Spring Break Trout Stocking set for March 15

Bring the kids and start out spring break week by watching as hundreds of pounds of squirming rainbow trout are stocked in three Johnson County Park & Recreation District lakes.

The spring break stockings will take place on Friday, March 15 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 2,000 pounds of trout at Shawnee Mission Park will begin at 3:45 p.m. Following the stockings, all three lakes will be closed to fishing until the following day's park opening at 5 a.m.

This supplemental stocking follows an well-attended earlier stocking of 5,000 pounds of trout in the three lakes on Feb. 20.

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 for trout in district waters, Kansas residents ages 16 to 74 and nonresidents 16 and older need to have a Kansas state fishing license. Additionally, Johnson County residents ages 16 to 64 and non-county residents age 16 and older must have a JCPRD fishing permit. All persons, regardless of age or residency must also possess a JCPRD trout permit. Trout permits are required whether you plan to keep your catch (up to a daily limit of 4) or release the trout you catch. Permits are available at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road, Merriam; the John Barkley Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road; and at numerous local retail outlets.

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. For more information on this program, please contact the Visitor Center at Shawnee Mission Park at (913) 888-4713. The center is open seven days a week.

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