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Boat Ramp News for Labor Day

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Some of you are going to want to know the status of these boat ramps for this weekend: Low water causes boating issues at Panhandle reservoirs It’s been a hot, dry summer, and boaters visiting Lake Minatare and Box Butte state recreation areas may find launching and loading boats to be a challenge in coming weeks. Because of low water levels, the docks have reached the end of their track systems, making them unusable until the water rises sometime after …

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The McConaughy Goby Incident

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Some of you will know the story I am about to tell.  It played out on the interwebs earlier this summer.  At the time, it was difficult to get all the information and understand what was really happening.  Things have settled now and we know more, so let me recount the incident. . . . Once upon a time, someone was walking the shores of Lake McConaughy and came upon some unidentified fish.  They looked like this (I can show …

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Walleye fry stocking completed at Lake McConaughy

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has completed stocking over 26 million walleye fry in the North Platte River above the reservoir and upper portion of Lake McConaughy. To help increase survival, most fry were stocked from a boat to distribute them into areas with adequate food resources and fewer predators. Beginning in mid-June, an additional 1.5 million walleye fingerlings with an average length between 1.25- to 1.5-inches will be stocked. A portion of those walleye fingerlings will be raised …

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Lakes Mac and Ogallala enter second season of reservation requirement

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Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala state recreation areas are entering their second peak season May 20 to Sept. 11 when reservations are required for all camping, including beach sites. Campers should book their reservation at the two state recreation areas before leaving home. Reservations can be made online at NebraskaStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com, via the mobile app RA Camping, or by phone at 308-284-8800 during business hours. “Last year, guests reported being able to enjoy family-friendly camping experiences and days at the beach, while …

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Walleye egg collections begins; dam, breakwater to close at rec areas

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Fisheries staff at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission again will capture spawning walleyes at Sherman Reservoir, Merritt Reservoir and Lake McConaughy to collect eggs to meet stocking requests. As of April 1, a designated area along the dam at Sherman is closed to bank anglers and boats following sunset. The collection there will begin the night of April 1. Crews will begin collections at Merritt on or near April 6 and finish at McConaughy likely the following week. Access …

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Martin Bay access closed for road improvements at Lake Mac

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Access to Martin Bay at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area is temporarily closed effective March 31 for an asphalt road improvement project. Walleye spawn anglers should anticipate parking on the south end of the dam during the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed in late May prior to the Memorial Day holiday. The Martin Bay intersection at Highway 61 was closed the morning of March 31 so Martin Bay Recreation Road can get an asphalt overlay. …

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More Angler Surveys

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I need to spread the word on this too, and looking at the calendar, I need to do it now! Two angler creel surveys to begin at Lake McConaughy in April It’s the time of year for Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to survey Lake McConaughy anglers for information that assists in statewide fisheries management decisions. Two surveys will be conducted at the state recreation area starting April 1: 1. A daytime survey will take place April through October with …

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Public informational meeting March 29 to discuss walleye at Lake McConaughy

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Anyone interested in walleye fishing at Lake McConaughy is invited to a public informational meeting March 29 at the lake, where the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will discuss fisheries research, changes in stocking and angler surveys. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Mountain time at the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center. This session will provide a chance for questions, dialogue and feedback. Game and Parks’ recent meetings at the lake with anglers and concessionaires focused on the agency’s 2022 walleye …

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Anglers must be aware of fishing regulation changes for 2022

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers must be aware of fishing regulation changes that take effect Jan. 1, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The changes are: Black Bass – The area where no minimum length limit on smallmouth bass is required has expanded to the Nebraska Public Power District Canal starting at the Sutherland Reservoir outlet to the confluence with the South Platte River in Lincoln County; this includes Lake Maloney. Bufflehead Wildlife Management Area and David City Ponds …

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Lake McConaughy fisheries improvements continue

LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is implementing a three-pronged approach to improve walleye fishing at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area. These efforts aim to balance the needs and concerns of anglers with successful management of the lake resource. Game and Parks will contract with the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to design and conduct an angler survey in 2022 and 2023. Anglers will be asked about the number of …

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