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State Record Update, March 2015

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It has been a few years since we had any state record fish that have been caught through the ice.  We had a couple of fish caught & released through the ice last winter that were state record class ( Big Fish! , Big Fish! Its Happened Again! ), but none in recent years that have been certified as state records.  I have one that was caught through the ice this winter, and it is a bit of an unusual ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

It’s Sports Show Time in Omaha!

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It’s a fun and exciting week for me in the metro as the state’s largest outdoor show, the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel Show, kicks off tonight (Thursday night) and runs through late Sunday afternoon downtown at the CenturyLink Center. I’ll be showing you a few main features of the sports show this evening at 6 p.m. CST on my Weekly Outdoor Report which airs LIVE on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News during the sportscast with Ross Jernstrom. If you’re unable ... Read More »