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Lake: McIntosh Lake

Gill net fishing?

Post By: MJspinner      Posted: 7/8/2015 10:12:20 AM     Points: 130    
Hi everyone,

Long time no post. Fished McIntosh yesterday 3 - 5pm. After about 5 min of casting, I noticed a motorized boat cruising along the dam. Was ready to call and report it, when I realized it was the CPW dropping gill nets. Pretty cool to watch, as I've never seen this before. My question/s are: Have any of you ever fished near gill nets? It seems to me, trapped baitfish could atract larger game fish to the area and provide some good fishing. Is fishing near gill nets illegal/immoral? I'd hate to snag the net or get a fish wrapped, and possibly damage CPW equipment. Could this have a negative affect on the survey? I would like to see the surveys be as accurate as possible. Maybe it's best to fish a different area of the lake completely to ensure minimal impact. I ended up staying on the dam, keeping my distance from the nets. It sure was tempting to cast right next to them as I walked by. Ended up doing pretty well with 2 nice carp and a SMALLie on the fly.
 Reply by: bardkin      Posted: 7/8/2015 11:48:07 AM     Points: 3907    
I don't know if it is "illegal" but I'd keep my distance just to not interfere with them. As far as attracting other fish I doubt it would unless it was walleye and bass going after bait fish in the evening or mornings.
Macintosh has a dam???
Oh- you mean by the power station.. I haven't fished that area before. I live about 2 minutes away and rarely ever go there. I need to change that.
 Reply by: MJspinner      Posted: 7/8/2015 1:18:19 PM     Points: 130    

I'm talking about the rip rap on the southwest shoreline. That's where I usually fish. Let me know if you'd like to meet up at the lake sometime. I live close too, and have been fishing there for 5+ years w some success. Minnow jigs and small streamers can go a long way there if your willing to search a bit. Here are some of the fish from this year. I believe you're correct about avoiding the nets. Better to not interfere. Any idea how long after netting before the new survey is released?
 Reply by: MJspinner      Posted: 7/8/2015 3:09:14 PM     Points: 130    
Couple pics of CPW dropping nets.
 Reply by: Swigs      Posted: 7/8/2015 3:17:28 PM     Points: 149    
MJ, I usually get the data compiled in December when winter hits. Yes, it is in the regulation booklet that interfering with CPW nets and gear is illegal. We generally only collect a sample once a year. The data is used to adjust stocking requests, regulations. For example, McIntosh had a huge population of gizzard shad, thus walleye stocking was increased and we traded for some white bass that also went into McIntosh via Nebraska Game and Parks. Here is more info:

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 Reply by: MJspinner      Posted: 7/8/2015 5:50:52 PM     Points: 130    
Thank you sir,

Great info there. I refer to the survey summaries frequently when researching new waters, and appreciate all the work you all do to provide them. Would you suggest avoiding areas on a body of water where nets are present? Thanks again.

 Reply by: Swigs      Posted: 7/8/2015 6:15:54 PM     Points: 149    
The biologists certainly appreciate it and disturbing the nets or tampering is illegal, page 8, rule 9a. It's so infrequent, 1 survey annually, and I don't advertise when and where we deploy nets beside local authorities and CPW law enforcement 99% of anglers never notice the work. Avoiding the nets during a spawn take is however very much appreciated and the law.
I've been cut multiple times at walleye spawn by lures in the nets trying to fill the statewide request for baby walleye. Glad you use those survey summaries, we found a bunch of nice white bass at Mac today along with an uptick in walleye. Good catfish as well.