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Zoo opens ponds to fishing
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Starting Sept. 3, members of the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo’s Zoological Society will be allowed to fish at the zoo’s ponds. Fishing will be allowed on the first Saturday of each month from 1-5 p.m. Zoo Director Scott Gregory said those coming to fish must first check in at the front desk to get a stamp. Fishers must show their zoological society member card, and will be allowed to bring in two guests.

A valid fishing license will be needed to fish in the zoo, and a Kansas fishing license will be needed, Gregory said. "We will not check the licenses at the door, but the Kansas Wildlife and Parks are aware of fishing at the zoo, so they will do random checks."

Gregory added that the ponds at the zoo are stocked with catfish. "We recommend using hotdogs as bait for they love that! Feel free to take home all the fish you like for a fish fry! Contact us with any questions. This perk is for members only, so if you have any friends who like to fish, tell them to get on our website and sign up for the Zoological Society!"

The zoo, located at 2123 Main Street, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The telephone number is 620-786-5420, e-mail The website can be found at