|JCPRD Overnight Fishing Opportunities for 2017 begin May 13 at Shawnee Mission Park and include Sept. 16 session at Lexington Lake Park|
Nine Overnight Fishing Saturdays at four Johnson County Park & Recreation District lakes are being planned this year, beginning in mid-May. Among the parks which will host these events is Lexington Lake Park, which is expected to open in early summer.
The first Overnight Fishing Saturday will take place on May 13 at Shawnee Mission Park Lake. After 11 p.m. on that date, the park will be open strictly for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. All park gates will be open, but access within the park will be limited. The south side of the park will be barricaded east of the 87th Street “Y” and west of the 79th Street “Y” off of Barkley Circle near the main entrance.
Fishing will be allowed from the bank or from watercraft. Park safety officials noted state law requires a white light be on at all times on boats on the water after sunset. Before fishing in district waters, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. Additionally, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit. Permits are available at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam; at Visitor Services in the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road; and at numerous local retail outlets.
This year’s other Overnight Fishing Saturdays at Shawnee Mission Park are planned for June 24, July 22, and Aug. 19. Overnight Fishing Saturdays are also being offered on two dates at Heritage Park: June 3 and July 15, and two dates at Kill Creek Park: June 10 and Aug. 12. The overnight fishing opportunity at Lexington Lake will close out this year's Overnight Fishing Saturdays on Sept. 16.
When it opens this summer, Lexington Lake Park will consist of a 465-acre L-shaped property, which includes a 27 acre lake, which has previously been stocked with crappie and large-mouth bass. This property was previously known as Reike Lake, when it was a private fishing lake originally constructed in the 1950s.
Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm Road, Olathe, while Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Specific directions will be publicized once the park opens, but Lexington Lake Park is located north of Kansas 10 Highway near the Lexington Avenue exit in De Soto.
To find the overnight fishing events in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog the keyword for this program is “fishing.”
For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Visitor Services at (913) 888-4713.