fishing pier was built in 1992 on the north side of the lake. The lake was renovated in 1989, restocked and opened for fishing in April of 1993. As many probably remember, the rains came in July of 1993. Saline County Fishing Lake flooded because of runoff water from surrounding fields and the Saline River that flows a mile to the north. Water was over the dikes, the roads and all the facilities. ,And with the flooding came contamination with a variety of river species, including carp, buffalo, gizzard shad, gar, bullheads and crappie. The excellent fish population that has just been developed, was ruined. The wooden handicap fishing pier was also destroyed and many of the trees surrounding the lake were killed. In 1995, another renovation for the lake began, with plans for new facilities and the development of a new fish population. In order to make the renovation economically feasible, we needed some help from Mother Nature. We were hoping for a dry summer that would allow the lake to recede to the halfway level or less so we could afford the cost of the rotenone to completely eliminate all the existing fish in the lake. Well, here we are in the fall of 1996 and the lake still hasn't been more than a foot below full in three years. We did cut down all the dead trees and placed them in the lake basin as fish habitat. So, renovation plans have been delayed and we'll try again in the fall of 1997. The lake will close for winter Tuesday and won't reopen until April 1. The six-moth closing period was a decision made several years ago by all the lake managers. Because of increasing vandalism, a need to reduce wintertime maintenance costs and the advantage of producing a small wildlife refuge for the winter were some of the reasons for the decision. When the lake opens next spring, a new floating fishing pier will be in place, the two fish feeders will be back and some additional channel catfish will be stocked. All length-limits have been removed, but statewide creel limits still apply. Hopefully, in 1997, the lake will recede 1 to a level where we can renovate the fish population during the winter and redevelop a quality fishery. Ottawa State Fishing Lake is one of the oldest state lakes in Kansas. It has been around since the 1930s. It has silted in, has a pretty bad aquatic vegetation problem, but still produces some good fishing. The lake contains a good largemouth bass population, a fine bluegill population, a good channel catfish population and an overpopulated crappie and gizzard shad situation. The Ottawa lake was renovated in the mid-1980s but is still in need of some work. The lake's dam is considered a high- priority project because it is classified as a high hazard by the Department of Water Resources. The problems include seepage through the embankment, sloughing, brush and trees on the dam, settlement and outlet obstruction. These problems are being investigated by Terracon Consultants, an engineering firm from Salina. They will give us a design report, preliminary and final construction drawings and cost estimates for the renovation project. The actual work phase is scheduled for next summer. I will attempt to keep everyone up to date on this project as more information become available. Obviously, if we have to drain the lake completely, it will certainly disrupt fishing for a while. Journal photo Outdoor enthusiasts (from left) Rose Wagoner, Barbara Johnson and Robin Ginther, all of Salina, will attend the Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop Oct. 4-6 at Rock Springs Ranch. OUTDOORS WOMEN For-women-only workshop offers women Instruction in outdoor activities By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal S alina residents Barbara Johnson, Robin Ginther and Rose Wagoner consider themselves outdoor people. Johnson, 35, has participated in a three-week camping trip to Alaska and enjoys exploring the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in southeastern Utah. Ginther, 35, grew up on a farm and joined her good friend, Johnson, on a mountain-climbing expedition last month up 13,161-foot Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico. Wagoner, 39, grew up on a farm east of Mentor. She's spent most of her life outdoors as a gardener and enjoys hunting with her husband. The three Salina women will have the opportunity to expand their outdoor pursuits next weekend at the third annual Kansas Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop at the 4-H Center of Rock Springs Ranch, which is located 12 miles south of Junction City. The workshop is limited to 100 women 18 years or older. Although only in its third year, registration for the workshop (in June) was