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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: 2019 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 2019. 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 2019:

WATERBODY
COUNTY
FISH SPECIES
PRIMARY POLLUTANT(S) OF CONCERN
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
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 
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
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
Two Rivers Lake No. 1 - SRA
Douglas
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Fremont Lake No. 11 - SRA
Dodge
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Fremont Lake No. 20E - SRA
Dodge
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Fremont Lake No. 1
Dodge
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Memphis Lake
Saunders
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Lake Babcock
Platte
Common Carp
Mercury
Lake Wanahoo
Saunders
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Hedgefield Lake - WMA
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Cottontail Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Yankee Hill Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
Bowling Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Olive Creek Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Pawnee Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Merganser Lake 
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Red Cedar Lake
Saunders
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Wild Plum Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass / White Crappie
Mercury
Meadowlark Lake
Seward
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
Timber Point Lake
Butler
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Czechland Lake 
Saunders
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Redtail Lake
Butler
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Holmes Lake
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Oak Creek 
Lancaster
Channel Catfish
Mercury
Homestead Lake
Butler
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
Platte River  
Sarpy
Channel Catfish
PCBs, Mercury
Wildwood Reservoir
Lancaster
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Mormon Island Middle Lake - SRA
Hall
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
L.E. Ray Lake
Hall
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Cheyenne Lake - SRA
Hall
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Wax Axe Lake - SRA
Buffalo
Smallmouth Bass
Mercury
Windmill State Park Lake # 1
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Bassway Strip Lake No. 5
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Fort Kearny Lake # 5 (SRA)
Kearney
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Kea Lake - WMA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Kea West Lake - WMA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Cottonmill Lake
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Union Pacific Lake - SRA
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Pawnee Slough Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Johnson Lake
Gosper
White Bass
Mercury
Elwood Reservoir
Gosper
Largemouth Bass / Walleye
Mercury
Gallager Canyon Reservoir (SRA)
Dawson
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Jeffery Reservoir
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
West Brady Lake  (WMA)
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Maxwell Rest Stop NDOT Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Crystal Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
East Odessa Lake (WMA)
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Archway Pond #1
Buffalo
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
Fort McPherson Lake
Lincoln
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Lawrence Youngman Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass / Black Crappie
Mercury
Offutt Lake
Sarpy
Channel Catfish / Common Carp
PCBs, Mercury
Walnut Creek Lake
Sarpy
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Prairie Queen Lake
Sarpy
Largemouth Bass 
Mercury
Wehrspann Lake
Sarpy
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Standing Bear Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass / Black Crappie
Mercury
Glenn Cunningham Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass 
Mercury
Prairie View Lake
Douglas
Largemouth Bass 
Mercury
Summit Lake
Burt
Largemouth Bass 
Mercury
Buckskin Hills Lake
Dixon
Largemouth Bass 
Mercury
Steinart Park Lake
Otoe
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
Missouri River
Richardson
Flathead Catfish
Mercury
Kirkman's Cove Lake
Richardson
Largemouth  Bass / Common Carp
Mercury
Prairie Knoll Lake 
Pawnee
Largemouth Bass / Bluegill
Mercury
Iron Horse Trail Lake
Pawnee
Largemouth Bass
Mercury
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
Missouri RiverKnoxFlathead CatfishMercury
Duck LakeCherryLargemouth BassMercury
Schoolhouse LakeCherryNorthern Pike / Largemouth Bass / Black CrappieMercury
Box Butte ReservoirDawesNorthern Pike / Largemouth BassMercury
Cottonwood LakeCherryLargemouth BassMercury
Cub Creek LakeKeya PahaLargemouth BassMercury
Merritt ReservoirCherryWalleye / Largemouth Bass Mercury
Shell LakeCherryLargemouth BassMercury
Smith LakeSheridanLargemouth BassMercury
Valentine Mill PondCherryLargemouth Bass / BluegillMercury
Walgren LakeSheridanLargemouth BassMercury
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
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
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
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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