In Nebraska, opportunities for smaller anglers prompts stocking of larger catfish

Proposed changes to sport fishing regulations include reducing the bag limit to four fish in the aggregate for channel and blue catfish harvested from Hoover Reservoir. In addition, anglers harvesting channel and blue catfish from Hoover Reservoir would be limited to taking only three fish less than 18 inches and one fish 28 inches or larger, in an effort to develop and promote a trophy catfish fishery.

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is giving young anglers in southeastern Nebraska an opportunity to catch some larger channel catfish.

Game and Parks later this week is stocking approximately 25 cats at Platte River State Park’s Jenny Newman Pond near Louisville and 200 fish at Bowling Lake in Lincoln. The fish range from 2 to 9 pounds in weight.

“There are very limited numbers of fish this large that can be produced in Nebraska state fish hatcheries,” said Daryl Bauer, Game and Parks’ fisheries outreach program manager. “Waters that provide easy fishing opportunities for kids were selected for these stockings.”

Fishing at Jenny Newman Pond is open to youth younger than age 16 and adults fishing with them. All fish caught at Jenny Newman must be released.

“These fish should be willing to bite a variety of stinky catfish baits, and we would encourage anglers to give the kids an opportunity to catch these fish,” Bauer said. “Catfish are very releasable and can be caught again and again. Take a camera for pictures on the water and then release these fish so they can test the skills of another angler.”

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