Sunday, February 5th, 2023
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Panhandle Fishing Regulation Changes for 2009

Alliance, Neb.— Panhandle anglers will need to check the 2009
Nebraska Fishing Guide brochure available from local permit vendors
and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices for regulation
changes that will impact Panhandle waters, according to Al Hanson,
district fisheries manager at the Commission’s district office in

“The changes for 2009 are listed on page four of the 2009
fishing guide,” Hanson said. “The major change for the Panhandle
will be the reduction in the daily bag limit of trout, including
rainbow, brown and brook trout in combination, from a daily limit
of seven to a daily limit of four, and possession limit of eight
that began on January 1.”

The intent of the new regulation is to help spread the harvest
over a longer period on waters where trout survive year around,
particularly in streams.

“Our Panhandle trout streams, ponds and lakes will support trout
year around and by lowering the daily bag limit to four on any
combination of trout species, we hope to allow more anglers the
opportunity to catch trout throughout the year,” Hanson said.
“Trout fishermen will enjoy spring fishing very soon here in the
Panhandle with the Commission’’s annual stockings of catchable
trout beginning in early March.”

Other fishing regulation changes that will impact Panhandle
waters includes the statewide size limit of 15 inches on all black
bass, including both largemouth and smallmouth bass on public and
private waters and the removal of the special regulation of a
minium length limit of 18 inches and daily bag limit of one on
striped bass, white bass and their hybrids at the Bridgeport State
Recreation Area.

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