LINCOLN — The cause of a fish die-off at Lake McConaughy, Nebraska’s largest reservoir, remains inconclusive.

Fisheries biologists from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are investigating a die-off, in which approximately 1,000 dead fish were discovered on the west half of the reservoir. Adult white bass comprised 99% of those fish.

Point-source pollution — any single source from which pollutants are discharged, such as a pipe — does not appear to be a factor, and water quality parameters tested fall within normal ranges.

Routine harmful algal bloom and bacteria monitoring by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy also has yielded no significant elevated levels when tested Wednesday night. Martin Bay tested at .24 parts per billion, well below the 8 parts per billion that triggers a health alert.

Lake users are encouraged to contact Game and Parks at 308-284-8803 if they observe live, stressed fish as pathological/disease testing can only be conducted on live specimens.

Water-based recreation, such as fishing and harvesting fish, swimming and boating are deemed appropriate, at this time.

Officials will continue to investigate. Additional information will be released when available.

In other news

North Fork Outfitting in Norfolk will be hosting a kayak race as a part of Norfolk’s Sizzlin’ Santa Dayz. The race will be held at 12 p.m.  Saturday, July 24.

Throughout the ages, people have mistaken these two vastly different terms so much that some retailers use clip and magazine interchangeably. Gun owners constantly mistake the words as the same thing.

It is mid-summer, it is hot, and that means prime time for bluegreen algae blooms.  There is a lot of hysteria and misunderstanding about our waters and algae blooms.  I originally wrote this over ten years ago.  Let me dust it off, update some things and hopefully clear up some misconceptions.

LINCOLN — People interested in hunting deer at Gifford Point Wildlife Management Area this fall may apply for access permits now through July 31. Two hundred of these permits will be issued to allow hunters access to the area.

LINCOLN — Director Jim Douglas recently was honored with the Sagamore of the Forest, Fields and Streams award for his contributions to the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MAFWA), as well as for his leadership of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.