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Boat Show

I will be hanging out at a boat show in Republican City this Saturday.  Stop by, let’s talk fishing!




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. Daryl, I was wondering why Lake Hastings does not get stocked with any quality game fish. It is decent sized and it seems it would be a perfect fit for some walleye

    • Lake Hastings is a grand total of 63 acres, way too small to be perfect walleye habitat. The best habitats for walleyes are large rivers, large natural lakes and large reservoirs, much larger than Lake Hastings.

      Over the years Lake Hastings has been stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish–species that do very well in small reservoirs. There are also black bullheads, common carp and crappies found in the reservoir. All of those species reproduce on their own and will populate the reservoir according to what the habitat will provide. With the habitat conditions and water quality at Lake Hastings, that is what that fishery is capable of producing.

      I know that is not the answer you were hoping for. Let me know if there are any other questions I can help with,

      Daryl B.

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