Johnson Named Superintendent at Lake McConaughy SRA
LINCOLN, Neb. – Colby Johnson is the new park superintendent at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area (SRA) effective Nov. 1.

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Colby Johnson

“I’m very excited,” Johnson said. “I look forward to coming back to Nebraska and working with the people of Keith County.”

Johnson was born in Ogallala and is a graduate of South Platte High School in Big Springs. He said he spent many days growing up fishing and boating at Lake McConaughy, the state’s largest reservoir.

Johnson has been the assistant golf course superintendent for the Campbell County Parks and Recreation Department in Gillette, Wyo., since May. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor of science degree in turfgrass and landscape management.

“We are confident Colby will do an excellent job as superintendent of Lake McConaughy SRA,” said Roger Kuhn, parks division administrator for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “Colby, being from the area, is familiar with the community and the lake, which will help to enhance good working relationships with our many partners in the area.

“Maintaining and improving Lake McConaughy as a major tourist attraction is a team effort, and Colby will be an asset to the team,” Kuhn said.

Lake McConaughy is host to nearly a million visitors a year.

Fall Trout Stockings Scheduled
LINCOLN, Neb. – Catchable-size trout are being stocked in bodies of water by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to enhance fishing opportunities this fall and winter.

Trout fishing is a great way to introduce children to fishing because simple equipment may be used. A spinning or spin-cast rod and reel with a hook baited with a worm will work well. Add a split shot a couple feet above the hook and a bobber a couple of feet above the split shot. Trout also can be caught with spinners, salmon eggs, dough baits and artificial flies.

The following stocking schedule includes tentative dates and the number of 10-inch trout to be stocked. All fish are rainbow trout, unless otherwise noted:
Sept. 25 – Gracie Creek Pond, 1,000

Week of Oct. 1 – Crystal Cove Lake, South Sioux City, 3,900
Oct. 2 – Standing Bear Lake, Omaha, 4,000
Oct. 3 – Curtis Golf Course Pond, 150; Bessey Pond, Halsey, 300
Oct. 4 – Oxford City Lake, 300; Elm Creek, 1,000

Week of Oct. 8 – Crystal Cove Lake, South Sioux City, 600
Oct. 10 – TaHaZouka Park Lake, Norfolk, 1,500
Oct. 13 – Holmes Lake, Lincoln, 4,000; Bowling Lake (south pond), Lincoln, 400
Oct. 15 – Barnett Park Pond, McCook, 1,000; Lexington City Park, 750; Windmill State Recreation Area (SRA), Gibbon, 2,400

Week of Oct. 15 – Pawnee Park West Pond, Columbus, 1,500; Ord City Lake, 1,500; Ansley Lake, 1,200; David City Lake, 600; CenturyLink Lake, Mahoney State Park (SP), 2,500; Steinhart Pond, Nebraska City, 1,200; Lake Halleck, Papillion, 1,200; Weeping Water Pond, 1,500; Benson Park Pond, Omaha, 1,050; Hartwell Lake, Hastings, 900; Such’s Lake, Grand Island, 1,300; Stanton Lake, Falls City, 200; Pawnee City Pond, 300; Humboldt City Park Lake, 600; Auburn Rotary Club Lake, 1,400
Oct. 16 – Holdrege City Park, 3,000
Oct. 17 – Dismal River, north branch, 500 brown trout; White River, 750 brown trout
Oct. 18 – Grabel Ponds Nos. 1-3, Fort Robinson SP, 800 each; Carter P. Johnson Lake, 1,700
Oct. 19 – Morrill Sandpits: south, 400; north, 1,350; middle, 450; Bridgeport SRA northwest lake, 1,400; Riverside Zoo, Scottsbluff, 900
Oct. 22 – Birdwood Wildlife Management Area, North Platte, 4,000

Week of Oct. 22 – Towl Park Pond, Omaha, 300; Hitchcock Park Pond, Omaha, 450
Oct. 24 – Lake Ogallala, 4,100; Humphrey Pond, Ogallala, 900
Oct. 25 – Lake Ogallala, 5,000
Oct. 26 – Rock Creek Lake, 1,500 rainbow and 1,500 brown trout

Fremont SRA Lake No. 2 and Grove Lake will be stocked with 5,000 and 1,500 trout, respectively, at dates to be determined. Crystal Springs Lakes at Fairbury will receive 1,000 trout in November.
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