Chemical Treatment at Pawnee to Targer Unwanted Fish

By: Nebraska Game and Parks Email
By: Nebraska Game and Parks Email

A chemical will be applied at Pawnee Lake in an attempt to remove unwanted white perch and gizzard shad from the fish population, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Rotenone typically is used to eliminate all fish from a body of water; however, a lower concentration of the chemical will be applied Nov. 12-13 at Pawnee Lake. The chemical will be applied in locations where white perch and gizzard shad, which compete with young sport fish, may be concentrated.

While some loss of desirable fish is expected, additional predator fish will be stocked in Pawnee next spring to increase future predation on white perch and gizzard shad.

Neither the reservoir, state recreation area or wildlife management area around Pawnee will be closed during the treatment, but anglers should not expect any fish to be actively feeding following the application. Fish killed by rotenone are not approved for human consumption.

Pawnee Lake is located west of Lincoln in Lancaster County.

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