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New Fishing Limits Set at JCPRD Parks
POSTED: 09/02/2004
 
The Johnson County Park and Recreation District has established new creel and length limits for specific fish species at two parks. The limits are based on electrofishing and netting conducted and analyzed by a fisheries biologist with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and subsequent review and discussion by a District Fish and Wildlife Committee.

At Shawnee Mission Park, the creel limit has been changed from ten catfish per day to two with the existing minimum length limit of 15 inches maintained. Another change increases the minimum length for bass from 15 inches to 18 inches at Shawnee Mission Park. A creel limit of two catfish with a 15-inch minimum length was also established for Kill Creek Park Lake, which previously had no length limits because fishing was not allowed there prior to June of this year.

Shawnee Mission Park Manager Grant Evans said one of the goals of the new regulations was to emphasize quality over quantity in fish drawn from the lakes by allowing more of the fish to remain in the lakes longer and grow larger.

The new regulations went into effect upon the recent installation of signs detailing the new regulations at Shawnee Mission Park. Similar signs were installed at Kill Creek Park prior to the start of fishing for ages 15 and under on June 12 and the subsequent opening of fishing to all licensed fishermen on July 1.

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

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.

For more information, call (913) 888-4713 .

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