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Gavins Reminder

I know this has been publicized already, but I am going to put it out there again.  If you are still snagging paddlefish, everything is going to change on Monday, and you better know about it.  Especially note the last paragraph in this news release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

Gavins Point Dam spillway gate to undergo maintenance, some impact on anglers during paddlefish season expected


The maintenance will require water to flow from a single gate several times a day for 10-15 minutes at a time, and instances will vary daily. In addition, beginning Oct.19, work on generators will create the need to open spillway gates to maintain water flow to the Missouri River. During the generator maintenance, which includes replacing seals and upgrading an electronic control, the spillway gates will remain open 24 hours a day.

During the gate inspections, which will take place each week Monday – Thursday, the disruption to anglers below the spillway will be minimal. Though the gates will only be opened 10-15 minutes at a time and only enough to flush mud and debris from the gate, the water conditions below the open gate will be hazardous. During spillway flows, all vessels are required to move away from the gate that is open and spilling water.

“Remember that your safety is our concern but your responsibility. Play it safe on the river during paddlefish season”, said Karla Zeutenhorst, park ranger, Gavins Point Dam.

Beginning Oct. 19, when upgrades are scheduled for generators, multiple spillway gates will remain open 24 hours a day. This will likely continue through December. During this period, all vessels will be required to stay downstream of the restriction signs located on the north and south shoreline of the Missouri River.

Release no. 20-144

Eric Fowler photo. NEBRASKAland Magazine.

From what I have been seeing on the interwebs, paddlefish snagging season has been going well.  Anglers have caught some really nice fish.  Hopefully, the season finishes strong.  Good luck!


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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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