The hot temperatures and low water levels caused a fish die-off on the Platte River, and salvage has been authorized from the Odessa bridge in Buffalo County east to the confluence of the Loup River. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is allowing the harvest of stranded fish of all species except the endangered pallid sturgeon in that stretch of the Platte beginning July 13 through the end of the July.
The salvage area does not include the north channel of the Platte River from Kearney to Shelton, which serves as a refuge and receives return flows from a canal.
Hook-and-line, snagging, hand fishing, legal minnow seines, legal dip or landing nets, spearing and archery are approved methods of harvest for this salvage, the NGP said. A Nebraska fishing permit is required.
All daily bag limits will be maintained but length limits are rescinded during this period. Salvaged fish must be consumed by humans and cannot be sold or used for stocking purposes into public or private water bodies.