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Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recently stocked 1,500 10-inch rainbow trout in Elm Creek east of Red Cloud, providing a unique trout fishing opportunity in the south-central part of the state.

The majority of 22 mile-long Elm Creek flows through private land and permission is required to fish it, but Elm Creek Wildlife Management Area, approximately three miles north of where the stream crosses Highway 136, provides public access to about one mile of the stream. The public portion of the stream is about 8-feet wide and is suitable for fly and spinner fishing.

Brad Newcomb, the Commissions District VI fisheries supervisor, says Elm Creek, a tributary stream of the Republican River, contains water with sufficient quality to support trout and receives stockings in March and September each year.

Unfortunately, Elm Creeks watershed is very large and heavy rains and runoff sometimes cause the streams water level to rise more than four feet and carry heavy loads of silt, which impair valuable trout habitat and cause most trout to move downstream out of Elm Creek.

Newcomb said to reduce impacts of runoff, trout habitat improvement structures have been placed at three sites on the stream, including at the Elm Creek WMA.

For more information about trout management on Elm Creek, please contact the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission District Office in Kearney (308-865-5310).




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