Trout Stockings set for three JCPRD lakes on Feb. 20

The public is invited to come watch as rainbow trout are stocked in three Johnson County Park & Recreation District lakes in late February.

Spring stockings have been conducted at Shawnee Mission Park and Heritage Park Lakes since the late 1980s, but new this year are plans to stock trout at Kill Creek Park. This addition came about as a result of public demand and to increase awareness of the lake, which first opened in late 2001.

"Kill Creek Lake is a deep body of water that should be ideal for rainbow trout," said JCPRD Field Biologist Matt Garrett. "We see it as an opportunity to increase fishing opportunities on the western side of the county."

Trout stockings will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at each respective lake's boat ramp. Stocking of about 1,000 pounds of trout at Kill Creek will begin at noon; stocking of about 1,000 pounds of trout at Heritage Park will begin at 2:30 p.m.; and stocking of about 3,000 pounds of trout at Shawnee Mission Park will begin at 3:45 p.m. Following the stockings, the lakes will be closed to fishing until the official beginning of the 2013 trout season with a siren start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at all three lakes.

The district's rainbow trout program is totally funded by funds collected through JCPRD fishing and trout permits. Purchasing a permit allows anglers to collect a daily limit of four trout. Before fishing in district lakes, area anglers ages 16 to 74 will need to have a Kansas fishing license. Additionally, anglers 16 to 64 will need a JCPRD fishing permit, and everyone who is fishing for trout in district lakes, regardless of their age, needs a JCPRD trout fishing permit. District fishing and trout permits are available at: the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam; the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park; and at numerous local retail outlets.

A second spring stocking is planned for Friday, March 15.

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.”

Kill Creek Park, is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Heritage Park is located at 16050 Pflumm, Olathe., and Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, and Lenexa. All three facilities are owned and operated by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. For more information, call (913) 888-4713.

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