Waters are cooling and in most parts of the state they are cool enough that we can begin stocking catchable, 10-inch rainbow trout in a number of urban and parks waters across the state. Let me emphasize that the schedule I am about to give is tentative; it is the best of our knowledge at this time. In some cases I cannot tell you the exact day when the fish will be stocked because it depends on work schedules, equipment and other logistics. In a few cases stocking dates and times are given, but please keep in mind that a breakdown or some other unforeseen event could mean those schedules cannot be kept.
September 28, Crystal Cove in South Sioux City is scheduled to be stocked with 4,500 catchable-size trout.
The week of October 3 Niobrara State Park ponds will receive 1,000 trout; Qwest Lake at Mahoney State Park will receive 2,500 and Fremont Lake #2 will receive 4,500.
The week of October 11 Standing Bear Reservoir in Omaha will receive 4,000 of the catchable-size trout; Pawnee Park West Pond in Columbus will receive 1,500; Ord City Lake will receive 1,500; David City Pond will receive 600; Weeping Water Pond will receive 1,500; Benson Park Pond in Omaha will receive 1,050 fish; and Ansley City Pond will receive 1,200.
Saturday October 15 is your chance to show up and see the trout stocked. The tentative stocking schedule includes a stop at TaHaZouka in Norfolk when 1,500 fish will be stocked at approximately 10:15 a.m. On the same day there should be a truck show up to stock 400 fish at Bowling Lake in Lincoln at approximately 1:00 p.m. Halleck Park Pond in Papillion should receive 1,200 trout at about 1:15 p.m., and lastly 4,000 trout will be going into Holmes Lake in Lincoln at about 2:00 p.m.
The week of October 17 Towl Park Pond in Omaha will receive 300, 10-inch rainbow trout and Hitchcock Park Pond also in Omaha will receive 450 fish. Stockings will also occur at Heartwell Park in Hastings, 900 fish, Such’s Lake in Grand Island, 1,300 fish, and Standing Bear Reservoir in Omaha will receive another 4,000 fish.
The week of October 24 Steinhart Park Pond in Nebraska City will be stocked with 1,200 catchable rainbows; the Auburn Rotary Club Lake will receive 1,400 fish and Grove Lake near Royal will receive 1,500 catchable-size rainbows.
Lastly, in November, the middle lake at Crystal Springs near Fairbury will receive 1,000 catchable-size, 10-inch rainbow trout.
If you need some fishing tips and ideas, be sure to check out this, http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/blogs/2010/03/spring-trout-stockings/ .
Lastly let me say this: If you are going to take advantage of these fall put-&-take trout stockings, I believe it should be MANDATORY that you take a kid or someone who has not been fishing. We are NOT stocking these fish for a bunch of old, experienced anglers to go out and fill their freezers for the winter. The catchable trout are relatively easy to catch and they are being stocked in waters easily accessible to a lot of kids and beginning anglers; let us make sure those are the anglers who get the most enjoyment out of catching these fish!