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Officials plant drawdown to improve reservoir’s fishing

July 4, 2019

NEWCASTLE, Neb. (AP) — The water level at Powder Creek Reservoir in northeast Nebraska’s Dixon County will drop next week to begin a restructuring of the lake’s fish population.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the fishery has been dominated by small panfish. A drawdown to reduce the lake volume by 40% will crowd predator and prey species. The desired effect is higher predation on panfish, a reduction in the panfish population, and, in the near future, faster-growing and larger fish.

The commission’s Jeff Schuckman says the move “is an attempt to hit the reset button on the fishery.”

The boat ramp likely will be unusable during the drawdown. The lake will be allowed to refill in mid-September, and supplemental stocking of bass and walleye will take place in October.

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