The small trout was squirming in Catherine Duong's hand and finally jumped out of her small hand and into the grass.
The 7-year-old from Olathe was told to throw the fish into the lake, and so she scooped it up and pitched it into water.
This was her first chance to see the stocking of 700 pounds of fish at the Heritage Park Lake in Olathe.
A truck from a fish hatchery in Ava, Mo., just east of Springfield, arrived at the park Wednesday with 2,100 pounds of rainbow trout.
Several children were there and park rangers allowed them to throw a few of the smaller fish into the lake.
"They were funny," Catherine said of the fish that squirmed in a net in front of her. And the one she threw into the lake?
"It was kind of slimy," she said.
After stocking the lake, the truck moved on to Shawnee Mission Park in Shawnee and flushed the remaining fish into the lake there.
This was the second lake stocking this year at the parks. In February the fish farm deposited 4,000 pounds of trout at those lakes.
Billie Thompson, community relations officer for the park police, said some of the trout from that stocking survived the hot summer and are still being caught.
"They can survive the warm weather as long as there is enough oxygen in the water," he said.
About 30 of those fish were tagged so park officials could keep track of how many have been caught. More than two-thirds of those have been caught, according to Thompson. Trout like cold water and are not native to Kansas.
This week's load cost the district $6,090 or $2.90 a pound.
Park officials said they spend slightly more than $20,000 a year to stock the lakes with fish.