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Just Go Fish!

I have spent my entire week answering the phone.  Almost every one of those calls was inquiring whether the spring, put & take trout had been stocked in one favorite waterbody or another.  I guess I understand, we have not published the exact dates of those stockings.  In the crazy coronavirus world we continue to live in, we do not want crowds gathering around stocking trucks.  So, the stocking schedule only says “The week of _______”.

I swear, if we had GPS trackers on our stocking trucks, there would be a convoy of vehicles following them around.

When the stockings are done, they are entered into our stocking database.  If you keep a close eye on that, you will know if they have been stocked or if the truck is still coming.  Oh, and again let me remind folks that when we publish a stocking schedule, it is only an estimate.  Things happen, things change, tires go flat, trucks break down, waters rise and fall.  Some stockings do not happen exactly when we thought they would.  Regardless, when the fish are stocked, they will be in the database.

Eric Fowler photo, NEBRASKAland Magazine.

However, I gotta tell you there is one thing I do not understand. . . . So many folks ask if such-and-such a place has been stocked with the trout yet; I look it up, tell ’em “no, not yet”.  Understandably they are disappointed, and then they say they are not going fishing until the stocking truck shows up.

What?  Are you kidding????!!!!!

You are like looking for excuses NOT to go fishing?

I don’t get it!

Guess what I mumble to myself after hanging up the phone?

(See title at the top of this blog.)


So what if the stocking truck has not delivered the spring, put & take trout?  Fish for some other species of fish.  Fish for trout that were stocked last fall.  Try a different body of water.  Whatever you do, JUST GO FISH!

Wanna know the best thing to do while passing the time waiting for the trout to be stocked?


Successful fishing is always about adapting and adjusting.  Try new waters, fish for different species, master new gear or a new presentation.  You may just find out that something is always biting.  Might learn something new.  You might even become a better angler!

What do you have to lose?  Some time spent. . . .



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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