fast and furious. Ginther didn't get her registration form in soon enough last year. Some other Salina women who waited until the third or fourth day after enrollment began this year did not get in, either. Each woman attends four professionally taught courses during the three- day workshop. Participants were asked to write down eight courses (22 are offered) they wanted to attend. The outdoors skill workshop is designed to teach women the basics of a variety of recreational activities. In addition to courses ranging from archery to game cooking to plant identification, evening activities will include several other activities. Wagoner will be participating in her third workshop in as many years and wouldn't miss it. Becoming an Outdoors Woman WHAT — An outdoor skills workshop. WHEN — October 4-5-6. WHERE — Rock Springs 4-H Center (12 miles south of Junction City). FEE — $125 to first 100 women 18-and- older who sign up (good for six meals, two nights lodging and use of equipment). VACANCY —None. COURSES OFFERED — Archery, backpacking, basic boating, basic fishing, bird- watching, camping, canoeing, deer & turkey hunting, dutch oven cooking, firearms safety, first aid, flyfishing, game cooking, mountain biking, natural history, plant identification, orienteering, outdoor photography, outdoor techniques, rifle marksmanship, shot- gunning, sporting clays. t997 WORKSHOP INFORMATION — Contact Becky Johnson, Kansas Department Wildlife & Parks, Box 1525, Emporia, KS 66801. "There's a lot of excitement and fun, and Rock Springs Ranch is fantastic for this," Wagoner said. "You learn so much because the instructors are great. Plus, you can only take four (courses) a year, so you have to go back for more." Wagoner's classes include sporting clays, flyfishing, fire building and orienteering. In previous years, she's taken courses like shotgunning I and II, outdoor kids, dutch oven cooking, natural history and botany. "My sister got me into this and I was a little hesitant because I thought it was just for hunters," Wagoner said. "But I soon learned there were so many other things to do, and after the first year. I got interested in hunting. My husband thinks it's great because he's a big hunter." Wagoner, a self-employed gardener, likes the idea of a women-only weekend, although several of the instructors are men. "I think it's easier on all of us," she said. "It gives us gals a chance to be ourselves and try classes we wouldn't normally try." Johnson and Ginther are attending the workshop for the first time. "I picture it more as a learning weekend," Johnson said. "I've done a lot of backpacking, but I want to make sure I'm doing it the most efficient way. As far as photography is concerned, I want to preserve the memories, but the pictures never do justice to what we actually see. I'm looking for tips on how to preserve them." Johnson said she's always been an outdoors person. As a geological engineer at Wilson & Co. in Salina, she oversees the installation of environmental wells and collects water and soil samples from the drilling. "I read about (the outdoors workshop) in the Journal last year and it sounded like fun," she said. "I've always enjoyed the outdoors, but as far as doing things properly, this gives me the opportunity to do things the right way." Johnson will be taking photography, backpacking, mountain biking and boating. Her first choice was canoeing, but the course was full. Ginther, who works for Systems Solution, Inc., in Salina, will be attending courses in shotgunning, flyfishing, backpacking and orienteering. "I think the flyfishing really drove my interest to this," Ginther said. "I've wanted to do something like that for a long time, and I couldn't find anyone who could teach me. You have to go to something like this to get some professional instruction." Ginther was also hoping to get into the archery and rifle marksmanship courses as well, but they filled up quickly. "I wanted in archery because my husband is a bow hunter," Ginther said. "Maybe the shotgunning course will help me shoot more pheasants than him." Ginther also likes the fact there will be discussion on the pros and cons on certain kinds of outdoor equipment. "I like that idea a lot," she said, "because sometimes when you go into a store, you're at the mercy of the salespeople if you're not familiar with certain things." T YOUTH FITNESS Sports good for children New study reveals intense activity lowers LDL cholesterol in kids By IRA DREYFUSS The Associated Press Being active in sports may make a kid a winner in the fight against heart disease. Young people who engage in bursts of intense activity have lower levels of LDL cholesterol, the type