Fish salvage has been authorized on the Platte River from Odessa bridge in Buffalo County downstream to its confluence with the Loup River in Platte County.
Localized fish die-offs are occurring due to low water flows and high water temperatures.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will allow the harvest of all stranded fish — except pallid sturgeon — in that stretch of the Platte River beginning at Interstate 80 Exit 263 through July 31. The salvage area does not include the north channel of the Platte River from Kearney to Shelton, which serves as a refuge and receives return flows from a canal.
Hook-and-line, snagging, hand fishing, legal minnow seines, legal dip or landing nets, spearing and archery are the approved methods of harvest for this salvage. A Nebraska fishing permit is required. All daily bag limits will be maintained, but length limits will be rescinded for this area during this period. Salvaged fish cannot be sold or used for stocking purposes into either public or private water bodies.
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» Monday is the final day meat processors may apply for participation in the Hunters Helping the Hungry program. Contracted processors may accept deer donated by hunters beginning Sept. 15. Contact Teresa Lombard at 402-471-5430 or email@example.com for more information.
» Try sand sculpting at the annual Kites and Castles event at Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area on July 27. This sculpting contest will take place on the white sands of Sandy Beach. Participants may register at kitesandcastles.com or on the beach at 11 a.m. July 27. There is no registration fee but a park entry permit is required. For more information, call 800-658-4390.
» The access permit application period for Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area deer hunters is Tuesday through Aug. 15. Hunters must have at least one of the following valid deer permits to be eligible for an access permit: statewide archery, whitetail statewide buck, muzzleloader, youth or antlerless only Season Choice Wahoo. Application forms are available at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices at Omaha, Lincoln, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium and Schilling WMA. If more than 200 applications are received, a drawing will be held Aug. 20.
» Women are invited to enjoy a tank float down the Sandhills’ Middle Loup River on Aug. 24 during the Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman event. The fee is $35. Contact Julia Plugge at 402-471-6009, 402-417-3779 or firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a registration form. The registration deadline is Aug. 12.
» The Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors Aug. 24 in Kearney at the Harmon Park Activity Center, 3100 5th Ave., from 9 a.m. to noon. Reserve a spot in the free workshop by Aug. 16 by calling 402-332-4204 or emailing email@example.com. ... All hunter education graduates 11 years old and up who haven’t graduated from high school are invited to compete in the Nebraska High School Small Bore Rifle Silhouette Championships on Sept. 28 at Pressey Wildlife Management Area south of Broken Bow. There is no entry fee, but pre-registration is encouraged. Call Matthew Haumont at 308-872-2348.
» Family Fishing Night, Skyview Lake, Norfolk, 6-8 p.m.
» Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman rifle and muzzleloader class, Platte River SP, Louisville, 6-9 p.m., 402-471-5547
» Family Fishing Night, Pawnee Park East Pond, Columbus, 6-8 p.m.
» Lower Platte Archery weekly 3D shoot, 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 21, Larry Elston Archery Range at Schramm Park. Membership information, 402-669-0425 or 402-690-5814.
» Fly-tying round table at Cabelas in La Vista, 6 to 7:45 p.m.
» Lincoln Fly-tying round table, 6 to 7:45 p.m., Charles H. Gere Branch Library, Lincoln. Call 402-890-8605.
» Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman kayaking trip, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 402-857-3373
» Start of Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies summer meeting, Omaha
» Buffalo cookout, Niobrara SP, Niobrara, 6 p.m., 402-857-3373
TUESDAY, July 23
» Family Fishing Night, Bowling Lake, Lincoln, 6-8 p.m.
» Start of Mutineer 15 National Sailing Championship, Johnson Lake SRA, Elwood, 308-233-7638
Submit calendar items or trophy pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or Outdoors Sports, World-Herald Sports Dept., 1314 Douglas St., Suite 700, Omaha, NE 68102. A daytime or cellphone number must be included.