The second of two Overnight Fishing Saturdays planned this summer at Kill Creek Park, and the fourth of four at Shawnee Mission Park are planned in August. This year's Overnight Fishing Saturdays began in mid-May and involve nine dates at four Johnson County Park & Recreation District parks.
The next Kill Creek Park overnight fishing opportunity is Aug. 12, while the opportunity at Shawnee Mission Park is Aug. 19. After 11 p.m. on these respective dates, the specific park will be open strictly for fishing only and park police officers will be on duty throughout the night. Fishing will be allowed from the bank or from watercraft. Park safety officials noted state law requires a white light be on at all times on boats on the water after sunset.
To find the overnight fishing events in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, browse first under fun for all and then under special events. In the catalog the keyword for this program is “fishing.”
Before fishing, area anglers ages 16 to 64 will need to have a valid Kansas fishing license, a Johnson County Park & Recreation District fishing permit, and all appropriate boat tags, if applicable. District fishing permits are available at: the JCPRD Registration Office, Building C, 6501 Antioch Road, in the Visitor Services Counter at the JCPRD Administration Building in Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa; and at local sporting goods outlets.
This year’s final Overnight Fishing Saturdays is planned for Sept. 16 at the new Lexington Lake Park, which opened in early July.
Kill Creek Park is located at 11670 Homestead Lane, Olathe. Shawnee Mission Park is located at 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee and Lenexa. Lexington Lake Park is located north of Kansas 10 Highway near the Lexington Avenue exit in De Soto. To get to Lexington Lake Park, take Kansas10 west from Interstate 435 towards Lawrence. Exit at Lexington Ave in De Soto and turn right going south under K-10 to 95th Street. Turn right (west) onto 95th and go approximately 1 mile to the Sunflower Road intersection. Turn right (north) onto Sunflower Road and go approximately one-half mile, passing back under K-10 to the park entrance on your left.
For more information about the overnight fishing program, call Visitor Services at (913) 888-4713.