NEBRASKAland December 2018

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32 NEBRASKAland • DECEMBER 2018 lakes on the Refuge to remove and keep common carp from these prolific waters. Native to Europe, carp cloud the water with their bottom-feeding activities, hindering the growth of aquatic vegetation that is the base of the food chain and limiting the productivity of sight-feeding fish such as bluegill, yellow perch, largemouth bass and northern pike. Watts Lake was the test subject when its renovation began in 2014, and by the 2018 season, keeper-sized fish were Above: Don witnessed the ice-fishing explosion firsthand, when popularity increased in the 2000s and manufacturers like Clam and Vexilar took over the ice-fishing world. Below: A slab crappie is caught and released on a private Sandhills lake.

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