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What kind of fish are in the base lakes?

Members of the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron natural resources section and the Missouri Department of Conservation survey the fish population in the North Lake at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 5, 2018. The team also evaluated the Ike Skelton, Bear and Nugent Lakes on base to measure the amount of algae present and water temperature to ensure a balanced ecosystem. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

Members of the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron natural resources section and the Missouri Department of Conservation survey the fish population in the North Lake at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 5, 2018. The team also evaluated the Ike Skelton, Bear and Nugent Lakes on base to measure the amount of algae present and water temperature to ensure a balanced ecosystem. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

Keith Donaldson, a natural resources manager assigned to the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron, center, and members from the Missouri Department of Conservation collect fish from the North Lake at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 5, 2018. The lake has a balanced population of bluegill and largemouth bass. All the lakes on base are open for fishing and no permit or license is required. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

Keith Donaldson, a natural resources manager assigned to the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron, center, and members from the Missouri Department of Conservation collect fish from the North Lake at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 5, 2018. The lake has a balanced population of bluegill and largemouth bass. All the lakes on base are open for fishing and no permit or license is required. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Danielle Quilla)

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. -- Keith Donaldson, a natural resources manager assigned to the 509th Civil Engineer Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, and members from the Missouri Department of Conservation surveyed the fish population in the Ike Skelton, Bear, Nugent and North Lakes at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, June 5, 2018.

All the base lakes have a balanced population of bluegill and largemouth bass; Bear Lake also has channel catfish. Pond dye was added to Ike Skelton Lake and Nugent Lake to help control the algae and reduce the water temperature. According to Donaldson, the dye helps make more dissolved oxygen, which is crucial for the fish as summer temperatures continue to rise.

All the base lakes are open for fishing and no permit or license is required. However, catch-and-release fishing is recommended to ensure Team Whiteman’s natural resources are maintained.