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All About Trout and Taking Kids Fishing

Spring pan-sized rainbow trout stockings are underway in Nebraska already with the Two Rivers State Recreation Area Trout Lake near Waterloo, NE receiving fish! Many more water bodies around the state will be getting trout (like the one below) very soon!


And, the stockings are just in time for some decent weather for wetting a line with your kids! I’ll be fishing later this week at the Two Rivers Trout Lake with my 16 year-old, high school sophomore Son Noah who’s on Spring break. He can’t wait to go and neither can I!




It’s turned into a tradition for us. If you’re wondering, these are photos from last year about this time. It doesn’t take fancy tackle to catch these hearty, colorful trout either. Here’s our recipe for success.



Take advantage of the trout stockings by taking a kid fishing! They (and you) will be glad you did!


About Greg Wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media sites, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!


  1. Mr. Wagner, I haven’t seen one of them style stringers since… well, LAST CENTURY! Ha!

    I won’t pick on you for your aberdeen hook and splitshot choice for terminal tackle since the troot (my name for hatchery raised “dumb fish”) ARE stocked “to be taken”.

    But when fishing with kids with the intent to release fish ALIVE, it has been documented that using a small jighead in place of the thin hook/splitshot provides a greater rate of fish survival WITHOUT affecting the catch rate! They just don’t swallow the jighead!

    While recognizing that fish mortality IS a “part of fishing”, I prefer to attempt to avoid the visual of bleeding/floating fish distracting the kids. Especially during our Outdoor Discovery and Family Fishing events!

    Great blog, excellent pictures- as usual! The kids “out here” are patiently waiting for the troot stockings! Hopefully, they’ll take a grown-up with ’em!

    Harold F.

    • Harold,

      I always appreciate your comments and friendly, sage fishing advice! Thanks for sharing that wealth of angling info you have and for being a volunteer in our various Game and Parks fishing programs!

      You can sure tell that I’m pretty simple and ‘old school’ when it comes to catching and keeping trout at Two Rivers, can’t you? HA!

      Thanks again, and tell everybody to get ready for those rainbows!

      “Wags” — Greg Wagner

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