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Fish Consumption Advisories

Fish consumption advisories are in effect at the Nebraska lakes and stream segments listed on the table below. Samples are collected by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, analyzed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and advisories are issued by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. A more detailed explanation of the sampling program can be found in the document, “Regional Ambient Fish Tissue Program: 2020 Assessment Report.



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The advisories listed below are not a ban on eating fish, but it is suggested that the public limit long-term consumption of fish caught from those specific waterbodies to eight ounces per week (for adults). These advisories are based on sampling taken through 2020. The table below lists the waterbody advisories by county and the contaminants of primary concern. Many compounds were analyzed in the samples, but only the primary ones listed led to consumption advisories.


Fish Consumption Advisory Sites In Nebraska Through 2020:

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WATERBODY
COUNTY
FISH SPECIES
POLLUTANT OF CONCERN
Big Blue River Basin
Oxbow Trails Reservoir
Butler
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill / Black Crappie
Mercury
Lake Hastings
Adams
Common Carp
PCBs, Mercury
Big Indian Reservoir
Gage
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Pioneer Trail Lake
Hamilton
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
Walnut Creek #2
Saline
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
Swanton Lake (Swan Lake 67)
Saline
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Willard L. Meyer (Swan Creek Lake 5A)
Saline
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Wolf-Wildcat Lake
Gage
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
Cub Creek 9B (Leisure Lake)
Jefferson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Elkhorn River Basin
Goose Lake
Holt
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
West Point City Lake
Cuming
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Atkinson Lake
Holt
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Maskenthine Lake
Stanton
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
Maple Creek Recreation Area Lake
Platte
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Little Blue River Basin
Crystal Springs NW Lake
Jefferson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Lone Star Reservoir
Fillmore
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
Big Sandy Creek
Thayer
Channel Catfish
Mercury
Liberty Cove
Webster
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill / Black Crappie
Mercury
Little Blue River
Jefferson
Channel Catfish
Mercury
Loup River Basin
Columbus City Park Pond
Platte
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
North Loup SRA Lake
Howard
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Davis Creek Lake
Valley
Common Carp / White Bass
Mercury
Calamus Reservoir
Loup
Common Carp
Mercury
Frye Lake - WMA
Grant
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Ansley City Lake
Custer
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Melham Park Lake
Custer
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Arnold Lake
Custer
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Pressey Pond - WMA
Custer
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Pibel Lake
Wheeler
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Ravenna Lake
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Sherman Reservoir
Sherman
White Bass / Largemouth Bass / Walleye
Mercury
Lower Platte River Basin
Two Rivers Lake No. 1 - SRADouglasLargemouth BassMercury
Fremont Lake No. 11 - SRADodgeLargemouth BassMercury
Fremont Lake No. 20E - SRADodgeLargemouth BassMercury
Fremont Lake No. 1DodgeLargemouth BassMercury
Memphis LakeSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
Lake BabcockPlatteCommon CarpMercury
Lake WanahooSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
Hedgefield Lake - WMALancasterLargemouth BassMercury
Cottontail LakeLancasterLargemouth BassMercury
Yankee Hill LakeLancasterLargemouth Bass / BluegillMercury
Bowling LakeLancasterLargemouth BassMercury
Olive Creek LakeLancasterLargemouth BassMercury
Pawnee LakeLancasterLargemouth BassMercury
Merganser Lake LancasterLargemouth BassMercury
Red Cedar LakeSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
Wild Plum LakeLancasterLargemouth Bass / White CrappieMercury
Meadowlark LakeSewardLargemouth Bass / BluegillMercury
Timber Point LakeButlerLargemouth BassMercury
Czechland Lake SaundersLargemouth BassMercury
Redtail LakeButlerLargemouth BassMercury
Holmes LakeLancasterLargemouth BassMercury
Oak Creek LancasterCommon Carp / White CrappieMercury
Homestead LakeButlerLargemouth Bass / BluegillMercury
Platte River SarpyChannel CatfishPCBs, Mercury
Wildwood ReservoirLancasterLargemouth BassMercury
Middle Platte River Basin
Mormon Island Middle Lake - SRAHallLargemouth BassMercury
L.E. Ray LakeHallLargemouth BassMercury
Wax Axe Lake - SRABuffaloSmallmouth BassMercury
Windmill State Park Lake # 1BuffaloLargemouth BassMercury
Bassway Strip Lake No. 5BuffaloLargemouth BassMercury
Fort Kearny Lake # 5 (SRA)KearneyLargemouth BassMercury
Kea Lake - WMABuffaloLargemouth BassMercury
Kea West Lake - WMABuffaloLargemouth BassMercury