that can lead to artery-clogging deposits in adults, a study has found. Just leading a physically active life doesn't seem to make a difference on LDL, the study conducted by Dr. Suzanne B. Craig of New England Medical Center in Boston. "The results indicate there is some threshhold that confers more benefit," she said. The report, published in the journal Pediatrics, looked at 49 8- to 11-year-olds. All were girls, but similar findings could be expected in boys, said Dr. William H. Dietz, who also worked on the study. The researchers checked the girls' activity levels by measuring their metabolic rates — how much energy the girls burned. The girls also kept records of the tune they spent in more intense activities over a year. Exercises ranged from volleyball and gymnastics at the lower end of the intensity scale to soccer at the high end, Craig said. While just being physically active did not indicate whether the girls had lower levels of LDL, the intensity of their activities did, the researchers found. • "The more intense exercise the girls participated in, the lower their LDL score," Dietz said. Scientists know that in children LDL can lead to streaks of fatty material in the arteries, the same material that leads to clogged arteries in adults. While there is no reliable prediction of which children will grow up to have heart disease, researchers think it's wise to head off the potential for trouble. Research also indicates that simply living an active life, doing suqhf things as taking easy walks, may not be enough to avert an LDL problem, Dietz said. Even people who participate in vigorous activities as children can't be sure of warding off heart disease as adults, both researchers said. But current research showed that many adults who have high cholesterol levels also had them as children, Dietz said. "We know much less about chil- drens' physical activity because they have been studied less," said Judith Young, executive director of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education in Reston, Va. Young people tend to be more active than adults anyway, so' they should be encouraged to benefit from higher activity levels, said Michael Pratt, acting chief of physical activity and health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC is considering new exercise guidelines for young people from first grade through high school, and the recommendations may go beyond current adult minimums of 30 minutes of moderate activity most days, Pratt said. The likely recommendation would be 30 minutes of moderate activity each day plus three sessions of vigorous activity three days a week. OUTDOORS Fall flight of ducks expected big RECREATION CALENDAR By BILL SCHULZ The Associated Press This year's fall flight of ducks to wintering areas in the South will be the largest since 1979, according to preliminary estimates by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That means there will be liberal hunting regulations again this year. In addition, FWS is considering a proposal to allow states an extra hunting • day, which woujd be a "Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day." Youngsters woujd be accompanied by an adult, but the adult would not be allowed to hunt. The Fall, Flight Fore,csist, a statistical measuring tool, will be larger, tliiiiivtjie 77 million last year and well above the^l mUUon figure for 1994, acting FWS director John Rogers said. "Everything looks good for an impressive Southern migration," he said. The councils are advisory groups, one from each of the four flyways, which recommend hunting regulations. "We've come a jpjjg way since the drought of the late 1980s, wheivtBjB fall flight was 57 million ducki," Rogerf s$4f Three years of abundant rain and snow on the Canadian prairies and the upper Great Plains of the United States have recreated thousands of ponds and wetlands that dried up during the '80s. Ducks need these ponds and the acres of wetlands that surround them to build their nests and raise their young. During a drought, ducks frequently don't nest or lay eggs. "Our Canadian people say the Canadian prairies are as wet as they've ever been," said Jack Payne, national director of conservation for Ducks Unlimited. "We're in agreement that there will be a greater fall flight than last year." "But it's disappointing that pintails haven't bounced back." Also helping to foster duck habitats is the Conservation Reserve Program, part of the farm bill that Congress renewed this year. It has provided millions of acres of breeding habitat. The program pays farmers to take highly erod- able farmland out of production and let it grow back into natural cover. Also, the FWS