Refuge Proposes Changes to Fishing Program

Hunting and fishing on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands is a tradition that dates back to the early 1900s. National wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries in the Southwest have been part of this tradition. Today, more than 370 national wildlife refuges across the country are open to the public for hunting and/or fishing. We welcome hunters and anglers of all backgrounds and abilities to experience the outdoors in these amazing places.
Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is proposing to update the refuge’s fishing program and is seeking public comment on the proposed changes that include expanding fishing to allow shoreline fishing in Kiowa Lake in conjunction with USFWS sponsored aquatic education programs.

You are invited to review draft documents related to these changes, including the fish plan, environmental assessment, compatibility determination and the minor amendment to the comprehensive conservation plan. These documents will be available beginning Monday, April 19, 2021 until the close of the Federal Register public comment period, at least 60 days.

The public comment period is an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed changes in the draft documents. You can submit comments to the regional office by email at

Draft documents are also available by contacting the refuge to request either printed or electronic copies. Please let us know if you need the documents in an alternative format. In the subject line, please add – Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Fishing Comments.

Across the country, national wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries work closely with state agencies, tribes and private partners to expand access to hunting and fishing. Hunting and fishing provide opportunities for individuals and families to enjoy the outdoors, create memories and pass on family traditions.