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. 11 – Crystal Cove Lake, South Sioux City, 4,250
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; Weeping Water Pond, Weeping Water, 1,500; Holdrege City Lake, 2,000 trout; Fort Kearny State Recreation Area (SRA) No. 6, Kearney, 1,200, trout; and Windmill SRA No. 2, Gibbon, 600 trout
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