• 2,080 wiper intermediates (5- to 7-inch fish) in September
• 8,320 channel catfish intermediates (9- to 11-inch fish) in August or September
• Approximately 400,000 walleye fry in April
• The fall rainbow trout stocking will take place Oct. 26, with the fish coming again from Crystal Lake Fisheries in Ava, Mo. Past stockings have seen the lake add 7,000 pounds of trout in the fall and 7,000 pounds again during the spring.
In addition, the state stocks fish under the Community Fisheries Assistant Program in Gage Park’s West Lake, Hanger Family Fishing Pond (formerly Lake Shawnee Jr.), Clarion Woods, Central Park and Freedom Valley ponds.
Mike McLaughlin, communications and public information supervisor for Shawnee County Parks and Recreation, said the state plans to resume channel catfish stockings at Central Park this year after not doing it last year. KDWPT fisheries biologist Richard Sanders, of Lawrence, told McLaughlin in an email that Freedom Valley has not been stocked this year due to wet or rainy conditions during fish deliveries, “but we will try to get some in there in August and September.”
The county was stocked with 1,670 pounds of channel catfish on Aug. 8, according to a document from the KDWPT. Douglas County also was stocked with 400 pounds on that date. The next scheduled channel cat stocking date is Sept. 17, which will see 1,565 pounds added in Shawnee County and 350 in Douglas.
For the year, the state is planning to stock 10,580 pounds of catfish in Shawnee County, with an additional 2,490 in Douglas County.
Note: West Edge Road, located west of Lake Shawnee beginning at S.E. 29th, is now open to thru traffic and right turns only. Left turns onto S.E. 29th will be allowed after traffic signals are installed later this year, according to Shawnee County Parks and Recreation. S.E. Granger is now open to all turns.