has man aged many of its 508 national wildlife refuges to provide habitat for ducks. Despite the tremendous improvement, the duck population is 37.5 million breeding duclcs, still well below the target of 62 million breeding ducks and a fall flight of 100 million in average years set in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, a joint agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico. Those numbers were last recorded in the 1950s. The estimated breeding population of pintails, one of the continent's most important duck species, is about the same as last year at 2.7g million, well below the 10.4 million of 1956. Mallards, top, are steady at 8 million. put populations of four species — gadwall, blue- winged teal, northern shoveler and canvasback — reached record highs. There are 6.4 million blue- winged teals, up 25 percent from last year, and 3.4 million northern shovelers, up 21 percent. Basketball • NOVEMBER 16-17 AT McPHERSON — McPherson Basketball Club Tlpofl Classic ... entry tee $125 ... 5th, 6th, 7th grade divisions, boys and girls ... entry deadline Oct. 27... call Todd Whltehlll (316-241-2745). Basketball clinics • OCTOBER 12-13 AT HUTCHINSON — Randy Slange's Hutch Nike Clinic ... registration lee $45, $50 after Oct. 5... Bob Huggins, Charlie Spoonhour, Randy Smlthson, Bob Sundvold ... call Darby Rich (316-6653585). Golf • SEPTEMBER 29 AT BELOIT — HIs-and-Hers tournament with a 9 a.m. shotgun start... $40 per team ... call Rodney Palen (913-738-4421). • SEPTEMBER 29 AT LURAY — His and Her Scramble at Luray G.C.... entry fee $35 per team... 27- team limit... 8:30 a.m. shotgun start ... call 913-6982440 or 913-698-2274. • OCTOBER 5 At SAUNA — Focus on the Future four-person scramble at Salina Municipal ... 8 a.m. shotgun start ... entry fee $35 per person ... call Glenda Eck (913-823-2277 or 913-825-5274). • OCTOBER 6 At LURAY — A two-man scramble at Luray Q.C. ... entry fee $15 par player... tee times 8 ' a.m. to 10:30 a.m. ... call 913-698-2440 or 913-6982274. Running • OCTOBER 5 AT GLASCO — 'Fun Day 1886' at Qlasco City Park ... 4-mlIe run (4:15 p.m.), 1-mlle run, half-mile run, 1-mlle walk ... entry fee $9 ... call Jody WyaH (913-568-2301). • OCTOBER 19 AT LIND8BORQ — Coronado Heights Run ... 5K, 15K runs, 2-mile walk... 8 a.m start (Main & Grant)... entry fee $10... late lee $12 alter Oct. 18 ... call 913-227-3308 or 913-227-2911 or Steve Me- Gaughey (913-227-3394). Softball . OCTOBER 12-13 AT CANTON — Season Finale Coed Softball tournament... entry deadline Oct. 8... entry fee $90 ... hit own balls ... call John or Glna Middleton (316-628-4526). • OCTOBER 19-20 AT SALINA — Roam Dog 4 Coed Softball/Pumpkin Tournament... entry fee $70 and one pumpkin ... entry deadline Oct. 16 ... call Abble Werth (813-823-5581), J • OCTOBER 26-27 AT SALINA — Monster Mash men's slow-pitch tournament at East Crawford Area ... entry fee $85... Sunday homerun contest, $5 fee... entry deadline Oct. 21 ... call Brian White (913-826-7434). Tennis • OCTOBER 12-13 AT SALINA — Men's 18-older i draw-lor-your-partner tournament at Oakdale Park ... ' entry tee $20 ... entry deadline Oct. 9 ... call Bob ', Warkentlne (913-823-9351). , Volleyball • OCTOBER 12 AT LINCOLN — Coed tournament at Lincoln Grade School... 9 a.m. start... entry fee $60 per team... entry deadline Oct. 1 ... call Dora Schroeder (913-436-2405). Volleyball league • AT SALINA YWCA — Play begins Oct. 21 on Mondays and Tuesdays ... entry fee $125 per team plus membership to YWCA ... entry deadline Oct. 14 . call Amy Riedel (813-825-4626). Notices • Hunter Education classes — Oct. 1-2-3-5 at KSRTC classroom (Kansas National Guard) and live '. fire... Oct. 28-29-30 at Southeast of Saline... Nov. 4-56 at KSRTC Classroom/KDOT classroom (double class)... Dec. 2-3-4 at KSRTC classroom... Feb. 23-25 AMBUCS ... all classes free except for live fire classes ... call 013-827-0027 or 813-823-7669. • Children*' cro»» country — Thursday youth cross country meets for grades 2 through Junior high at Schilling School... 4 p.m. starts... Oct. 3,10,17 and 24 ... ribbons awarded ... call Dwlght Under (913-825- Fishing results KANSAS BASS FEDERATION State Team Qualltylny Tpurnmwnt At Truman Reservoir 1. Eric Stong, Overland Park, 17.39 pounds; 2. John Gleber, Emporia, 13.46; 3. Eric Reldel, Salina, 13.38; 4. David Clevenger, Leavenworth, 12.44; 6. Scott Stephenson, Topeka, 12.38; 6. David Bond, Abilene, 11.24; 7. Kerry Kruep, Olathe, 11.22; 8. Chris Self Belle Plalna, 10.34; 8. Kirk Deer, Mapleton, 8.63; 10. Chris Jeflery, Paola, 9.16; 11. Tom Brown, Ottawa 8.53; 12. Ed Berends, Osage City, Mr. Bass Tournament winner.
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