Work on a new boat ramp and other features at Stagecoach Lake south of Hickman is leading to temporary changes this fall.
The reservoir is being drawn down to allow for construction of a new, lighted boat ramp, gravel kayak launch and breakwater. Roads to the boat ramp and dam area will be closed beginning Sept. 25 as crews haul in materials and equipment.
However, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will liberalize fishing regulations at the lake during the work period.
From now until Nov. 22, anglers may fish using any legal method, including snagging, hand fishing, spearing, legal bait fish seines and landing nets. Using electricity, explosives, poisons, chemicals, toxicants, firearms, or seines or nets not meeting legal specifications is still prohibited. Length limits will be rescinded, but daily bag limits remain in effect.
Because of concerns about the spread of invasive or unwanted species, salvaged fish may not be sold or used for stocking other water bodies.
Common carp and gizzard shad have degraded the fishery at Stagecoach, according to a Game and Parks news release. The lake will be restocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, channel catfish, black crappie and walleye next spring.