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Overnight Fishing Opportunities offered on June 9, 16, & 23
POSTED: 06/09/2012
The first of two overnight fishing opportunities planned at Heritage Park Lake during 2012 will take place on June 9. Other June overnight fishing opportunities will take place on June 16 at Kill Creek Park and June 23 at Shawnee Mission Park. After 11 p.m. on those dates, the specified park will be open for fishing only, and park police will be on duty throughout the night.

"Overnight fishing offers anglers who work during the day a chance at fishing," said Park Police Community Relations Officer Billie Thompson. "Perhaps the best reason for overnight fishing, though, is that during the summer it’s a prime time for catching fish. That’s because fish don’t have eyelids and they feed at night so they don’t have to face the bright sun rays. During the day they avoid the sunlight by going deep or by finding cover under docks and submerged trees.”

Fishing will be allowed from the bank or from watercraft. Park safety staff note that state law requires a white light be on at all times on boats on the water after sunset.

Before fishing, area anglers ages 16 to 64 will need to have a valid Kansas fishing license, a Johnson County Park and Recreation District fishing permit, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. District fishing permits are available at: the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, in the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park, and at numerous local bait and tackle shops.

Officer Thompson said the JCPRD overnight fishing program came about in response to angler's requests and has grown to encompass the three lakes listed above. He added that the event especially appeals to anglers who want a more peaceful time fishing and to parents who want to introduce their kids to the outdoors.

Other overnight fishing opportunities this year are planned for July 21 at Heritage Park, and July 28 at Shawnee Mission Park, as well as Aug. 18 at Kill Creek Park, and Aug. 25 at Shawnee Mission Park.

Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, and Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.

For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Shawnee Mission Park's John Barkley Visitor's Center at (913) 888-4713.

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