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Nebraska Pond Management Handbook

Introduction and Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Pond Construction
Chapter 2: Pond Stocking
Chapter 3: Environmental Modifications
Chapter 4: Managing a Bass - Bluegill - Catfish Pond
Chapter 5: Pond Maintenance


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Request a Hardcopy Version of the Pond Management Handbook

For more information contact: Jeff Blaser Private Waters Specialist
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission - 2200 N. 33rd St./PO Box 30370
Lincoln, NE 68503-0370 - Phone: 402-471-5435
Email: jeff.blaser@nebraska.gov

Many ponds have been constructed in Nebraska, most in the eastern third of the state. Although many of them provide good fishing, some do not because of improper construction, management, or conflicting uses. Ponds need to have good water quality, favorable aquatic habitat, and proper management in order to develop balanced fish populations that will achieve desired angling goals. It is also crucial that ponds have adequate water depths to prevent excessive growth of aquatic vegetation and to support aquatic life when adverse environmental conditions occur.

The Nebraska Pond Management handbook was developed to provide information that owners can use to manage existing ponds or construct new ones. The handbook contains 96 pages and consists of five chapters that provide information on pond construction, environmental modifications, stocking, management, and potential maintenance problems. By knowing what conditions can lead to problems, pond owners can correct or even prevent them.

You can either download/print the entire handbook or individual chapters. A hardcopy can be requested by contacting the fisheries biologists at you Nebraska Game and Parks Commission district office or the Commission's Private Waters Specialist in Lincoln or by filling out the following Pond Management Handbook request.

Please note:

Effective January 1, 2009, a Private Waterbody Management Authorization (PWMA) is required before harvesting/removing bass less than 15 inches long.

Looking for a hardcopy version?

Fill out the form below:

Pond Management Handbook Hardcopy Request

First Name:
Last Name:
Zip Code:
E-Mail Address:
Daytime Phone Number:
You are a: Pond Owner
Pond Manager
Interested Angler
Other (Please specify in Comments below)
Number of pond(s) you:
own manage
Pond(s) location (county):
Do you have a Nebraska fishing permit?: Yes
To request a hard copy of the entire handbook by phone or on site, you will need to contact your area fisheries biologist; or the Omaha office, AK-SAR-BEN Aquarium, or statewide Private Waters Specialist in Lincoln. Contacts are:
District I: Al Hanson or Drew Lane
299 Husker Rd., PO Box 725, Alliance NE 69301
Phone: 308-763-2940

District II: Andy Glidden
524 Panzer St., PO Box 508, Bassett NE 68714
Phone: 402-684-2921

District III: Jeff Schuckman or Phil Chvala
2201 N. 13th St., Norfolk, NE 68701
Phone: 402-370-3374

District IV: Darrol Eichner or Caleb Huber
301 East State Farm Rd., North Platte, NE 69101
Phone: 308-535-8025
District VI: Brad Newcomb or Brad Eifert
1617 First Ave., Kearney, NE 68847
Phone: 308-865-5310

District V: and the Private Waters Specialist: Jeff Blaser
2200 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, NE 68507
Phone: 402-471-5435

Omaha Office
1212 Bob Gibson Blvd., Omaha, NE 68108
Phone: 402-595-2144

AK-SAR-BEN Aquarium
21502 W. Hwy. 31, Gretna, NE 68028
Phone: 402-332-3901
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