LINCOLN, Neb. – Fish salvage has been authorized on the Platte River from Odessa bridge in Buffalo County downstream to its confluence with the Loup River in Platte County. Localized fish die-offs are occurring due to low water flows and high water temperatures.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will allow the harvest of stranded fish of all species – except pallid sturgeon – in that stretch of the Platte River beginning at Interstate 80 Exit 263 from July 13 through July 31. The salvage area does not include the north channel of the Platte River from Kearney to Shelton, which serves as a refuge and receives return flows from a canal.
Hook-and-line, snagging, hand fishing, legal minnow seines, legal dip or landing nets, spearing and archery are the only approved methods of harvest for this salvage. A Nebraska fishing permit is required. All daily bag limits will be maintained, but length limits will be rescinded for this area during this period. Salvaged fish must be consumed by humans and cannot be sold or used for stocking purposes into either public or private water bodies.
The extended weather forecast calls for air temperatures in the mid to upper 90s and limited chances of rain. Game and Parks will monitor conditions in other stretches of the river.