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Rat and Beaver Lakes Aquatic Habitat Project to Begin

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has recently installed a temporary control structure below Rat and Beaver lakes located in Cherry County. This structure will allow the lakes to be lowered 18 inches over several months in preparation for a complete lake rehabilitation project.

Improvements to the boat launch area, a complete fish renovation, and installation of two fish barriers below Rat and Beaver lakes will be completed by late 2014 or early 2015.

Currently, the Rat and Beaver fishery is dominated by common carp. A complete fish renovation is required to restore a more productive sport fish fishery. Fish barriers will be installed below the lakes to prevent common carp movement up into the lakes. Anglers, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts should see improved water quality, increased aquatic vegetation, increased waterfowl usage and an improved fishery. Once the project is completed, bluegill, largemouth bass, yellow perch, and black crappie will be stocked in the lake.

The Rat and Beaver lakes project will be funded by the Nebraska Aquatic Habitat Stamp, which is included in the cost of every fishing permit.

For more information about this project, contact Zac Brashears at the Valentine State Fish Hatchery at 402-376-8080.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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