Nebraska GPC Cautions Anglers Regarding Transport of Bait

Fishing activity is picking up, with some excellent results reported. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reminds anglers to heed fishing regulations when they are out enjoying the summer.

The following are a few specific reminders:

Cast nets – The use of cast nets in eastern Nebraska waters is prohibited. Cast nets are allowed on some waters of the state during some months. However, in one case, an angler used a cast net to capture gizzard shad from one eastern Nebraska reservoir, and then transported them alive to another reservoir where the use of all live baitfish is prohibited. The angler was using the shad to fish for channel catfish.  Click on the following quote to access the full story.

“The consequences of these actions could be detrimental to future angling if gizzard shad used as bait escape,” said Dean Rosenthal, Game and Parks’ Fisheries Division administrator. “Gizzard shad are very prolific and efficient filter feeders, and, when established in a small reservoir can out-compete many sportfish and ultimately cause the decline of the fishery.”

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