Wagon Train Update

August 8, 2022 daryl bauer

I have a news release I want to share:

Wagon Train SRA lake to be chemically renovated Aug. 10

Wagon Train State Recreation Area lake will be chemically renovated Aug. 10, weather depending, to remove the existing fish population. Activities at the rec area, about 2 miles east of Hickman, will be limited that day.

The rotenone treatment is aimed at eliminating common carp, white perch and gizzard shad, which are detrimental to aquatic habitat and water quality. Because rotenone is a restricted-use pesticide, day-use areas and the swimming beach will be closed during the chemical application, and no fish may be picked up for human consumption.

Target shooting at the adjacent Wagon Train Wildlife Management Area also will be closed during chemical renovation. The campground on the east side of the lake, however, will remain open.

The fish renovation is part of a larger ongoing Aquatic Habitat Project at the lake focused on:

-restoring sediment basin capacity to improve water quality

-constructing underwater shoals for improved fish habitat

-replacing part of the concrete boat ramp and dock; and

-performing maintenance on existing angler-access structures.

Fingerling largemouth bass and bluegill will be stocked this fall. Saugeye, black crappie, channel catfish and muskellunge are planned for future stockings.

Learn more about the efforts at OutdoorNebraska.org/WagonTrain. Learn more about the Aquatic Habitat Program at OutdoorNebraska.org/AquaticHabitatProgram.

I have spent quite a bit of time fishing Wagon Train in the past.  Have dried off some nice fish there.  I can tell you the water quality, habitat conditions, and my catch dropped precipitously in recent years.  I cannot wait for it to be back!


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