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Trout Stocked for Spring Fishing
Break out your fishing gear and get outside for your first taste of early season fishing!
Spring has finally arrived, and to whet your appetite for the fishing season that lies ahead, Nebraska Game and Parks will soon be stocking 10-inch rainbow trout in 16 eastern and central Nebraska locations, providing you with a great opportunity to do some early season fishing.
These trout stockings are in addition to our regular stocking activities, which take place all across the state during late fall, winter and early spring. Information on trout stockings, as well as stockings of all other species, is available through the fish stocking report on our website.
Trout fishing is a great family activity, so be sure to include anglers of all ages in your fishing party. Kids, especially, will enjoy fishing for trout because they are relatively easy to catch and respond to a variety of baits. Popular options include marshmallows, corn and nightcrawlers, but artificial flies and small spinners can also be used. Tackle need not be fancy - a basic rod and reel or cane pole will work great, or you can even try your hand at using a fly rod.
Recent and upcoming locations and dates for this year's spring trout stocking (weather permitting) include:
Niobrara State Park Pond - 1,000 fish
Qwest Lake at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park - 1,800 fish
Windmill State Rec. Area near Gibbon (Lake 1) - 2,000 fish
Holdrege City Park Lake - 1,500 fish
Ord City Pond - 1,300 fish
Weeping Water Lake - 1,200 fish
Fremont State Recreation Area (Lake No. 5) - 4,250 fish
Auburn Fairgrounds Pond - 1,400 fish
March 28 (times are plus or minus 30 minutes):
TaHaZouka Park Lake in Norfolk - 1,500 fish at 9:30 a.m.
Such's Lake in Grand Island - 650 fish at 10:30 a.m.
Lake Halleck in Papillion - 1,200 fish at 11:00 a.m.
Holmes Lake in Lincoln - 3,000 fish at 11:00 a.m.
Barnett Park Pond in McCook - 1,000 fish at 11:00 a.m.
Pawnee Park East Pond in Columbus - 1,500 fish at 11:15 a.m.
Heartwell Park in Hastings - 450 fish at 11:45 a.m.
Lexington City Park Lake - 750 fish at 12:30 a.m.
Steinhart Park Pond in Nebraska City - 1,200 fish at 1:00 p.m.
If you are 16 years or older, you'll need a 2009 Nebraska Fishing permit. Click here to buy yours online. Headed for a Nebraska State Park or Recreation Area? You'll need a 2009 Nebraska State Park Permit, which can also be purchased online.
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