We have five state fish hatcheries in Nebraska.  In any given year those hatcheries will produce over 30 million fish, around 30 different species, and those fish will be stocked literally from one corner of the state to the other.  More than 250 public waterbodies will be stocked each year.  If you are interested in what is stocked where, when and how many, you can see all of our fish stocking database.  By the way, that database includes fish stockings that go back almost a hundred years.

Once those fish have been raised and are ready to stock, there is a lot of hauling to get done.  Every one of our hatchery facilities has a variety of hauling tanks and vehicles to accomplish that job, some big and some small.  As we have been replacing some our our largest hauling tanks, we have been giving them attractive decal coverings that should make them hard to miss!  Keep your eyes open, you likely will see one of these trucks on the road, and they may be on their way to your favorite fishing hole!

Calamus 5th wheel
Eric Fowler photo. NEBRASKAland Magazine.

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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