The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will begin issuing public fish salvage permits at the North Platte office starting Tues., Sept. 12. These permits will allow for public salvage between Sept. 29-Oct. 31 -- the dates set to maximize fish salvage opportunities while maintaining public safety.
The Nebraska Public Power District canal will be emptied between Sutherland Reservoir and Lake Maloney from Sept.-Oct., setting the stage for fish salvage.
The flow rate is expected to reach zero on Sept. 29, allowing the Nebraska Public Power District to do maintenance work.
A salvage permit must be approved by NGPC and will be required for each person. It must be carried by all parties when conducting fish salvage.
The fish salvage will be restricted to the location listed on the salvage permit.
Stocking of salvaged fish into public waters is illegal. Private water-body stockings that utilize salvaged fish must be approved by NGPC staff.
Salvaged sport fish that are taken for human consumption are subject to statewide length, daily bag and possession limits. Fish can legally be taken by hand, or by nets used for fish caught on hook and line, or 20-foot minnow seine nets.
A 2017 state fishing permit is required when salvaging fish.
Salvaged baitfish must comply with bait collection regulations. No water can be taken away from or brought to the canal for hauling salvaged fish unless it is from a domestic source.
No permits are needed to collect crayfish for personal use. Crayfish may be captured by hook and line, by hand or by legal fish nets and traps. Those salvaging from the canal should review the 2017 fishing guide for regulations.
All approved fish salvaged from the canal must be recorded on the salvage permit report form and returned to the North Platte NGPC office by Nov. 30.
The North Platte NGPC office is located at 301 E. State Farm Road. To view the news release about the maintenance work by NPPD, click here.