Kansas club helps assemble habitat structures

HAYS, Kan. — The Hays Bass Anglers Association of Kansas participated in a two-part habitat project in 2012.

First, nine members of the club assembled more than 450 handles to be used for habitat weights.

"This consisted of cutting heavy-gauge wire to length, spinning the wire to double-reinforce the strength of the handle and bending them into shape so that they may be used in a concrete form later," explained member Nate Brown.

Then, 10 club members drove from Hays, Kan., to Sheridan Lake (Sheridan County) where they helped Dave Spaulsbury, Kansas Department of Wildlife & Parks fisheries biologist, pour more than 300 concrete anchor weights using the wire handles for shallow-water bass habitat structure/cedar tree piles.

The volunteers contributed 77 man-hours for the two-part project.