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Spring Break Trout Stocking set for Friday, March 13
POSTED: 02/18/2015
Bring the kids and start out spring break week by watching as hundreds of pounds of squirming rainbow trout are stocked in two Johnson County Park & Recreation District lakes.

These Supplemental Spring Break Trout Stockings will take place on Friday, March 13, at each respective lake's boat ramp. Stocking of about 600 pounds of trout at Kill Creek will begin at 2:30 p.m.; and stocking of about 1,400 pounds of trout at Shawnee Mission Park will begin at 3:45 p.m. Following the stockings, both lakes will be closed to fishing until the following day's park opening at 5 a.m.

This supplemental stocking follows an earlier stocking of about 5,400 pounds of trout in the two lakes on Feb. 25 and the official beginning of the 2015 trout season on Feb. 28.

Trout stockings at Heritage Park Lake have been discontinued 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 what was done at 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 four) 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 keyword "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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