This is not a big deal, will not affect very many folks, but as usual, I like to spread the word on these things:
Grove Trout Rearing Station closing temporarily to visitors
The Grove Trout Rearing Station near Royal, Nebraska, will be closed to visitors until further notice due to upcoming expected high air temperatures in the area.
Warm water stresses trout, which have experienced health issues as the water to the facility has warmed. Warm water holds less oxygen, which is crucial to trout production.
Additional stressors could further compromise fish health, prompting the decision to close visitation to this popular Antelope County destination.
“Game and Parks and the staff at the facility would like to thank the public for its cooperation and understanding,” said Greg Anderson, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Fisheries Division assistant administrator for fish production.
Grove, which produces and stocks approximately 110,000 trout a year, is one of five fish-production facilities in the state managed by the Game and Parks. Learn more at outdoornebraska.gov/hatcheries.
Please note that this has nothing to do with the trout fishing on the East Branch of Verdigre Creek near the trout rearing station. That stream is still “open”, still fishable, still full of trout. GO FISH! And, this will not impact our production of catchable, 10-inch trout from the trout rearing station. All we are doing is trying to reduce stress on those fish during this hottest portion of the year.