LINCOLN – The elimination of the fish population at Independence Landing in Seward is scheduled for Feb. 2-3 as part of a renovation project by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The chemical rotenone will be applied to kill the fish in the 2-acre pond. The goal is to remove unwanted fish species, such as carp and bullhead, which entered the pond through flooding of the Big Blue River in 2014. These fish species are undesirable because they cause turbid water by disturbing pond sediments, they displace and destroy aquatic vegetation, and they take up space and resources that could be used by desirable species.
The pond will be restocked beginning in the spring with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. Rainbow trout will be stocked for winter fishing.