1,500 RAINBOW TROUT STOCKED IN WEBSTER COUNTYS ELM CREEK
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
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
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