David City fishermen can expect to catch-and-release bass and bluegill in the coming months at David City Park Pond.
Bass and Bluegill to Arrive Soon in David City Park Pond
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to restock the pond with bass and bluegill in September.
“The fish that are desirable – bass, bluegill – have kind of died back over the years because of lack of attention. It’s just a natural occurrence; They won’t reproduce enough to replace themselves. We just need to build it back up,” Game and Parks Commission Aquatic Education Specialist Larry Pape said.
The restocking will not cost the City anything, Pape noted.
“This is something that the Game and Parks Commission does because these are a public resource,” Pape said. “These fish are all paid for by fishing permit dollars. So, people who buy fishing permits are the ones who pay for this service.”
Zavodny said the commission came and took a look at the pond earlier this summer.
“Initially they thought they were going to have to put chemical in and just kill and restart it. But I think they feel that if we stock with bass, they will feed on the bullheads and actually be able to take care of it naturally,” Zavodny said.
“I had stocked bass and bluegill in 2014,” Pape said. “We’ve stocked trout and catfish on an annual basis, every year for the past 20 years, basically.”
Sometimes, he said, a pond is big enough that bass and bluegill will reproduce enough on their own, but the pond at David City Park just isn’t one of those. In September, Pape said he plans to move adult bass and bluegill to the pond from a resource near Lincoln.
“For the next three years, for sure, we’re going to be stocking bass and bluegill fingerlings or fry, whichever, in like July. In case those fish don’t do enough reproduction, we’re just going to put some that we have from our hatchery system and those usually come in July,” Pape said.
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