|Fishing Regulations Re-Announced for Antioch Park|
Now that the two lakes at Antioch Park have been refilled with water and stocked with fish, Johnson County Park and Recreation District officials have recently re-announced fishing regulations for the lakes.
As before the recent park improvements, the South Lake will remain catch and release for now, while fish within creel and length limits from the North Lake can be kept. Although both lakes were dredged extensively as part of improvements, the South Lake remains under restrictions from previous chlordane contamination and will remain so until a determination is made by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Park, possibly as early as January 2006.
About 400 bluegill, which were collected from Shawnee Mission Park, were stocked in the two lakes earlier this year. Bass were not stocked in the lake, but have shown up in the North Lake from sources upstream. There are tentative plans to stock the lakes with channel catfish in the fall. There are no length or creel limits on bluegill. For bass and channel catfish, there is a limit of two fish and 15 inches.
The lake improvements were one of the major renovations included in Antioch Park Phase I Improvements which began in October 2003 and which were completed in May of this year. In addition to dredging the lakes, the improvements included the addition of extensive boardwalks along the south side of the South lake and the addition of wetland cells at the east ends of both lakes. Prior to the improvement projects, the Antioch Park lakes were stocked only intermittently. Officials are hopeful the improved lakes can be placed on a more regular stocking schedule.
For more information about Antioch Park fishing, call Park Manager Carolyn Moody at (913) 831-3355.