A man waist deep in water holding a silver fish and his fishing rod

In addition to the conservation of wildlife and habitat, the Refuge System offers a wide variety of quality fishing opportunities. Fishing programs promote understanding and appreciation of natural resources and their management on all lands and waters in the Refuge System. Every year, about 7 million anglers visit national wildlife refuges, where knowledgeable staff and thousands of volunteers help them have a wonderful fishing experience.

Fishing is allowed during state seasons. Available species include northern pike, bullhead, carp and, occasionally, walleye and perch. Fishing is poor during dry cycles and excellent during wet cycles. Refuge waters are too shallow to accommodate boats with outboard motors. The refuge's facilities include a fishing pier and creek bank fishing access areas. Fishing is permitted on Unit 1 and Long Lake Creek. Unit II and Unit III are closed to fishing. Fishing from bridges is prohibited. Boats and canoes are allowed on Long Lake Creek only, May 1-September 30. There are no boat ramps available.

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