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Pond Management Workshops

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I have often said that all of our waters can be important fisheries in Nebraska, and that includes some of the state’s smallest waters–pits and ponds.  Angler surveys have consistently shown us that at least a quarter of licensed Nebraska anglers spend some time fishing pits and ponds each year.  Those small waters produce some of the best largemouth bass and panfish fishing in Nebraska every year and there are a variety of other species caught from some of those ... Read More »

Six Cures for (Late-Winter) Cabin Fever

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Brrrr! It’s been so cold outside! Temperatures have been running far below normal as evidenced this past week by the large thermometer I have in our backyard. Off and on, I continue to suffer from cabin fever! How about you? From my vantage point in eastern Nebraska, we’re kind of in between seasons in the state’s outdoor scene, too. As a sportsman, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of snow and Ross’s geese for light goose conservation order hunting here in eastern Nebraska and open water fishing for various ... Read More »

Talking Fishing

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This is a busy time of year for me.  A big reason for that is everyone wants to talk fishing right now!  For some it is one of the symptoms of “spring fever”, for others, like me, we are just ready to talk fish and fishing all the time! I will be talking walleyes this weekend.  One thing I know is true, Have a great weekend, GO FISH!     Read More »

Catfishing Tips, How-To Fishing Events and More on Great Outdoor Radio Show

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Fishing for catfish, how-to fishing events and more will be featured on tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) Great Outdoor Radio Show that I host. Our special call-in guest for part of the program will be Brad Durick of Grand Forks and Drayton, North Dakota who successfully and professionally  guides catfish anglers on the famous Red River of the North. Don’t miss the show! It runs from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio/1620 AM “The Zone.” Feel free to give us a call if you have ... Read More »

Pike Y-Bone Removal

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You know that I am always getting up on a “soap box” to  promote catch & release fishing:  It is a fact of life for sport anglers nowadays.  You will either be required by regulation to release at least some of the fish you catch or you will choose to voluntarily release some of your catch; it is important for developing and maintaining quality fishing..  I believe the best practice is what has been termed “selective harvest”–choosing to harvest a few ... Read More »

Spring Brings the Call of the Crane

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The spring migration has begun when the unique and primeval call of the sandhill crane is heard; it is one that captures our attention and curiosity. Standing four-foot tall these prehistoric birds travel through Nebraska as part of their migration from summering areas in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico to their nesting areas in the upper United States, Canada and as far North as Siberia. In the Central Flyway, Nebraska is one of the few places left for the 500,000-plus ... Read More »

Waterfalls in Nebraska? Yes, There Are!

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I was talking with folks at the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel Show this past week who had just moved here to Nebraska from Colorado and they just couldn’t believe that this state (our state) has any waterfalls in it whatsoever. Whoa, folks, not so fast. We do have waterfalls in the Cornhusker State and some really cool ones at that! Look at the stair step falls along the Niobrara River near Valentine, NE. So, new friends and Nebraska residents, this blog post is for you! Enjoy catching a glimpse ... Read More »

Fish Passageways in Nebraska?

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I have an interesting news release I want to share with you: Now I know this open house, this particular fish passage project, is not going to be of great importance to many of you unless you are familiar with the Cedar River particularly in the Spalding and Ericson area.  But, I am betting that very few reading this have even considered that there might be a need for fish passageways on Nebraska rivers and streams.  No, we do not have migratory ... Read More »

#FishNebraska Selfie Contest at Omaha Sports Show

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Coming to the Omaha Sports Show this weekend? Think “selfies” and fishing at our NE Game and Parks show exhibit with our #FishNebraska Photo Contest! You’ll be able to take your own picture(s) in front of our lake picture photo op. We’ll have props for you to choose and use to be creative. Upload your picture to our Game and Parks Facebook Page with #FishNebraska, and you’ll have the opportunity to win the following prizes. The person with the most ... Read More »

Sport Show!

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The big sport show in Omaha is this weekend! Here is the “sneak peak” video: The only thing missing from that is a couple of “clowns” in funny hats like Greg Wagner and me! We will be there! If you are in the area for state wrestling or just want to make a trip to see the sport show, Greg and I will be hanging around the Game & Parks booth all weekend.  Stop by, say “Hi”, tell us a ... Read More »