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Daryl Bauer has been a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 20 years and is the fisheries outreach program manager. A seminar speaker on fish biology and fishing techniques Daryl shares his educational knowledge with our community of fishing enthusiasts.

Sun Glasses


I have not mentioned this in awhile, but a good pair of polarized sunglasses are a “must-have” if you spend a lot of time on the water chasing fish.  They will help you catch more fish, and they are a great piece of safety equipment too.  Here is a good video reminder: Buy the brand Al recommends in that video; I am sure they are good stuff.  I am partial to these myself, H3O sunglasses.  I have even been known ... Read More »

Happy Independence Day!


What family 4th of July tradition is our favorite?  Oh man, that is easy–FIREWORKS! We are heading out the door for the holiday, until I return. . . . Found this video on the internet.  If you love the 4th of July as much as I do, you will like this too. “The 4th” has been one of our family’s favorite holidays over the years.   I do not know, maybe we are just pyromaniacs.  Anyway, there have been no ... Read More »



One theme I continually return to, and one that some may get tired of hearing me repeat, is that of predator/prey relationships.  Often, when asked for the best place on a body of water to be fishing or the best bait to be using, I reply with a question:  What are the fish eating?  A basic understanding of predator/prey relationships is doubly important to anglers because we not only have to find the fish, we have to make them bite. ... Read More »

Angler Access Improvements


Quick blog post today; just want to again call attention to some angler access and aquatic habitat improvement projects that are underway–your angler dollars at work! Project to Improve Angler Access at Sandy Channel SRA LINCOLN – Anglers who fish at Sandy Channel State Recreation Area (SRA) in Buffalo County will soon have improved fishing access at three of the most popular lakes on the area. Lakes No. 2, No. 4 and No. 8 all have projects slated to improve ... Read More »

Hug an Angler


OK, this is a commercial about Colorado, I know it is hard for me too, but in spite of that, watch it, it is funny and it makes an excellent point! Now, let’s go beyond Colorado, and bring it home to Nebraska. There have been economic studies that have shown that hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation in Nebraska could be even bigger if we used some of our natural resources in a different way.  Yes, I am even suggesting that ... Read More »

Adventure Report, Close to Home


You all know that I love to travel Nebraska, fish the variety of waters we have, catch a variety of species of fish, and share that here on my blog.  I will continue to do that every chance I get.  However, life is usually a lot more routine than that.  I am not always traveling, am not always able to get away to one of the several waters I wish I could be fishing at the time.  No, just like ... Read More »



If you spend time in the outdoors, on the water, in the field, or in the “woods”, you have to marvel at the variety you can experience in nature.  Sure, there are patterns, tendencies, habits, cycles, but if you spend anytime at all “out there” you will encounter something from time to time that you have never seen or experienced before.  And that is one thing that keeps us going back, again and again. With that in mind, let me share ... Read More »

Carp On!


It is the weekend, time to have some fun. In honor of our Carp-O-Rama events coming up tomorrow at Branched Oak Reservoir and on July 11 at Maloney Reservoir, I have a spoof video to show you: Do not take any of that too seriously.  The guys that do those videos just like to have fun while they are catching fish.  That is what it is about!  Check out more of their videos, Uncut Angling.  They are entertaining and you ... Read More »

Arrrgggghhhhh! The Buzzing in my Head!


If you live near some of our deciduous forests in eastern Nebraska, or if you are visiting there, you right now have an opportunity to experience an amazing and rare wildlife experience.  In fact I would rank this right up there with the annual sandhill crane migration, turkeys gobbling, elk bugling, or a surface-feeding frenzy of big wipers.  This is even more amazing because it only occurs once every 17 years! The year 2015 is the year of the emergence of ... Read More »

Carp-O-Rama 2015


It is that time of year again!  Our annual “carp-o-rama” events are just around the corner.  These events have been very popular, and you will not want to miss them this summer (see the highlighted yellow boxes on the following brochure). Notice the change in location for the Carp-O-Rama event in southeast Nebraska coming up this next Saturday.  We will NOT be at Pawnee Reservoir like we have been in past years, but have shifted over to the Lieber’s Point ... Read More »