NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

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 - 2013 Annual Report.
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The advisories listed below are not a ban on eating fish, but the state suggests the public limit long-term consumption of fish caught from those specific waterbodies to one eight-ounce meal per week. These advisories are based on sampling taken through 2011. 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. Refer to the numerical listing to find the waterbody’s location on the map located below the table.

Fish Consumption Advisories:

New Advisory Sites Highlighted in Yellow
MAP I.D. #
WATERBODY
COUNTY
FISH SPECIES
PRIMARY POLLUTANT(S) OF CONCERN
1
Lake HastingsAdamsCommon CarpPCBs
2
Ravenna LakeBuffaloLargemouth BassMercury
3
Bassway Strip Lake No. 5BuffaloLargemouth BassMercury
4
Kea LakeBuffaloLargemouth BassMercury
5
Cottonmill LakeBuffaloLargemouth BassMercury
6
Yanney Park LakeBufflaloLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
7
Platte River CassChannel CatfishPCBs, Mercury
8
Weeping Water City LakeCassLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
9
EndersChaseWhite BassMercury
10
Valentine Mill PondCherryLargemouth BassMercury
11
Merritt ReservoirCherryWalleyeMercury
12
Cottonwood LakeCherryLargemouth BassMercury
13
Shell LakeCherryNorthern PikeMercury
14
West Point City LakeCumingLargemouth BassMercury
15
Crystal Cove LakeDakotaLargemouth BassMercury
16
Box Butte ReservoirDawesNorthern PikeMercury
17
Whitney ReservoirDawesWhite BassMercury
18
Grabel Pond #5DawesLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
19
Chappell Interstate LakeDeuelLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
20
Dead Timber LakeDodgeLargemouth BassMercury
21
Fremont Lake No. 1DodgeLargemouth BassMercury
22
Johnson LakeDodgeLargemouth BassMercury
23
Lake BenningtonDouglasLargemouth BassMercury
24
Zorinsky LakeDouglasLargemouth BassMercury
25
Carter LakeDouglasLargemouth BassPCBs
26
Standing Bear LakeDouglasLargemouth BassMercury
27
Rock Creek LakeDundyLargemouth BassMercury
28
Hugh Butler Lake FrontierNorthern PikeMercury
29
Muddy CreekFurnasChannel CatfishMercury
30
Big Blue RiverGageCommon CarpPCBs, Dieldrin
31
Wolf-Wildcat LakeGageLargemouth BassMercury
32
Rockford LakeGageLargemouth BassMercury
33
Crescent Lake GardenLargemouth BassMercury
34
Island LakeGardenLargemouth BassMercury
35
Smith LakeGardenLargemouth BassMercury
36
Phillips LakeGosperCommon CarpMercury
37
Eagle Scout LakeHallLargemouth BassMercury
38
Frenchman WMA LakeHayesLargemouth BassMercury
39
O'Neill City LakeHoltLargemouth BassMercury
40
North Loup SRA LakeHowardLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
41
Farwell South ReservoirHowardLargemouth BassMercury
42
Ogallala City Park LakeKeithChannel CatfishPCBs, Chordane
43
Lake McConaughy KeithWalleyeMercury, Selenium
44
Cub Creek LakeKeya PahaLargemouth BassMercury
45
Niobrara RiverKnoxCommon CarpMercury, Selenium
46
Salt CreekLancasterCommon CarpPCBs, Mercury
47
Wagon Train LakeLancasterLargemouth BassMercury
48
Wildwood ReservoirLancasterLargemouth BassMercury
49
Bluestem LakeLancasterChannel CatfishMercury
50
Stagecoach LakeLancasterLargemouth BassMercury
51
Merganser Lake LancasterLargemouth BassMercury
52
Oak Creek LancasterChannel CatfishPCBs, Mercury
53
Holmes LakeLancasterLargemouth BassMercury
54
North Platte RiverLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
55
Maloney Res. Outlet Canal (above hydro)LincolnCommon CarpMercury
56
Sutherland Outlet CanalLincolnCommon CarpPCBs, Mercury
57
Interstate LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
58
East Hershey LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
59
Hershey LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
60
Birdwood LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
61
Sutherland ReservoirLincolnCommon CarpPCBs, Mercury
62
Sutherland Cooling Pond LincolnCommon Carp / Largemouth BassMercury, Selenium / Mercury
63
East Sutherland LakeLincolnLargemouth BassMercury
64
Maloney Res. Outlet Canal (below hydro)LincolnChannel Catfish / Smallmouth BassPCBs / Mercury
65
North Platte RiverMorrillCommon CarpMercury, Selenium
66
Bridgeport Middle LakeMorrillLargemouth BassMercury
67
Steinart Park LakeOtoeLargemouth BassMercury
68
Burchard LakePawneeLargemouth BassMercury
69
Mayberry WMA LakePawneeLargemouth BassMercury
70
Prairie Knoll LakePawnee Largemouth BassMercury
71
Iron Horse Trial LakePawnee Largemouth BassMercury
72
Holdredge Park LakePhelpsLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
73
Columbus City Park PondPlatteLargemouth BassMercury
74
Verdon LakeRichardsonLargemouth BassMercury
75
Kirkman's Cove LakeRichardsonLargemouth Bass / Common CarpMercury
76
Swan Creek 5ASalineLargemouth BassMercury
77
Offutt LakeSarpyChannel CatfishPCBs
78
West Papillion CreekSarpyCommon CarpPCBs, Dieldrin
79
Walnut Creek LakeSarpyLargemouth BassMercury
80
Wehrspann LakeSarpyLargemouth BassMercury
81
Halleck Park LakeSarpyLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
82
Czechland LakeSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
83
Memphis LakeSaundersLargemouth BassMercury
84
Morrill Sandpit - SouthwestScottsbluffLargemouth BassMercury
85
Morrill Sandpit - NorthScottsbluffLargemouth BassMercury, Selenium
86
Walgren LakeSheridanLargemouth BassMercury
87
Isham Dam LakeSheridanLargemouth BassMercury
88
Sherman ReservoirShermanWalleyeMercury
89
Carter P. Johnson LakeSiouxLargemouth BassMercury
90
Maskenthine LakeStantonLargemouth BassMercury
91
Big Sandy CreekThayerChannel CatfishMercury
92
Liberty CoveWebsterLargemouth BassMercury
93
Pibel LakeWheelerLargemouth BassMercury
94
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.ne.gov/Fishing/guides/fishguide/fishguide.asp





Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
1200 "N" Street, Suite 400
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
(402) 471-2186