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Rainbow trout stockings scheduled this fall

LINCOLN – 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. Trout also can be caught with spinners, salmon eggs, dough baits and artificial flies.

The stockings began Sept. 28 with 1,400 trout put in the northwest pit at Bridgeport State Recreation Area (SRA), 900 stocked in the Scottsbluff Zoo Pond, and 1,500 put in Rock Creek SRA Lake.

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

Oct. 3 – Grabel Ponds Nos. 1, 2 and 3, Fort Robinson State Park (SP), Crawford, 2,400 trout; Gilbert-Baker Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Pond, Harrison, 600

Oct. 5 – Morrill Ponds, Morrill: north, 1,350; middle, 450; south, 400

Oct. 6 – Holdrege City Lake, Holdrege, 2,000; Windmill SRA Lake No. 2, Gibbon, 600; Fort Kearny SRA Lake No. 6, Kearney, 1,200

Oct. 11 – Crystal Cove Lake, South Sioux City, 4,250

Oct. 12 – Fremont SRA Lake No. 2, Fremont, 4,750; Oxford City Lake, Oxford, 300; Elm Creek, Red Cloud, 1,000; Lexington City Lake, Lexington, 750

Oct. 13 – Holmes Lake, Lincoln, 3,000; Bowling Lake, south pond, Lincoln, 400

Oct. 14 – Carter P. Johnson Lake, Fort Robinson SP, Crawford, 2,500

Oct. 17 – CenturyLink Lake, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Ashland, 1,500; Lake Halleck, Papillion, 1,200; David City Park Pond West, David City, 600

Oct. 18 – Standing Bear Lake, Omaha, 4,000; Niobrara SP Ponds, Niobrara, 750; Curtis Golf Course Pond, Curtis, 150; Birdwood WMA, North Platte, 4,000

Oct. 19 – TaHaZouka Park Lake, Norfolk, 1,500; Pawnee Pond West, Columbus, 1,500

Oct. 20 – Standing Bear Lake, Omaha, 3,250; Hitchcock Park Pond, Omaha, 450; Towl Park Pond, 300

Oct. 24 – Fort Kearny SRA Lake No. 6, Kearney, 120; Holdrege City Lake, Holdrege, 200; Windmill SRA Lake No. 2, Gibbon, 60; Such’s Lake, Grand Island, 650; Heartwell Park Lake, Hastings, 900; Independence Landing, Seward, 600

Oct. 25 – Grove Lake, Royal, 1,250; Steinhart Park Ponds, Nebraska City, 1,200; Fairgrounds Lake, Auburn, 800; Stanton Lake, Falls City, 200; Humboldt City Park Lake, Humboldt, 600; Pawnee City Park Lake, Pawnee City, 300; Benson Park Pond, Omaha, 1,050; Weeping Water Pond, Weeping Water, 1,500

Oct. 26 – Ord City Lake, Ord, 1,500; Melham Park Lake, Broken Bow, 1,200; Ansley City Lake, Ansley, 1,200

Oct. 27 – Gracie Creek Pond, Burwell, 1,000

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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