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Spring trout stockings set for Feb. 25 at Kill Creek and Shawnee Mission parks
POSTED: 02/04/2015
The public is invited to come watch as thousands of pounds of rainbow trout are stocked in two Johnson County Park & Recreation District lakes in late February. The lake locations are: Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, and Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.

Approximately 5,400 pounds of rainbow trout will be stocked in the two lakes on Wednesday, Feb. 25. Stocking of about 1,600 pounds of trout at Kill Creek will begin at approximately 2:30 p.m. Stocking of about 3,800 pounds of trout at Shawnee Mission Park will begin at approximately 3:45 p.m. Each stocking will take place at the respective lake's boat ramp.

Following the stockings, both lakes will be closed to fishing until the official beginning of the 2014 trout season at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Additional Supplemental Spring Break Trout Stockings at both lakes are planned for Friday, March 13. Those stockings will involve another 2,000 pounds of trout and will close those lakes to fishing until 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 14.

Park staff have made the determination to discontinue trout stockings at Heritage Park Lake for the foreseeable future.

"The shallow water conditions at Heritage Park are unfortunately no longer suitable for the stocking of rainbow trout," explained JCPRD Field Biologist Matt Garrett. "The rapidly fluctuating water temperature and oxygen levels are too dramatic for the sensitive fish. We hope a future restoration project for the lake will improve conditions, similar to Shawnee Mission Park in 2007.”

No schedule or funding for a Heritage Park Lake restoration project have been set at this time.

JCPRD'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 this program 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 keywords “fishing.”

For more information on this program, contact the Visitor's Center at Shawnee Mission Park at (913) 888-4713. The center is open seven days a week.

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