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Rainbow trout stockings scheduled this fall

LINCOLN, Neb. – Catchable-size rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and lakes across the state by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. These stockings will enhance fishing opportunities this fall and winter.

Trout fishing is a great way to introduce children to fishing because simple and inexpensive equipment may be used. A spinning or spin-cast rod and reel with a hook baited with a worm will work well. Add a split shot a couple of feet above the hook and a bobber a couple of feet above the split shot. Spinners, salmon eggs, dough baits and artificial flies also can catch trout.

The 90,000-plus stocked trout are approximately 10 inches in length. The following is a tentative stocking schedule, including quantities:

Sept. 24 – Elm Creek, Red Cloud, 1,000 trout

Sept. 25 – Gilbert-Baker Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Pond, Harrison, 600; White River, southwest of Fort Robinson State Park (SP), 750; Bridgeport State Recreation Area (SRA) Middle Pit, Bridgeport, 2,000

Oct. 2 – Carter P. Johnson Lake, Fort Robinson SP, 2,500; Laing Lake, Alliance, 1,500

Oct. 9 – Crystal Cove Lake, South Sioux City, 4,500

Oct. 10 – Fremont Lakes SRA Lake No. 2, Fremont, 5,000

Oct. 11 – Benson Park Pond, Omaha, 1,050; Lake Halleck, Papillion, 1,200

Oct. 15 – Hitchcock Park Pond, Omaha, 450; Towl Park Pond, Omaha, 300

Oct. 16 – Standing Bear Lake, Omaha, 3,750; Niobrara SP Pond, Niobrara, 1,000; Gracie Creek Pond, Burwell, 1,000; Ord City Lake, 1,500; Bessey Pit, Halsey, 500; City Pond, Auburn, 800; Stanton Park Pond, Falls City, 300; Pawnee City Pond, Pawnee City, 300; Humboldt City Park Pond, Humboldt, 600; North Morrill Pit, Morrill, 1,350; Middle Morrill Pit, Morrill, 450; South Morrill Pit, Morrill, 400; Riverside Discovery Center Pond, Scottsbluff, 900

Oct. 17 – Bowling Lake (south pond), Lincoln, 400; Holmes Lake, Lincoln, 3,000; TaHaZouka Park Pond, Norfolk, 1,500; Pawnee Park West Lake, Columbus, 1,500; CenturyLink Lake, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, 1,500

Oct. 18 – Standing Bear Lake, Omaha, 3,750; Heartwell Park, Hastings, 900; Such’s Lake, Grand Island, 650; Curtis Golf Course Pond, Curtis, 150; Lexington City Lake, Lexington, 750 Lake Helen, Gothenburg, 2,000; Windmill SRA Pit No. 2, Gibbon, 600

Oct. 19 – Oxford City Lake, Oxford, 300; Holdrege City Park Pond, Holdrege, 2,000; Fort Kearny SRA Pit No. 6, Kearney, 1,200; Melham Park Lake, Broken Bow, 875; Ansley City Pond, Ansley, 1,200

Oct. 22 – Humphrey Pond, Ogallala, 600; Bridgeport SRA Northwest Pit, Bridgeport, 1,400

Oct. 23 – Steinhart Park East Pond, Nebraska City, 1,200; Weeping Water Pond, Weeping Water, 1,500; Bowling Lake (south pond), Lincoln, 400; Grove Lake, Royal, 1,500

Oct. 24 – David City Park West Pond, David City, 600

Oct. 30 – Birdwood WMA, North Platte, 4,000

Oct. 31 – Rock Creek Lake SRA, Parks, 3,000

Nov. 1 – Crystal Springs Middle Lake, Fairbury, 1,000

Nov. 5 – Lake Ogallala, Ogallala, 4,000

Nov. 7 – Lake Ogallala, Ogallala, 4,000

Nov. 9 – Lake Ogallala, Ogallala, 4,000

Nov. 12 – Lake Ogallala, Ogallala, 3,000

Dec. 20 – Birdwood WMA, North Platte, 4,000

Visit OutdoorNebraska.gov/fishing for more information on fishing in Nebraska.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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