The lake will be closed to fishing from 6 a.m. Oct. 27 to 6 a.m. Nov. 3 to allow the fish time to disperse. Another 7,000 pounds of trout will be stocked during the spring.
Crystal Lake Fisheries out of Ava, Mo., will once again stock Lake Shawnee with farm-grown rainbow trout. Last year’s fall stocking saw an average weight of 2 1/4 pounds per fish, with some weighing up to 8 pounds. The lake record is a 15.43-pounder caught in March 2012 by Nicole Wilson.
Lake Shawnee also has produced several state-record rainbow trout in past years, with Topekan Bob Lorson catching an 11.02-pound trout to briefly hold the record in April 2011 before Ed Ames, of Tecumseh, broke it just 18 days later with a 13.65-pound lunker. The following year, a similar situation occurred when Jay Melkus caught a 14.25-pounder to temporarily hold the record until it was again broken by Wilson’s fish in the same month.
The current state record trout weighed 15.72 pounds and was caught by Spring Hill’s Josh McCullough in February 2014 on Kill Creek Park Lake.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism also will stock about 1,000 pounds of rainbow trout in Topeka’s Auburndale Park stream over the course of six stockings. Other state-owned waters in northeast Kansas that will be stocked are Fort Riley’s Moon Lake (7,000 pounds of fish throughout the season) and Cameron Springs (6,000), Tuttle Creek’s Willow Lake (7,000) and Clinton State Park’s Lake Henry (3,100). The KDWPT increased the amount of stockings at state-owned waters from four per season to six last year.
The season runs throughout the winter and spring and ends April 15, 2019. Trout anglers will need to purchase a trout license for $14.50 at any license vendor location or online at http://www.ksoutdoors.com in order to target and keep rainbows. The daily creel limit for adults is five trout, with a possession limit of 15. Youths 15 and under can catch and keep two trout daily without having to purchase a permit. If they have a permit, they can keep up to the full five per day.