|Spring Break Trout Stocking set for March 14|
An additional 3,000 pounds of rainbow trout will be released into two Johnson County Park and Recreation District lakes during a supplemental stocking in mid-March.
The public is invited to watch the stockings, which will take place on Friday, March 14. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., 1,000 pounds of live fish will be released near the Heritage Park dam. At approximately 3:45 p.m., 2,000 pounds of fish will be released near the Shawnee Mission Park boat ramp. Watching the stocking is a great kids' activity during Spring Break week. Search for the keyword "fishing" to find this program in the JCPRD's Activities Catalog and online listings.
Following the stockings, the two lakes will be closed to fishing until the parks' opening at 5 a.m. on Saturday, March 15.
Area anglers ages 16 to 64 will need to have a Kansas fishing permit, a Johnson County Park and Recreation District fishing permit and a JCPRD trout fishing permit. District fishing and trout permits are available at: the JCPRD Registration Office, Building C, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam; the John Barkley Visitors Center at Shawnee Mission Park; and at numerous local bait and tackle shops.
Because the lake level in Shawnee Mission Park was reduced in 2007 for construction projects and refilling the lake is especially weather-dependant, the stocking at this location is tentative and subject to being moved. It is recommended those interested in attending this stocking call (913) 888-4713 to confirm the date and time.
The supplemental stocking follows an earlier stocking of 3,000 pounds of trout in the two lakes on Feb. 20.