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Won’t be long now!

I know I have posted this video on my blog before, probably several times.  Too bad.  For some reason this gets stuck in my head this time of year, might as well be stuck in yours too.


I doubt that I get on the ice this weekend, and I am not sure it will be safe quite yet (The Ice Man Cometh), but I believe we are very close.  I am betting I am hearing that beautiful sound of a Jiffy drilling ice within a week!

Ice Nut1

Anybody down there?

That, by the way, is how we found fish before all the fancy ice-fishing depth-finders!

“I wanna ice fish, baby”


Yes! We’re down here!



About Daryl Bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.


  1. When can we get a weekly fishing report published like the Iowa one…….. why is Nebraska always behind…..
    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.


    Lake Smith

    Smith Lake had about four inches of ice right off the end of the boat ramp last. Last two days have made ice questionable at best. Limited fishing activity this week. Conditions are sure to improve after the cold front arrives. . . .

    • Doug,

      Nebraska ain’t behind, in fact we are way ahead.

      The information you see in that “outdoor report” from Iowa is out-dated by the time you read it. The internet supplies much better information in a much more timely manner. Instead of wasting your time looking for “outdoor reports” spend some time watching the Game & Parks FaceBook page, or on-line forums like these: , .

      Daryl B.

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