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Fall Trout Stockings by whitetips
October 6, 2010, 10:37 am
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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.

Here are some news releases on the scheduled stockings.

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, .

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!


Frog Migration by whitetips
September 27, 2010, 10:21 am
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I am sure you know that there are many species of birds that migrate through Nebraska; we also have butterflies that migrate, bats, fish, etc.  But you may never have realized that we have amphibian migrations as well, and if you like to catch fish in the fall, you need to be aware of the fall leopard frog migration.

I am not a herpetologist, so I am no expert when it comes to Nebraska’s amphibians and reptiles.  Most of what I know comes from this website, , and the recently published Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Nebraska, .  I have noticed more leopard frogs around the state this year and I believe that might be due to the increased precipitation and higher water levels we have had the past couple of years.  Nebraska actually has two species of leopard frog; the northern leopard frog,

and the plains leopard frog.

Obviously there are subtle differences between the two species, and if you are interested in distinguishing characteristics be sure to get the field guide that I recommended earlier.  From what I have read, the two species can hybridize as well which makes specific identification even more of a challenge.

The fish do not care.

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While I am away . . . September 21, 2010 by whitetips
September 21, 2010, 10:40 am
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I am out of the office on an adventure; not sure when I will be back and give you the full report.  It should be in the next day or two.

Until then might I remind you that we are entering one of the best times of year to catch fish, especially big fish.  I love fall fishing.  I know there are a lot of other outdoor activities in the fall, not the least of which is hunting, and I love doing that too.  But, if you are not mixing in at least a little fishing with your hunting in the next few weeks, you are making a huge mistake.  Really though, I do not care if you miss out or not, it just means more water/more fish for me!  Seriously, the lack of competition and activity on our waters is one of the reasons fall fishing can be so productive.

If I have piqued your interest, take a look back at this blog post from last fall, .  That will have to tide you over until I get back.

It is on!

Weekend Update by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
November 23, 2009, 1:04 pm
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This is going to be a short week, but I want to get some short posts up here before the Thanksgiving holiday.

First of all, here is a little rundown on my weekend.  We have 3 oak trees in our yard and they produce an incredible amount of leaves.  So there was some of this over the weekend,

Just one of the piles of leaves. Actually this pile grew to the size of a Volkswagen before we mulched it down and bagged it.

My family did most of the leaf work this year.  I got in on just a little bit of it.  Thanks family!

And then the kids and I went to the Husker game Saturday night.

Yep, that’s me in the red & white coveralls!  I live and die Husker football, probably a little more passionately than I should sometimes (8 turnovers against Iowa State was more than I could stand!).  It sure was nice to see the Blackshirts send the kitty cats back to Kansas with their 3 points!  I was a little “horse” on Sunday!  “DEEE–FENCE”, “SUUUUUUUUUUUUUH”!

Oh, and no, I am not done fishing for the fall yet.

She took a neutrally-buoyant crankbait, fished S-L-OW, sitting still more than it was moving.  I am guessing she was right around 4 pounds.  Largemouth bass in 49 degree F water fight about like an old shoe, but anytime I scratch a fish this late in the fall it is great!  We do not have ice yet, so I am planning to do a little more open-water fishing before I give up this fall.  Stay tuned . . .

More odds and ends by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
November 6, 2009, 1:00 pm
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A few weeks ago I mentioned Greg Wagner’s radion show, .  We also have a weekly radio show on 1480 ESPN radion here in Lincoln, .  I am planning to be on that show this Saturday morning, 7:00-8:00 a.m., and will try to be there the first Saturday every month.  We take calls!  If you have some fish or fishing topics you want to discuss, call in, please.

Tentatively we have a discussion topic that we could have some fun with–5 items that anglers do NOT need.  We will discuss that on the radio on Saturday and then I will try to remember to bring some of that here.


I found another blog this week that deals directly with fishing in Nebraska, .  Check it out sometime, go back in the archives, there is some great stuff there (the blog post made on June 21, 2009 will make you think).


We finally have a break in the weather and have a drying and warming trend going!  I know it is now November, but it ain’t too late to take advantage of some fall fishing!  I know, I know, a lot of folks have already shifted to hunting mode, but think about throwing the fishing rod in–slip in some pond bass fishing after chasing pheasants, slip off to a trout stream in between your morning and evening on the deer stand, throw out the decoys in the morning and then spend an afternoon vertically jigging for some walleyes.

My kids and I still did well on some big bluegills and small largemouth bass last weekend.  Sunny afternoons will pull those fish towards shallow water for some late fall feeding activity.

Some of the best fishing reports I have heard recently have been from some of our big reservoirs.  Anglers are vertically jigging with jigs and minnows (try substituting some GULP Alive! shiners for the minnows) or they are vertically jigging with a variety of spoons (e.g. Fergie Special, Rattle Snakie).  In the same situation try vertical jigging with some blade baits (e.g. Heddon Sonars, Silver Buddies) or tail-spinners (e.g. Lytle’s Secret Tailspinner).


It is not the clearest picture, but here is my dad as an example of an afternoon pheasant hunt topped off with a nice evening bass!


You call this fall? by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
October 14, 2009, 4:19 pm
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I spent the weekend “out west”, west of Lincoln that is.  We spent time with family in North Platte.  My sister and her kids from Montana met us there at Mom and Dad’s and of course my nephews, son, father and I expected to do some fishing.

Apparently we should have arrived a day earlier because the weather was relatively nice then and my youngest nephew caught the nicest fish of the trip.

Caleb with his nice canal smallmouth.  Way to go Caleb!

Caleb with his nice canal smallmouth. Way to go Caleb!

That fish was big enough to qualify for a Nebraska Master Angler Award, right at 18 inches, and you are dying to know–it was caught on a Road-Runner. Continue reading

Fall Trout Stockings by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
October 9, 2009, 9:00 am
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This has been published in several other places.  But in case you have not seen it . . .

Rainbow Trout to Be Stocked This Fall
Friday, October 2, 2009 at 4:43pm
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will stock 9- to 10- inch (catchable) rainbow trout in many bodies of water across the state this fall to provide anglers a fishing opportunity through winter.