Monday, July 17, 2017
Nebraska: GPC Cautions Anglers Regarding Transport of Bait
LINCOLN, Neb. – 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.
"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."
Transporting fish – Transporting fish in water obtained from one water body to another has the potential to move many types of aquatic invasive species (AIS). It is unlawful to arrive at or leave any water body with any water other than that from a domestic source.
Clean, Drain and Dry – Game and Parks recommends that anglers "Clean, Drain and Dry" their boats before each launching to help prevent the spread of AIS.
Anglers are encouraged to become familiar with the regulations published in the 2017 Fishing Guide to ensure compliance and to help to preserve waters for future users.