Ongoing drought has prompted the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission to open a low stretch of the Platte River to the harvesting of fish.
Fish have become stranded in pools of warming water as river levels drop.
The stretch from the Odessa Bridge in Buffalo County to the river's confluence with the Loup River in Platte County has been opened. Not included is the north channel of the Platte River from Kearney to Shelton.
All species, except the endangered pallid sturgeon, can be harvested through the last day of this month. Any length of fish can be harvested, but daily total limits remain in effect.
The fish must be taken for consumption, not resale or to restock another body of water.
Permitted fishing methods include hook-and-line, snagging, hand fishing, legal minnow seines, legal dip or landing nets, spearing and archery.
Anglers must have a Nebraska fishing permit.
The practice of opening this stretch of the Platte River to harvesting is common during drought. Except for the southeast portion of the state, most of Nebraska remains mired in drought.