August is National Fishing Month

By Karen Morrone, Marketing Manager

National Fishing Month GraphicAs I’m reading my daily Facebook Feed, I see that August is National Fishing Month.  My husband and son love fishing, so I probably should have known that there would be a month dedicated to this fantastic activity. I realize that not all families are as into fishing as mine, so having a month in the summer dedicated to celebrate fishing brings much awareness to a fun activity which can be done alone or in a group.

If you’ve never fished before, ask someone to take you along.  It’s not difficult to catch bluegill, bass or even catfish in our local ponds and lakes around town.  I recommend reading up on some beginner fishing tips, by checking out this website.

Where can you go fishing around Johnson County?  Many cities have lakes and ponds, like Overland Park, Olathe and Lenexa.  Just go to their city’s website and find their parks and recreation page.  In addition, Johnson County Parks & Rec own and maintain several stocked lakes like Kill Creek Park, Heritage Park and the newer Lexington Lake Park in De Soto.

Don’t forget about the great fishing in Missouri too, like Longview Lake and Lake Jacomo!

Own a boat?  If so, your fishing options have opened up tremendously.  Check out Hillsdale Lake in Paola, KS or take a day trip to the Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Reservoir in Missouri.  You can pack a lunch and be on your boat for hours, trying to catch the big one.  Did I forget to mention that patience is a nice attribute to have when fishing? (If you aren’t into fishing, it’s a great opportunity to tag along, read your summer novel and be outdoors!)

Whether you shoreline fish, or go out on a boat, remember to purchase a fishing license for anyone over the age of 16.  Happy National Fishing Month!