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Cross Training

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I get a little tired with the exclusivity some anglers have:  You know, “I’m a walleye angler”, or “I only fish for bass”, “Catfish or nothing”.  I get it, we naturally have our favorites, but it gets real old when some are so snobbish that they despise other fish that end up on the end of their lines.  They just do not get it.  Oh, I have my favorites too, but I believe that you can actually become a better angler for ... Read More »

Family Fishing Nights 2015

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Time is flying through the Memorial Day weekend already and that means summer is off and running!  We have already hosted a couple of Family Fishing Nights, but things are really going to get busy now!  We have more family fishing events scheduled for this summer than ever before, let me highlight them: In our southwest region, In our northeast region, In the panhandle, In southeast Nebraska, And in the metro areas, If you would like to see all the ... Read More »

A Memorial Day Weekend Tribute

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division.

The three-day Memorial Day weekend is about the fun of getting together with family and friends for cookouts, camping expeditions, fishing excursions, river float trips, etc. However, Memorial Day weekend is truly about saluting and remembering those individuals in the U.S. Military who lost their lives while in the service to our country, particularly in combat. My thoughts also drift to my son-in-law, Tyler Nichols of Omaha, NE. Tyler is currently serving with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. Tyler and ... Read More »

Is the new boat ramp at Burchard open yet?

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One of the most popular questions in my office this week is the one that titles this blog post.  Folks assume that since it has been raining, the new boat ramp at Burchard must be open already: Burchard Lake filling slowly– boat ramp remains closed An aquatic habitat rehabilitation project at Burchard Reservoir a couple of years ago required an 11-foot draw down to repair the outlet structure.  During the project, enough water remained in the reservoir to maintain the ... Read More »

Safe Boating Week 2015

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We are in the middle of National Safe Boating Week and this is a reminder we all need! To make the point even more, take a few minutes and watch this video: I fish, I know how much us anglers hate to wear a bulky, uncomfortable, hot and sweaty life jacket.  I know, I get it.  I also know there are lots of life jacket options available now and you can put one of the inflatables on at the beginning ... Read More »

“It’s All in the Pause”

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Finally found another funny fishing commercial to share with you heading into the weekend. Of course it is a Rapala commercial. . . . I love fishing suspending crankbaits, In Suspense.  They are a very effective bait that work in many different fishing situations.  There was a time when I had to “doctor” my own baits to make them neutrally-bouyant; I am thrilled there are so many versions available commercially now.  The new ShadowRap is a little different bait, a ... Read More »

Go Bowfishing on Radio Show

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Bowfishing and archery-related subjects take center stage on the Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show I host. My special guest will be Ray Schuette of Plattsmouth, NE. He is an accomplished archer and a mentor in the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Mentored Youth Archery Deer Hunting Program. Don’t miss an opportunity to chat with Ray! He is a seasoned veteran when it comes to fishing with archery equipment! Ray spends a lot of time in the field and on the ... Read More »

Pawnee Reservoir Low-Dose Rotenone Treatment Re-visited

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Some of you may remember that fisheries managers for the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission tried an experimental fisheries management technique at Pawnee Reservoir a year ago last fall, Pawnee Renovation.  Unlike typical rotenone renovations where all fish are removed from a body of water, the effort at Pawnee was one where we hoped that a relatively low dose of rotenone would selectively eliminate gizzard shad and white perch. Let me share some more of what we know about that fisheries ... Read More »

Free Fishing/Park Entry Day on TV

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I’ll be telling you why you should go fishing with your family and visit a Nebraska state park land this Saturday on my Weekly TV Outdoor Report airing on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News. That’s because this Saturday, May 16th marks Nebraska’s Free Fishing and State Park Entry Day, woo-hoo! It’s kind of an open house of sorts in our great outdoors! Special, how-to, fun family oriented fishing events events will also be held around the state. Be sure to bring all the kids! ... Read More »

2015 Pallid Sturgeon Broodstock Collection

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Report on this year’s pallid broodstock collections: If you wish to see a cleaner, larger version, 2015 Broodstock Newsletter .  As mentioned in the news letter, check out the FaceBook page, NGPC Pallid Sturgeon Broodstock, and there are a lot more photos here, Flickr–Missouri River Program. A big thank you to all that were involved again this year.  We could not pull off this effort without a bunch of enthusiastic volunteers.  We thank you, the pallid sturgeon thank you (well, they would ... Read More »