It’s time to go back to trout fishing in Nebraska. Rainbow trout are stocked in city ponds and lakes across the state in March to improve fishing opportunities this spring, especially in urban areas.
Additionally, Two Rivers State Recreation Area Trout Lake in Douglas County will open on March 12. By then, over 12,000 rainbow and tiger trout will have been stocked in the lake.
All trout caught in Trout Lake must be harvested and not released. Anglers must first purchase a daily trout tag from the park office for $6. Each tag is good for a daily bag limit of four trout. A person can have up to three tags per day and 12 trout in their possession. An adult angler can have two children under the age of 16 fishing under the authority of their beacon, but the group bag limit is still limited to four trout per beacon.
Trout Lake (Lake #5) will be open from 7 a.m. to sunset each day. Anglers, except residents under 16, must have a Nebraska fishing license. All vehicles entering the park must have a park entry permit. Anglers who own trout on any other lake in Two Rivers must also have a trout tag. Anglers will be allowed to use one rod and one reel each.
Trout fishing is a great way to introduce children to fishing as simple and inexpensive tackle can be used.
“Rainbow trout are especially good for new anglers because they bite easily on anything, including corn, bits of bread or worms, and are easy and safe to handle,” Larry said. Pape, aquatic education specialist at Nebraska Game and Parks. Committee. “You can use a simple spin-cast combo or a spinning rod and have a fun day catching trout.”
For resources to help beginners or even experienced anglers, visit outdoornebraska.gov/howtofish.
Here is a schedule of tiger and rainbow trout stockings for this spring, including quantities. Dates may change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances:
March 14 – Fremont Lakes SRA No. 2, 900; Fremont Lakes SRA #2, 4,100
March 15 – Bridgeport SRA Middle Lake, 2,000; Bridgeport SRA Northwest Lake, 1400; Humboldt City Park Lake, 350; Pawnee Town Pond, 300; Rotary Club Lake, Auburn, 800; Lake Stanton, City of Falls, 200; Lake Halleck, Butterfly, 1,200; Weeping Water Pool, 1,500; CenturyLink Lake, Eugene T. Mahoney SP, 2,500
March 16 – Fort Kearny SRA No. 6, Kearney, 1,200; SRA Windmill No. 2, Gibbon, 600; Holdrege City Lake, 1,000; Steinhart Park East Pond, Nebraska City, 800; Louisville SRA 1A, 600; Lake Heartwell Park, Hastings, 450; Such is the lake, Grand Island, 650
March 17 – Pond Ponca SP, 750; Pond Niobrara SP, 600; Auble pond, Ord, 750
March 18 – Ponca State Park, 750; Geneva pond, 300
March 19 – Ta-Ha-Zouka Park Lake, Norfolk, 1500 (9 a.m. Central); Pawnee Park West Lake, Columbus, 1,500 (10 a.m.); Neligh Park Pond, West Point, 900 (11 a.m.); Holmes Lake, Lincoln, 4,000 (12:30 p.m.)
March 21 – Terry’s Pit, Terrytown, 1,500; Riverside Park Pond, Scottsbluff, 900; Rock Creek Lake, Parks, 500; David City Park West Pond, 600
March 22 – Two Rivers SRA No. 5 (Trout Lake), 3,500; Bridgeport SRA Middle Lake, 2,000; Bridgeport SRA Northwest Lake, 1,400
March 28 – North Morrill Pond, 2,250; Middle Morrill Pond, 450
March 29 – Oxford City Lake, 150; Lake Helen, Gothenburg, 2,000; Plum Creek Park Lake, Lexington, 750
Additional rainbow trout stockings in March depending on weather and weather – East Branch of Verdigre Creek, 600; Elm Creek, Elm Creek Wildlife Management Area, 1,000; Two Rivers SRA Lake No. 5 (Trout Lake), 10,500; Grove Lake WMA Sandbox, Royal, 75; Gracie Creek Pond, 500
Here is a list of rainbow trout stocks in April weather and weather permitting –
east branch of Verdigre Creek, 1,000; Two Rivers SRA Lake No. 5 (Trout Lake), 10,500; Keller Park SRA No. 4, 250; Keller Park SRA No. 5, 400; Sand Springs, Plum Creek Valley WMA, 400; Lake Ogallala, 12,000; Lake Carter P. Johnson, Fort Robinson SP, 2,500; Pond Gilbert-Baker WMA, 600; Birdwood WMA, North Platte, 1,000; Gracie Creek Pond, 1,000
North reservoir of the town of Chadron, 1,700; Chadron City Reservoir South, 1,700; Chadron SP Pond, 500; North Morrill Pond, 2,250; Middle Morrill Pond, 450; Riverside Park Pond, Scottsbluff, 900; Bridgeport SRA Northwest Lake, 1400; Terry’s pit, Terrytown, 1,500; South Grabel Pond 2, Fort Robinson SP, 1,200; Middle Grabel Pond, Fort Robinson SP, 600; Cherry Creek Diversion Pond, Fort Robinson SP, 250; Rock Creek Lake, Parks, 1,500
For more information about online stocking, including upcoming trout stocking dates, visit outdoorNebraska.gov/