Cottonmill LakeBuffaloLargemouth BassMercury
Union Pacific Lake - SRABuffaloLargemouth BassMercury
Pawnee Slough LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
Johnson LakeGosperWhite BassMercury
Elwood ReservoirGosperLargemouth Bass / WalleyeMercury
Gallager Canyon Reservoir (SRA)DawsonLargemouth BassMercury
Jeffery ReservoirLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
West Brady Lake (WMA)LincolnLargemouth BassMercury
Maxwell Rest Stop NDOT LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
Crystal LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
East Odessa Lake (WMA)BuffaloLargemouth BassMercury
Archway Pond #1BuffaloLargemouth Bass / BluegillMercury
Fort McPherson LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
Missouri Tributaries River Basin
Lawrence Youngman LakeDouglasLargemouth Bass / Black CrappieMercury
Offutt LakeSarpyLargemouth Bass / Smallmouth BassMercury
Walnut Creek LakeSarpyLargemouth BassMercury
Prairie Queen LakeSarpyLargemouth Bass Mercury
Wehrspann LakeSarpyLargemouth BassMercury
Standing Bear LakeDouglasLargemouth Bass / Black CrappieMercury
Glenn Cunningham LakeDouglasLargemouth Bass Mercury
Prairie View LakeDouglasLargemouth Bass Mercury
Summit LakeBurtLargemouth Bass Mercury
Buckskin Hills LakeDixonLargemouth Bass Mercury
Nemaha River Basin
Steinart Park LakeOtoeLargemouth BassMercury
Missouri RiverRichardsonFlathead CatfishMercury
Kirkman's Cove LakeRichardsonLargemouth Bass / Common CarpMercury
Prairie Knoll Lake PawneeLargemouth Bass / BluegillMercury
Iron Horse Trail LakePawneeLargemouth BassMercury
Burchard LakePawneeLargemouth BassMercury
Mayberry Lake -WMA PawneeLargemouth BassMercury
Auburn Rotary Club LakeNemahaLargemouth BassMercury
Wilson Creek 2X - WMAOtoeLargemouth Bass / Black CrappieMercury
Wirth Brothers LakeJohnsonLargemouth Bass / Black CrappieMercury
Niobrara River Basin
Schoolhouse LakeCherryLargemouth Bass / Black CrappieMercury
Box Butte ReservoirDawesLargemouth Bass / Smallmouth BassMercury
Cottonwood LakeCherryLargemouth BassMercury
Cub Creek LakeKeya PahaLargemouth BassMercury
Merritt ReservoirCherryWalleye / Largemouth Bass Mercury
Shell LakeCherryLargemouth Bass / Black CrappieMercury
West Long LakeCherryLargemouth BassMercury
Valentine Mill PondCherryLargemouth Bass / BluegillMercury
Walgren LakeSheridanLargemouth Bass / Black CrappieMercury
North Platte River Basin
Bridgeport Middle LakeMorrillLargemouth BassMercury
Crescent Lake GardenLargemouth BassMercury
Island LakeGardenLargemouth BassMercury
Blue LakeGardenLargemouth BassMercury
Morrill Sandpit - SouthScotts BluffLargemouth BassMercury
Morrill Sandpit - NorthScotts BluffLargemouth BassMercury
North Platte RiverMorrillCommon CarpMercury, Selenium
Smith LakeGardenLargemouth BassMercury
Republican River Basin
Frenchman #1 WMA West LakeHayesLargemouth Bass / BluegillMercury
Oxford City LakeFurnasLargemouth BassMercury
Frenchman #2 WMA Middle LakeHayesLargemouth BassMercury
Frenchman #3 WMA East LakeHayesLargemouth BassMercury
Hayes Center WMA LakeHayesLargemouth BassMercury
Rock Creek LakeDundyLargemouth BassMercury
Swanson ReservoirHitchcockWalleyeMercury
South Platte River Basin
Chappell Interstate LakeDeuelLargemouth BassMercury
East Hershey LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
East Sutherland LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
Hershey LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
Maloney Res. Outlet Canal - above hydroLincolnCommon Carp / Smallmouth BassPCBs, Mercury / Mercury
Maloney Res. Outlet Canal - below hydroLincolnChannel Catfish / Smallmouth BassPCBs, Mercury / Mercury
North Platte Interstate LakeLincolnLargemouth Bass / Yellow PerchMercury
Ogallala City Park Lake (Humphrey Pond)KeithLargemouth BassPCBs, Mercury
Sutherland ReservoirLincolnCommon CarpPCBs, Mercury
Sutherland Cooling Pond LincolnLargemouth Bass / Flathead CatfishMercury
Sutherland Outlet CanalLincolnChannel CatfishPCBs, Mercury
White-Hat Creek River Basin
Carter P. Johnson LakeSiouxLargemouth BassMercury
Grabel Pond #5DawesLargemouth BassMercury
Isham Dam LakeSheridanLargemouth Bass / Bluegill / Yellow PerchMercury
Whitney ReservoirDawesWhite BassMercury



*The “Fish Species” listed on the table denotes the type of fish that were analyzed from that waterbody. Although advisories are issued only for the species analyzed, it should be noted that other species of fish inhabiting the same waterbody may bioaccumulate similar levels of contaminants. However, these levels can vary depending on the type of fish. For example, mercury tends to bioaccumulate to a greater extent in larger predator fish, such as largemouth bass, and is typically lower in smaller fish and species such as bluegill and crappie. For more information, refer to the DHHS brochure, “Eat Safe Fish in Nebraska”*


Additional links
For more information about the chemicals of primary concern and health risks, see Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’
Environmental Risk Assessment* web page.

The
Nebraska Fishing Guide* provides information you need to fish Nebraska water, including: regulations; seasons; limits; special area regulations; public waters guide; stocking reports; outdoor reports; a fish identification guide; Master Angler Awards; photos; discussion forum; and the ability to purchase a permit online. The URL is: http://outdoornebraska.gov/fishingguidesandreports/ *


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