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Got a couple of news items I want to spread the word on:

Iron Horse Park (i.e. North Platte I-80 Lake)

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – Iron Horse Park in North Platte will close temporarily throughout parts of the park for upgrades to angler access and other amenities.

Partial closure of Iron Horse Park, located south of the I-80 interchange at North Platte, will close temporarily for public access beginning March 3, 2022. The upgrades will include the development of five wooden fishing piers, a dock, kayak launch site, vegetation barriers and lighting fixtures.

The closures will be implemented at different areas of the park as construction progresses through this spring.

This project is funded by Nebraska Game and Park’s Aquatic Habitat and Angler Access Programs that are funded through the purchase of Aquatic Habitat Stamps and the Sportfish Restoration Program which is funded through purchases of fishing gear and licenses.

Eric Fowler photo. Nebraskaland Magazine.

Anglers may be surveyed at three Omaha-area lakes in 2022

For anglers, spring means one thing: fishing. For Nebraska Game and Parks, it means it’s time to survey anglers for information that assists in statewide fisheries management decisions.

Surveys will be conducted from April through October at three Omaha-area lakes: Prairie View, Lawrence Youngman and Zorinsky.

Clerks will interview anglers about a single day’s fishing effort, seeking details on what the angler caught, released and how much time they fished. They will interview anglers in-person at the lakes during daytime hours.

The data collected will be used to compile information about how quickly fish are caught, how many fish are caught and harvested, and angler demographics and behavior patterns, all of which informs Game and Parks fisheries management decisions.

“If you happen to be approached by a clerk this year, please take a few minutes to let them know about your fishing,” said Keith Hurley, fish and wildlife specialist for Game and Parks. “Your few minutes will go a long way in making your fishing even better down the road.”

This project aims to identify how anglers influence fish communities in the surveyed lakes and how these fish communities respond to angling.

The surveys will be conducted by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers through a partnership between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in the School of Natural Resources.

Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit photo.

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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