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Ice Fishing Guide - Finding Fish

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Trout

An added dimension to ice fishing can be found in western Nebraska, where several public lakes and ponds and some private waters hold trout, mostly browns and rainbows, willing to take a bait or lure through the ice.

Among Nebraska's public trout-fishing lakes are Oliver Reservoir, Chadron City Reservoir, and Lake Ogallala. Ice fishing for trout has been growing in popularity in the west in recent years.

Trout anglers use a variety of gear and techniques. Some put out tip-ups while others use jigging poles. Some standard warm-weather trout baits such as salmon eggs, marshmallows, cheese and worms work well. Minnows also produce, but are prohibited on Oliver Reservoir. Jigging artificials is perhaps a more exciting way of taking trout and is also quite productive.

Favorite lures include the Swedish Pimple and other special ice-fishing lures, as well as standard spoons, spinners and other hardware used by open-water anglers. These artificials can be used by themselves or can be sweetened with worms, salmon eggs or other bait.

To provide anglers the opportunity to take trout from lakes that do not normally sustain cold-water populations, rainbow trout are stocked in several eastern Nebraska lakes, such as Holmes Lake in Lincoln, Standing Bear Lake in Omaha and U S West Lake at Mahoney State Park near Ashland. For current information on winter trout stockings, contact the Fisheries Division at the Game and Parks Commission headquarters in Lincoln.

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