LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting paddlefish snagging applications through July 31. There will be a drawing for the permits in mid-August.
Applicants must be at least 12 years old by Oct. 1. Individuals age 16 or older need a 2012 Nebraska fishing permit in addition to a paddlefish snagging permit to snag paddlefish. Paddlefish permits are $20 for residents and $40 for nonresidents, not including issuing fees. In the event the supply of permits exceeds demand, remaining permits will be available on a first-come basis Aug. 15-31. Successful applicants will receive their permits in September.
When two applicants apply as “buddies,” the forms and full fee must be submitted together, rather than as separate payments. Buddies must be either both residents or both nonresidents. Applicants whose names are not drawn will have their paddlefish permit fees returned and receive one preference point. A person may have no more than two snagging permits for one season. Each permit allows the harvest of one paddlefish.
Paddlefish snagging is permitted only in a prescribed section of the Missouri River during the Oct. 1-31 season.
To apply for a paddlefish snagging permit, visit OutdoorNebraska.org or Game and Parks offices in Lincoln, Omaha, Norfolk, Kearney, North Platte, Alliance, and Bassett, or mail a completed application form to: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Attn: Permits, 2200 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, NE, 68503-0370. Online applications will end at midnight.
See the 2011-2012 Nebraska Fishing Guide for more information at http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/Fishing/guides/fishguide/pdf/FishGuide.pdf.