Rainbow trout stockings scheduled this fall

October 4, 2021 Jerry Kane

LINCOLN, Neb. – Rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and state park and recreation area lakes across the state by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. These stockings will enhance fishing opportunities this fall and winter.

Cutthroat and tiger trout stockings also are scheduled for a select number of water bodies.

Stocking schedules can change on short notice for a variety of reasons. The following is a tentative rainbow trout stocking schedule, including quantities:

Week of Sept. 27 – Fort Robinson State Park ponds: Lower Ice House, 500; Middle Ice House, 250; Cherry Creek, 250; Grabel No. 2, 1,200; Grabel No. 3, 650

Week of Oct. 4 – Humphrey Pond, Ogallala – 600; Bridgeport State Recreation Area middle lake – 2,000; Laing Lake, Alliance – 1,500; Bridgeport SRA northwest lake – 1,400; Lake Carter P. Johnson, Fort Robinson SP – 2,500; Elm Creek, Webster County – 1,000

Week of Oct. 11 – Northwest: North Morrill pond – 2,250; Middle Morrill pond – 450; South Morrill pond – 400; Riverside Park Pond, Scottsbluff – 900

Southwest: Holdrege City Lake – 1,800; Fort Kearny SRA No. 6 – 1,080; Curtis golf course pond – 150; Oxford City Lake – 300

Northeast: Crystal Cove Lake, South Sioux City – 2,500; Ta-Ha-Zouka Park Lake, Norfolk – 1,500; Pawnee Park west pond, Columbus – 1,500; Fremont Lakes SRA No. 2 – 3,000; Niobrara State Park Pond – 750

Southeast: Fontenelle Park Pond, Omaha – 1,200; Benson Park Pond, Omaha – 1,050; Hanscom Park Pond, Omaha – 450; Towl Park Pond, Omaha – 300; Lake Halleck, Papillion – 1,200; Steinhart Park Pond, Nebraska City – 800; Weeping Water Park Pond – 1,500

Week of Oct. 18 – Southwest: Lake Helen, Gothenburg – 1,900; Windmill SRA No. 2, Gibbon – 540; Plum Creek Park Pond, Lexington – 675

Northeast: Grove Lake Wildlife Management Area, Royal – 1,500; Fremont Lakes SRA No. 2 – 500

Southeast: David City Park Pond – 600

Week of Oct. 25 – Northwest: Bessey Pond, Halsey – 600

Southwest: Birdwood WMA, North Platte – 2,500; Heartwell Park Lake, Hastings – 810; Suck’s Lake, Grand Island – 585; Ansley City Pond – 750; Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home pond, Kearney – 200

Northeast: Auble Pond, Ord – 1,000

Southeast: Wilber Reservoir No. 1 – 300; Bowling Lake (south pond), Lincoln – 400; Holmes Lake, Lincoln – 3,000; CenturyLink Lake, Eugene T. Mahoney SP – 1,500; Optimist Lake, Auburn – 800; Stanton Lake, Falls City – 200; Pawnee City Park Lake – 300; Humboldt City Park Lake – 600; Melham Park Lake, Broken Bow – 750

The Lake Ogallala fall rainbow trout stocking will take place in early November.

Game and Parks also stocked cutthroat trout the week of Sept. 27 at: White River, Fort Robinson SP – 750; Lake Carter P. Johnson, Fort Robinson SP – 950; Bridgeport SRA middle lake – 1,000; Alliance golf course pond – 300; Grove Lake WMA sandpit, Royal – 50.

Tiger trout, a hybrid of the brown trout and the brook trout, will be stocked the week of Oct. 11 at the Curtis golf course pond (300) and the week of Oct. 25 at Rock Creek Lake, Parks (1,000) and the Chadron State Park Pond (500).

Fishing for trout 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. Spinners, salmon eggs, dough baits and artificial flies also can catch trout.

If you are just getting into fishing, a helpful resource is Game and Parks’ Going Fishing Guide, available at OutdoorNebraska.gov/howtofish. For information on Fish Stocking, including the dates pf upcoming trout stocking, OutdoorNebraska.gov/fishstockingreports.

Visit OutdoorNebraska.gov/fishing for more information on fishing in Nebraska.

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