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Spalding Fish Bypass

I always say that every body of water in Nebraska is a vital resource and is important to Nebraska anglers.  Most of our rivers and streams are warm-water, prairie rivers and streams; they may not have trout and salmon swimming up and down them, but they do have a variety of fish species and are important resources.  Surprisingly, fish in some of those warm-water rivers and streams have some of the same challenges that folks are more commonly aware of when it comes to trout and salmon in more famous, cold-water rivers and streams.  Specifically, barriers, in most cases man-made barriers, limit fish movement on many of Nebraska’s warm-water rivers and streams.

I have blogged about this topic before, Fish Passageways in Nebraska? , World Fish Migration Day , but want to bring it up again to highlight a project that was completed recently on the Cedar River.  Best of all, our video guy here at Game & Parks, Ralph Wall, produced a video about the project:

Even better yet, this coming Sunday there is an open house so you can go see for yourself!

SpaldingFishByPassOpenHouseIf you can, check it out!  You will be impressed.

There will be a lot more challenges on a lot more rivers and streams, but the fish bypass at Spalding is a great example of what can be done, what is being done, to make “The Good Life” even better!

Photo courtesy of Travis Hazard of JEO engineering.

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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