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In years such as 1957, large numbers of young channel catfish could be collected and used to stock new ponds and lakes. So doing would not affect the numbers of _adults_ produced in the stream, and, if enough young could be removed, those remaining in the streams might grow faster.

Suckers and carp are abundant in the two rivers and mostly are unused at present, because current regulations preclude the use of methods effective for the capture of these species.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The investigation here reported on was supported jointly by the Kansas Forestry, Fish and Game Commission and the State Biological Survey of Kansas.

I thank Messrs. W. L. Minckley, D. A. Distler, J. McMullen, A. L.

Metcalf, L. J. Olund, M. Topping, B. Nelson and Claude Hastings for assistance in the field, and Mr. Ernest Craig, Game Protector, Erie, Kansas, for valuable suggestions and co-operation. I am especially grateful to Associate Professor Frank B. Cross for his pre-drought data, guidance, and criticism throughout the course of the work. I thank the many landowners who allowed me access to streams, and am especially indebted to Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Meats and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Craig for their hospitality and assistance.

Assistant Professor Kenneth B. Armitage and Associate Professor Ronald L. McGregor read the manuscript and gave helpful advice. Mrs. Maxine Deacon typed the manuscript and assisted in other ways.

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