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Kingman State Lake
Kingman State Fishing Lake & Byron Walker Wildlife Area
Kingman State Fishing Lake and Byron Walker Wildlife Area are located on the South Fork Ninnescah River, seven miles west of Kingman, Kansas, on US Hwy 54. The area encompasses 4,685 acres, including the 144-acre Kingman State Fishing Lake constructed in 1933.
The area offers a wide variety of hunting and fishing. Campers, hikers and bird watchers will also find the area attractive. A hunting permit is required for hunting.
The diverse habitat on Byron Walker Wildlife Area includes riparian woodlands, native prairie, wetlands and marshes, making the area great for hunting a variety of game. Most of the prairie habitat has been enhanced with tree and shrub strips, disked strips and food plots. The wetlands are managed using moist-soil techniques with millet plantings to attract waterfowl. Crops are also planted to benefit game species.
Upland bird hunting is generally good. Quail are the primary species on the area, and numbers are typically good. Pheasants can be found on the area, but numbers are generally low because of the lack of suitable habitat. Hunters with dogs should be careful of traffic on US Hwy 54, which runs through the area.
Fox squirrels are abundant in the timbered areas. Black walnut and bur oak trees are attractive to squirrels when bearing nuts and acorns. Cottontails are abundant near clover or alfalfa patches or brushy habitats. Occasionally, jack rabbits can be taken on the area. Hunting with beagles can be very productive.
White-tailed deer hunting is very popular on Byron Walker. Numbers are generally good and can be found in every habitat on the area. Bowhunters can improve their shooting skills at the archery range located adjacent to the area headquarters.
Turkey hunting is excellent on the area. The special youth/handicap season gives young and handicapped hunters the opportunity to hunt before the regular season opener.
Area ponds, windmills, sunflower fields, wheat stubble and millet fields can offer exciting pass shooting for doves. Dove hunting can remain good through early October.
Waterfowl hunting offers some exciting diversity on the area. The west third of Kingman State Fishing Lake is open to waterfowl hunting, with the remainder of the lake managed as a refuge. In additionin, eight marshes are located north and west of the lake and three more are located on the south side of Hwy 54. The Ninnescah River and a dozen or more ponds are also open to waterfowl hunting.
Kingman State Fishing Lake offers excellent fishing for largemouth bass, crappie and channel catfish. Other species stocked in the lake include bluegill, redear, walleye and northern pike. Special length and creel limits are posted at the lake entrance. Crappie generally spawn in April, and good numbers can be found around brush piles and the rock jetties. Norther pikes get active as the ice melts in February. They are usually found spawning in weedy areas along the shoreline. Some fish have reached four feet in length. Channel catfish are extremely popular and are easily caught near the feeders from April to October. Some trophy fishermen pursue big redears using a flyrod. Largemouth bass can be caught year-round near any cover type using various lures and minnow imitations.
The area also has numerous ponds that hold fish. These are indicated on the map and can provide excellent fishing for largemout bass, channel catfish and bluegill. The Ninnescah River passes through the area and provides good fishing for channel and flathead catfish.
Picnic tables, fire-rings, pit toilets and a group shelter are all available for campers, picnickers and fishermen. Camping is permitted in designated areas only. Two boat-launching facilities are located on the east side of the lake. Motorized boating in Kingman State Fishing Lake is restricted to fishing only, and a no-wake policy in enforced. An archery range is available during daylight hours at the headquarters. To ensure all visitors can enjoy their trip to the lake, alcohol and cereal malt beverages are prohibited.
Things to Remember
- Vehicles are restricted to maintained roads and parking areas. Off-road vehicle use is prohibited.
- A no-trash policy is in effect for this area, so please take your trash with you.
- Any blinds used must be portable and temporary, or made of native materials found at the blind site.
- Target shooting on the area is prohibited.
- Consult information signs on the area for all regulations that apply to the area.
- 8685 West Hwy 54
- Cunningham, KS 67035
- (620) 532-3242 (Area Office)
- (316) 683-8069 (Regional Office)