Fish of Quivira

Green Sunfish

A variety of sport and stream fishes occur at Quivira.


During the early days of the management of Quivira (1950s through part of the 1970s), numerous attempts were made to establish sport fishery populations in Little Salt Marsh.  Due to periodic drought and other issues, these attempts were not only largely unsuccessful but were also deemed to be unworthy of repeating.  

Since then, the only water unit stocked for fish has been the Kids Fishing Pond, which annually receives catfish, largemouth bass, and hybrid sunfish, primarily for the promotion of youth fishing.  Otherwise, fish populations in the Refuge waters are the result of up- or downstream influx of species.  This includes a few sport fishes like catfish, carp, and bullhead, but also a variety of minnows and other stream fishes.  One of them, the Arkansas Darter, is recognized nationally as a candidate for Endangered Species status, and by the State of Kansas as a Threatened species.

Click below for a list of fish species documented at Quivira in the last decade or so:

 

List of Fishes at Quivira NWR


 Pictured here are some of the more frequently-encountered species.

 

Black Bullhead 
Black Bullhead
carp 1
Common Carp
 Channel cat 1
Channel Catfish
Largemouth bass
Largemouth Bass
Green sunfish 2
Green Sunfish
Mosquitofish
Mosquitofish
Plains Killifish
Plains Killifish
Arkansas Darter 2
Arkansas Darter