I don’t know how many of my readers are actually Nebraska fishermen/women… but this is big news in my book. Even if it is a couple days old…
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission:
Game and Parks Announces Spring Trout Stocking Schedule
March 6, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will stock catchable-size rainbow trout in several city ponds and lakes across the state this month.
The schedule, subject to change depending on conditions, includes date, location, approximate time of stocking, and quantity:
March 13 – Niobrara State Park (SP), 11:30 a.m., 750 trout
March 14 – CenturyLink Lake, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, 2,250; Fort Kearny State Recreation Area (SRA), 600; Windmill SRA No. 2, Gibbon, 300; Holdrege City Park, 1,400; Auble Pond, Ord, 700
March 15 – Auburn Rotary Club Lake, 1,300; Fremont SRA No. 2, 4,000
March 16 – TaHaZouka Park, Norfolk, 9:30 a.m., 1,400; Barnett Park, McCook, 10 a.m., 1,000; Ponca SP, 10:45 a.m., 900; Lake Halleck, Papillion, 11 a.m., 1,000; Pawnee Park West, Columbus, 11 a.m., 1,400; Curtis Golf Course, 11 a.m., 150; Holmes Lake, Lincoln, 11:30 a.m., 3,000; Steinhart Park, Nebraska City, 12:30 p.m., 1,000; Lexington City Park, 12:30 p.m., 750; Heartwell Park, Hastings, 2 p.m., 450
March 18 – Stanton Lake, Falls City, 200; Pawnee City Pond, 300; Humboldt City Park Lake, 350
Week of March 18 – Bridgeport SRA northwest, 1,400; Morrill sandpits: north, 1,350, middle, 450; Scottsbluff Zoo Pond, 900; Lake Ogallala, 2,000 (8,000 stocked on March 5); Terry’s Pit, Terrytown, 1,500; Elm Creek, 1,000; Ponca SP, 500; Fremont No. 2, 750
Trout fishing is an excellent activity for children and families, requiring only a basic rod and reel, hook, worm, and bobber. Small spinners and prepared baits also work well.
All anglers fishing in Nebraska, except residents under age 16, must have a fishing license. A park entry permit is required for each vehicle entering state parks, recreation areas and historical parks.
Now stocker trout are no wild trout. They are not too tough to catch; nor are they that smart. But they still are fun; especially when there is not good trout fishing within a couple hour drive.
And the spring trout stocking ussualy signals the start of open water fishing. Last year I got skunked on the spring trout stocking, but it was still fun chasing after them.
See you on the banks of Holmes Lake around noon Saturday!