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Shawnee Mission Park Catfish Harvest Took Place Nov. 8
POSTED: 11/14/2001
Each spring and fall, crowds turn out to watch as rainbow trout are stocked in Shawnee Mission Park. But there is a lesser known fish stocking that goes on each year without much fanfare or attention.

The annual harvest of catfish from the park's rearing pond located west of the Shawnee Mission Park dam took place on Thursday, Nov. 8. For this endeavor, 12 park maintenance workers from Shawnee Mission Park, Heritage Park, the Mill Creek Streamway Park, and Kansas Wildlife and Parks Fish Biologist Craig Johnson donned hip waders and harvested fish using nets. The fish were placed in tanks on pickup trucks and taken to the Shawnee Mission Park boat ramp for release into the big lake.

The water level in the rearing pond was lowered to about half its normal level beginning late in the afternoon of the day before. Park workers started their work at about 7 a.m. Thursday and finished by about 2 p.m.

When delievered in early June, approximately 6,000 catfish two to three inches in length and weighing in at 90 fish per pound, were placed in the rearing pond. Shawnee Mission Park Manager Grant Evans said at harvest, the fish averaged 10 to 12 inches in length and 0.5 to 0.75 of a pound each.

"It went really well," said Park Manager Grant Evans.

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