The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says it plans to makeover a North Platte lake starting this month when it kills off the lake's entire fish population.
The North Platte I-80 City Lake will be treated with the chemical rotenone on August 21st to kill off the fish. There will be no public access to the lake during the poisoning. Game and Parks is now salvaging desirable fish from the lake and stocking them in other I-80 lakes.
Game and Parks officials say undesirable species dominate the North Platte fishery, producing limited fishing opportunities. This fall, the commission will restock the lake with large mouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish and additional fish species will be considered.
A ban on live bait fish at the lake will go into effect following the renovation.
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