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Fishing related articles and blogs from the staff of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Grand Opening!

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Just a few weeks ago I told you about the opening of the new Kramper Lake near Hubbard, Nebraska, Another New Fishing Hole!  The lake has been open to fishing since that time, but now they are fixing to do it right with a big grand opening event. Learn more here, Danish Alps State Recreation Area and Kramper Lake. Watch the video. . . . See some more pictures, Danish Alps Flickr Album. Do not expect any large fish yet, ... Read More »

North Platte’s Pavelka, Rowland Win State High School Fishing Title

Grant Pavelka (left) and Tyler Rowland weigh in a five-fish limit of largemouth bass at The Bass Federation's Nebraska High School Bass Tournament at Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area in Knox County on Saturday, July 27. The duo won the tourmanent with a total weight of 9.86 pounds. Fowler, July 25, 2015. Copyright NEBRASKAland Magazine, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

LINCOLN – Grant Pavelka and Tyler Rowland of the North Platte Bass Bosses caught a five-fish limit weighing 9.86 pounds to capture the Nebraska High School Fishing Championship on July 25 at Lewis and Clark Lake near Crofton. The winning team’s largest bass weighed 2.35 pounds. Ben Pavelka was the team’s coach and boat operator. Rees Cudaback and Eli Leggett of the Millard North Mustangs took second place with three fishing weighing 5.84 pounds. Zane Leibhart and Brent Bergman of ... Read More »

First Catch

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OK, I know it is hot and you might need some motivation to go fishing this weekend.  Maybe this will do it, at least the ending is very cute: Absolutely kid, he is beautiful, they all are beautiful! Take Me Fishing #First Catch Spend some time playing in the water to beat the heat, wait for early morning or evening and then GO FISH!  It is what I will be doing!     Read More »

Cross West Adventures TV

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Some of you may recall last fall I spent several days out at Ogallala helping film some promotional videos of the McConaughy/Ogallala area (Smile).  We spent several spectacular days shooting footage of a variety of things last fall.  Now I want share some of the finished products with you. These videos were produced by Christian Bohuslavschi, and air under the label of CrossWest Adventures TV Series.  All of the segments of that TV series can be found there on their YouTube page; the ... Read More »

Catfishin’ on WOWT 6 Outdoors

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Who doesn’t love to catch channel catfish in Nebraska waters this time of year, huh? You may recall from a recent blog post by Daryl Bauer that bonus-sized, 4-pound channel catfish were just stocked in a couple locations around our area for your summer fishing. So, I’ll be prodding you to step outside and fish for post-spawn, hungry channel catfish during the cooler parts of the day and offer some universal tips to help improve your catfishing success on my Weekly TV ... Read More »

Nebraska Waters Make Top 100!

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A month ago I told you that the walleye fishing in Lake McConaughy had made a “top 10″ list, McConaughy Makes Top 10. This past week I was paging through the current issue of BassMaster magazine and found another list that included a couple of Nebraska waters, 100 Best Bass Lakes of 2015. Harlan County Reservoir cracked that list at #99.  Harlan is typical of our large reservoirs in the state in that water levels can fluctuate dramatically from year ... Read More »

Bonus Fish–Details!

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A couple of days ago I teased you with an opportunity that will be available to catch some quality-size channel catfish from a select few bodies of urban and parks waters, Bonus Fish.  So, to understand what I am referring to in this blog post, why and how there is this opportunity right now, and why it is so limited, you must go back and read that blog post too.  Take a couple of minutes, go back and read it, ... Read More »

Bonus Fish

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We, the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, will stock somewhere around 290,000 channel catfish into nearly 200 different waterbodies in the state this year.  Most of those fish will be around 9-10 inches long when stocked.  Included in the waters that will be stocked with those 290-some thousand channel cats will be many of the state’s relatively small, park, urban, and community lakes and ponds.  The fish stocked in those waters will be relatively easy to catch and located near a ... Read More »

Be Vigilant

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I hope by now that all users of Nebraska’s aquatic resources, boaters, skiers, anglers, swimmers, etc., are aware of the threat from aquatic invasive species.  Surveys have shown that most are, but it is always good to keep this topic in the forefront.  With recent legislation, our state’s efforts to educate and prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species will ramp up in the coming years.  For now, I found an article by one of my co-workers, Jenny Nguyen, that tells ... Read More »

State of Misconception

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“I am standing here in the middle of this field, and all I see is this grass, and sky, and it is effortless to breath.” – Source Unknown There is still a classic case of misrepresentation, rather a state of misconception happening with regard to the great state of Nebraska where I live. Just ask my new neighbors in Dundee Omaha! This blog post is for them and you to get an idea of just how Nebraska is such a state of diverse, ... Read More »