NBS Outdoor Fall Issue 2020

PanDAMic Hotspot Nebraska lake is a lesser-known fishing hotspot

By John N. Felsher

Pioneers crossing the Great Plains in the 19th century described the Platte River as “a mile wide and an inch deep.” A few deeper pools held some channel catfish, but the river withered away to almost nothing in dry years. “Historically, the North Platte River was a typical prairie river, fairly wide and shallow,” explained Daryl Bauer, the Fisheries Outreach Program Manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “I joke about our prairie rivers that there’s about as much sand that goes down those rivers as there is water. We just don’t have those rocky substrates like the rivers and streams do in other parts of the country. It’s sand and water, wide channels, and lots of sandbars. People can find the same thing on the North Platte River all through the state to this day.”

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