Water temperatures around the state are cooling down and that means the catchable-size (approximately 10 inches) rainbow trout can be stocked in a number of waters that can only support trout during the fall, winter and early spring.
LINCOLN, Neb. – Rainbow trout have been stocked in some southwest Nebraska waters to provide excellent fall fishing opportunities, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The stocked trout are approximately 10 inches in length.
On Sept. 29, Birdwood Wildlife Management Area at North Platte received 2,304 trout and Rock Creek Lake State Recreation Area near Parks received 2,280.
On Sept. 30, Humphrey Pond in Ogallala (1,800 trout), Barnett Park in McCook (1,000), Curtis Golf Course Pond (450), Arnold City Park Pond (850), and Bessey Pond (200) near Halsey were stocked.
(I know personally that those fish were stocked at the Bessey Fish Pond last Thursday; I ran into Hal Walker from our Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery just after he had stocked those fish).
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has released a tentative schedule for October rainbow trout stocking in the eastern half of the state.
The following schedule includes the number of trout to be stocked:
Sept. 29 – Crystal Cove Lake, South Sioux City, 4,250.
Week of Oct. 4 – Niobrara State Park (SP), 1,000; Qwest Lake, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, 2,500; Fremont Lake No. 2, 5,000; TaHaZouka Park, Norfolk, 1,500.
Oct. 9 – Holmes Lake, Lincoln, 4,000; Bowling Lake, Lincoln, 400.
Week of Oct. 12 – Standing Bear Lake, Omaha, 4,000; Auble Pond, Ord, 1,500; Weeping Water Pond, 1,500; Lake Halleck, Papillion, 1,200; David City Park West Pond, 600; Pawnee Park West Pond, Columbus, 1,500.
Week of Oct. 18 – Towl Park Pond, Omaha, 300; Hitchcock Park Pond, Omaha, 450; Steinhart Park Pond, Nebraska City, 1,200; Auburn Rotary Club Lake, 1,400; Heartwell Park Lake, Hastings, 900; Such’s Lake, Grand Island, 1,300; Standing Bear Lake, Omaha, 3,500.
Week of Oct. 25 – Benson Park Pond, Omaha, 1,050; Grove Lake, Royal, 1,500.
Elm Creek just east of Red Cloud was also stocked yesterday, October 5, as well as Qwest Lake at Mahoney State Park.
There are some fishing tips for these hatchery-reared, put & take rainbow trout in this previous blog post, https://barbsandbacklashes.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/spring-trout-stockings/ .
We do NOT stock these catchable trout so folks can fill their freezers. Yes, we expect and want these fish to be harvested, but the real reason we stock these fish in heavily-used urban and parks waters is so beginners have a chance to catch some fish. These trout are usually relatively easy to catch even as the waters cool and other species begin to slow down. So, there is the list, grab a kid and take ’em fishing!
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