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Missouri River Mitigation Projects

Omaha District, Nebraska


THREATENED AND ENDANGERED: FISHES

Nebraska has three species of fresh water sturgeons. The Shovelnose is relatively common, however the Lake and Pallid Sturgeon are threatened and endangered. The Lake and Pallid Sturgeon were fairly abundant before commercial overharvesting and habitat modifications reduced their populations. A year's sturgeon catch from the Missouri in the 1890's was over 7,000 pounds! Only four Lake sturgeon have been reported from the Missouri in the last 25 years. Identified by its four short, smooth barbels, the Lake Sturgeon is a huge fish. One Lake Sturgeon was reported at seven feet long and 300 pounds. Pallid Sturgeon's historical range was the Missouri and lower Mississippi Rivers. The Pallid is told by its smooth belly and uneven length (center 2 short; outer 2 long) fringed barbels. The more common Shovelnose has bony belly plates and is small, never having exceeded five pounds in Nebraska waters!


FISHES

___Lake Sturgeon
___Shovelnose Sturgeon
___Pallid Sturgeon
___Paddlefish
___Longnose Gar
___Shortnose Gar
___Skipjack Herring
___Goldeye
___Northern Pike
___Sicklefin Chub
___Sturgeon Chub
___Speckled Chub
___Western Silvery Minnow
___Plains Minnow
___Red Shiner
___Fat head Minnows
___Emerald Shiner
___Sand Shiner
___Carp
___Bigmouth Buffalo
___Smallmouth Buffalo
___Blue Sucker
___Shorthead Redhorse
___Blue Catfish
___Flathead Catfish
___Channel Catfish
___Black Bullhead
___Burbot
___White Bass
___Largemouth Bass
___Smallmouth Bass
___Green Sunfish
___Bluegill
___Black Crappie
___Sauger
___Walleye
___Yellow Perch
___Freshwater Drum

This resource is based on the following source:
Department of the Army and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. 
     No date. Wildlife of Missouri River Mitigation Projects, Corps of 
     Engineers, Omaha District. Department of the Army and the National 
     Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as:
Department of the Army and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. 
     No date. Wildlife of Missouri River Mitigation Projects, Corps of 
     Engineers, Omaha District. Department of the Army and the National 
     Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Unpaginated. Jamestown, ND: Northern 
     Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online.
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govomafish.htm 
     (Version 12SEP00)

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