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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 Environmental Quality, 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: 2016 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 2016. 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 2016:
WATERBODY
COUNTY
FISH SPECIES
PRIMARY POLLUTANT(S) OF CONCERN
Lake Hastings
Adams
Common Carp
PCBs
Bassway Strip Lake No. 5
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Blue Hole Lake - WMA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Coot Shallows Lake - WMA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Cottonmill Lake
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Kea Lake
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Kea West Lake - WMA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Ravenna Lake
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Sandy Channel Lake - SRA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
South Loup River
Buffalo
Channel Catfish
Mercury
Union Pacific Lake - SRA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
War Axe Lake -SRA
Buffalo
Smallmouth Bass
Mercury
Yanney Park Lake
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Summit Lake
Burt
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Homestead Lake
Butler
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
Redtail Lake
Butler
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Timber Point Lake
Butler
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Platte River
Cass
Channel Catfish
PCBs, Mercury
Cottonwood Lake
Cherry
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Duck Lake
Cherry
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Merritt Reservoir
Cherry
Walleye / Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Schoolhouse Lake
Cherry
Northern Pike / Largemouth Bass / Black Crappie
Mercury
Shell Lake
Cherry
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Valentine Mill Pond
Cherry
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
West Point City Lake
Cuming
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Ansley City Lake
Custer
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Melham Park Lake
Custer
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Pressey Pond -WMA
Custer
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Box Butte Reservoir
Dawes
Northern Pike / Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Grabel Pond No. 5
Dawes
Largemouth Bass
Mercury, Selenium
Whitney Reservoir
Dawes
White Bass
Mercury
Cozad Lake - WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Darr Lake -WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Dogwood Lake -WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
East Gothenburg Lake - WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Plum Creek Canyon Reservoir
Dawson
Common Carp
PCBs
West Cozad Lake - WMA
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Chappell Interstate Lake
Deuel
Largemouth Bass
Mercury, Selenium
Buckskin Hills Lake
Dixon
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Fremont Lake No. 1
Dodge
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Fremont Lake No. 11 - SRA
Dodge
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Fremont Lake No. 20E - SRA
Dodge
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
PrairieView Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Standing Bear Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass / Black Crappie
Mercury
Two Rivers Lake No. 1 - SRA
Douglas
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Glenn Cunningham Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Lawrence Youngman Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass / Black Crappie / Bluegill
Mercury
Rock Creek Lake
Dundy
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Lone Star Reservoir
Fillmore
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Medicine Creek Reservoir
Frontier
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Big Blue River
Gage
Common Carp
PCBs, Dieldrin
Rockford Lake
Gage
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Wolf-Wildcat Lake
Gage
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Crescent Lake
Garden
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Island Lake
Garden
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Smith Lake
Garden
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Elwood Reservoir
Gosper
Northern Pike / Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Phillips Lake
Gosper
Common Carp
Mercury
Tri-County Supply Canal -below J1 Hydro
Gosper
Common Carp
PCBs
Frey Lake - WMA
Grant
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Cheyenne Lake - SRA
Hall
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
L.E. Ray Lake
Hall
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Mormon Island Middle Lake - SRA
Hall
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Frenchman WMA West Lake
Hayes
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Hayes Center WMA Lake
Hayes
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Goose Lake
Holt
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Atkinson Lake
Holt
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Farwell South Reservoir
Howard
Largemouth Bass / Common Carp
Mercury
Crystal Springs NW Lake
Jefferson
Channel Catfish
PCBs, Mercury
Wirth Brothers Lake
Johnson
Largemouth Bass / Black Crappie
Mercury
Lake McConaughy
Keith
Walleye
Mercury, Selenium
Ogallala City Park Lake
Keith
Channel Catfish
PCBs, Chlordane
Cub Creek Lake
Keya Paha
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Missouri River
Knox
Flathead Catfish
Mercury
Bowling Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Cottontail Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Hedgefield Lake - WMA
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Holmes Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Merganser Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Oak Creek
Lancaster
Channel Catfish
Mercury
Olive Creek Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Pawnee Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Wild Plum Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass / White Crappie
Mercury
Wildwood Reservoir
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Yankee Hill Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
Birdwood Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
East Hershey Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
East Sutherland Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Fort McPherson Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Fremont Slough - WMA
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Hershey Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Interstate Lake - North Platte
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Maloney Res. Outlet Canal - above hydro
Lincoln
Common Carp
PCBs, Mercury
Maloney Res. Outlet Canal - below hydroLincolnChannel Catfish / Smallmouth BassPCBs / Mercury
North Platte RiverLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
Pawnee Slough LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
Sutherland Cooling Pond LincolnCommon Carp / Largemouth BassMercury, Selenium / Mercury
Sutherland Outlet CanalLincolnChannel CatfishPCBs, Mercury
Sutherland ReservoirLincolnCommon CarpPCBs, Mercury
Calamus ReservoirLoupCommon CarpMercury
Bridgeport Middle LakeMorrillLargemouth BassMercury
North Platte RiverMorrillCommon CarpMercury, Selenium
Auburn Rotary Club LakeNemahaLargemouth BassMercury
Steinart Park LakeOtoeLargemouth BassMercury
Wilson Creek 2X - WMAOtoeLargemouth Bass / Black CrappieMercury
Burchard LakePawneeLargemouth BassMercury
Mayberry Lake - WMAPawneeLargemouth BassMercury
Iron Horse Trail LakePawnee Largemouth BassMercury
Prairie Knoll LakePawnee Largemouth Bass / BluegillMercury
Holdredge Park LakePhelpsLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
Columbus City Park PondPlatteLargemouth BassMercury
Lake BabcockPlatteCommon CarpMercury
Maple Creek Recreation Area LakePlatteLargemouth BassMercury
Kirkman's Cove LakeRichardsonLargemouth Bass / Common CarpMercury
Missouri RiverRichardsonFlathead CatfishMercury
Willard L. Meyer - Swan Creek Lake 5ASalineLargemouth BassMercury
Swanton Lake - Swan Lake No. 67SalineLargemouth BassMercury
Walnut Creek Lake No. 2SalineLargemouth BassMercury
Offutt LakeSarpyChannel Catfish / Common CarpPCBs
Walnut Creek LakeSarpyLargemouth Bass / BluegillMercury
Wehrspann LakeSarpyLargemouth BassMercury
Prairie Queen LakeSarpyLargemouth BassMercury
Czechland LakeSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
Lake WanahooSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
Memphis LakeSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
Red Cedar LakeSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
Morrill Sandpit - NorthScottsbluffLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
Morrill Sandpit - SouthwestScottsbluffLargemouth BassMercury
Meadowlark LakeSewardLargemouth Bass / BluegillMercury
Isham Dam LakeSheridanLargemouth BassMercury
Smith LakeSheridanLargemouth BassMercury
Walgren LakeSheridanLargemouth BassMercury
Sherman ReservoirShermanWhite BassMercury
Carter P. Johnson LakeSiouxLargemouth BassMercury
Maskenthine LakeStantonLargemouth Bass / BluegillMercury
Big Sandy CreekThayerChannel CatfishMercury
Auble PondValleyLargemouth BassMercury
Davis Creek LakeValleyCommon Carp / White BassMercury
Liberty CoveWebsterLargemouth BassMercury
Pibel LakeWheelerLargemouth BassMercury
Recharge LakeYorkLargemouth 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 URL is: www.nebraska.gov/eatsafefish*.

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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