A special catch-and-release regulation on northern pike will be in place at Lake Wanahoo when then state recreation area opens and legal fishing begins April 28. Signs posted at access points will notify anglers that all northern pike caught at the lake must be released.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission fisheries biologists have determined there are approximately 2,100 2-year-old pike in Lake Wanahoo. “A new reservoir such as Wanahoo will be capable of offering some pike fishing opportunities for at least a few years, and a catch-and-release regulation will extend the opportunity and allow pike to attain larger sizes,” said Don Gabelhouse, fisheries division administrator.

This special regulation cannot be found in the 2011-2012 Nebraska Fishing Guide as the booklet was printed before the Wanahoo pike fishery was developed.

“Anglers should attempt to land any pike hooked at Wanahoo as quickly as possible, keep them in the water and handle them as little as possible, and release them as soon as possible,” Gabelhouse said.

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