The 2021 trout season begins Feb. 27 at two Johnson County Park and Recreation District lakes. The lake locations are: Kill Creek Park, 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe, and Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa.
The season opening follows the closure of both lakes to fishing beginning Feb. 24 in order to stock approximately 5,400 pounds of rainbow trout in the two lakes, including about 1,600 pounds at Kill Creek and about 3,800 pounds at Shawnee Mission Park. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the usual public stocking events are not being promoted this spring.
The official beginning of the 2021 trout season will start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. Anglers are encouraged to observe physical distancing and COVID-safe practices.
The two lakes will be closed to fishing again on March 19 when another 2,000 pounds of trout will be stocked. Fishing will resume at 5 a.m. on Saturday, March 20.
Before fishing for trout in district waters, anglers age 16 and older 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. 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 four) or release the trout you catch. District fishing permits are available are available online at JCPRD.com/Permits, and in-person at the JCPRD Registration Office, Building D, 6501 Antioch Road; at the Visitor Services counter in the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; and at local sporting goods outlets.
For more information on this program, contact Visitor Services at (913) 888-4713. The building is open seven days a week.