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Fall Sampling

Our fisheries field biologists are busy in the fall.  That is the time that we do most of our fish population sampling on waters across the state.  I say all the time that the data we gain from that population sampling is worth its weight in crankbaits.  Simply put, this is how we monitor the health of our fisheries and evaluate our fisheries management strategies.  A really nice secondary benefit is summarizing that data to produce the annual Fishing Forecast.

If you are interested in the “nuts and bolts”, the science behind that sampling, Survey Says will give you a good idea.  It is not rocket science, but it is fisheries science.

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So far, I have seen a few sampling summaries, but will be getting more in the coming weeks.  Will be putting together the annual fishing forecast then and it should be ready near the first of the year.  Until then, let me tease you with some pictures.  Remember, we do not sample fish populations just to see the biggest fish, we want representative samples of all the fish in a community, but in the process we do see some nice ones!  All of these are swimming in Nebraska waters, right now!

big gill
Joe Rydell photo. Thanks, Joe!
33 lb mirror carp
Joe Rydell photo. Thanks, Joe!
18 and 21 lb cat
Joe Rydell photo. Thanks, Joe!
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Jared Lorensen photo. Thanks, Jared!
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Jared Lorensen photo. Thanks, Jared!

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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