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Commission Will Consider Changes to Fishing, Wildlife Regulations

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will consider amendments to fishing and wildlife regulations at a meeting Oct. 23 in Fairbury. The meeting is set for 8 a.m. at Union Bank, 1313 K St.

There will be public hearings to consider:

— proposed changes to sport fishing regulations, which include bag, possession and length limits; black bass; walleye, sauger and saugeye; northern pike; panfish; bullheads; transportation and possession; archery fishing; set lines; border waters; and areas where it is unlawful to possess baitfish.

— proposed changes to commercial fishing regulations, including areas open on the Missouri River, reciprocal agreement with South Dakota, species, and sale of fish.

— proposed changes to regulations for fishing tournaments, derbies and contests.

— authorizing two multispecies Combo auction permits, which would be available to residents and nonresidents; and to consider moving the start of the application period for Super Tag and Combo multispecies lottery permits from the third Monday in April to Jan. 2.

— authorizing one bighorn sheep lottery permit for 2016.

— changing boundaries in duck zones 3 and 4 to provide better hunting opportunities for hunters in those areas.

The Commission also will consider the following proposals to increase concession lease fees and permit fees at state park areas; to approve a Niobrara River instream flow application; and to approve a 2016 Commission meeting schedule as follows: Jan. 15, Lincoln; March 4, DeSoto Bend; April 22, Chadron; June 10, Broken Bow; Aug. 18, Sidney; Oct. 21, Ponca.

Staff reports will be heard on big game, mountain lion research updates, and efforts to recruit, develop and retain hunters and anglers.

The Commission and the consulting firm EA Engineering of Lincoln will receive an American Council of Engineering Companies of Nebraska Aquatic Habitat Award for projects at Arnold Lake and Victoria Springs.

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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