John Wallin was ready and waiting well before the pickup pulled up to the water at Heartwell Park with a tank full of trout.
As the 54-year-old Hastings man with a long, gray beard cast from the island Saturday morning using a couple different poles, country music drifted across the mostly empty park from a small speaker on top of Wallin’s old Silverado in the parking lot.
Wallin, who has fished since he was a small boy, said he fishes at Heartwell Park 10 to 15 times a year.
“It just depends,” he said. “I fish all over the place.”
Just before 10 a.m., Brett Brunken, fish production manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, drove to a spot southwest of the California Avenue bridge with 450 rainbow trout — 385 10 1/2 inch Shasta and 65 12 1/2 inch Arlee — from the Grove Trout Rearing Station near Royal, which is 150 miles away.