|Spring Trout Stockings set for Feb. 12 at Kill Creek, Heritage, and Shawnee Mission parks|
The lake locations are: Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe; Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm, Olathe; and Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, and Lenexa.
Approximately 4,000 pounds of rainbow trout will be stocked in the three lakes on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Stocking of about 700 pounds of trout at Kill Creek will begin at 1:30 p.m.; stocking of about 700 pounds of trout at Heritage Park will begin at 2:30 p.m.; and stocking of about 2,600 pounds of trout at Shawnee Mission Park will begin at 3:45 p.m. Each stocking will take place at the respective lake's boat ramp.
Following the stockings, all three lakes will be closed to fishing until the official beginning of the 2014 trout season at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15.
The district's rainbow trout program is totally funded by monies collected through JCPRD fishing and trout permits. Purchasing a permit allows anglers to collect a daily limit of four trout. Before fishing for trout in district waters, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license. Additionally, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit. All persons, regardless of age or residency must also possess a JCPRD trout permit. Trout permits are required whether you plan to keep your catch (up to a daily limit of 4) or release the trout you catch. Permits are available at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam; the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road; and at numerous local retail outlets.
To find these programs in the JCPRD’s Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “fishing.”
Additional supplemental Spring Break Trout Stockings at all three lakes are planned for Friday, March 14. Those stockings will involve another 3,000 pounds of trout and will close those lakes to fishing until 5 a.m. on Saturday March 15.
For more information on this program, please contact the Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park at (913) 888-4713. The center is open seven days a week.