High, Muddy Water No Problem for Catfishermen

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(c) NEBRASKAland Magazine/NGPC  -  Catfishermen (from l) Eli, Luke and Micah Covington with channel catfish taken from Wagoin Train Lake.  Download this photograph LINCOLN, Neb. – Recent heavy rains, high water so murky it could pass for strong coffee, high humidity and the warmest temperatures so far this year, proved to be the right combination for catching catfish at Wagon Train Lake east of Hickman on Saturday morning, May 7 for three Lincoln fishermen.

Luke Covington and his sons, Eli and Micah, all of Lincoln, were fishing on the west side of the lake and caught two channel catfish on worms.

Covington said the fish were taken from an area where the grassy shoreline was underwater after recent heavy rains.

Before heading to the lake, be sure you have a 2008 Nebraska fishing permit which can be purchased online from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Web site at www.OutdoorNebraska.org, from a Commission office, or any of some 900 permit vendors across the state. With a few exceptions, any angler 16 years old or older is required to have a Nebraska fishing permit to fish in Nebraska. The resident annual fishing permit costs $26, a nonresident annual fishing permit is $58. Also pick up a free copy of the 2008 Nebraska Fishing Guide, which has information about fishing regulations and public waters across the state.