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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.

We now interrupt this blog to bring you the spring turkey season!

This will be the last season my daughter can hunt the youth spring shotgun turkey season.  I am going to savor every minute because I am going to miss it.  In my opinion the youth hunting seasons have been one of the best ideas “we”, the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, have ever had.  This week of youth shotgun spring turkey season is some of my favorite hunting every year.  It is so nice to be able to concentrate on …

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A Big Bass Quest

A little over a year ago a fishing buddy of mine began asking some questions about which public body of water in Nebraska would give him the best chance to catch the biggest largemouth bass of his life.  Knowing where he lived, I instantly had an answer for him. I teased you with this last Friday, and I realize by now some of you have already seen this, but for those of you who have not, you are going to …

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Pool Demo!

This event is coming soon; put it on your calendar! Don’t tell me that you ain’t a muskie angler, whatever.  That’s OK; if you show up for this, I will guarantee you that you will learn something about the way various baits behave in the water and I will guarantee that you can apply that to your walleye fishing, bass fishing, etc., etc.  Besides that, it will be a lot of fun! While you are at it, you might even …

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Welcome To the Party

So far it has been what I would consider to be a “typical” early spring in Nebraska–schizophrenic weather with frequent cold fronts and even lots of snow this March!  Looking ahead at the forecast for the next few days, it looks like things might finally warm up.  I suspect that most will view that as very good news! Whatever. Let me explain my nonchalant attitude. . . . Most of you know I fish every month of the year.  I …

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Siouxland Fly Fishing Club

Got another club meeting to tell you about.  Yes, this one is just across the border into Iowa, but there are a bunch of Nebraskans that are part of this group and I will be attending their meeting on March 30.  I am talking about the Siouxland Fly Fishing Club, http://www.siouxlandflyfishing.com/index.htm . I will be talking about fishing opportunities, specifically fly-fishing opportunities across Nebraska for the coming year.  The club meets at 9:00 a.m. to do some fly-tying and then …

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Gotta Have It!

Already this spring I have hinted that I am a sucker for new baits, like most of  you, and I even mentioned one or two that I have already bought (it was a good investment, caught fish almost immediately).  Well here’s another one. . . . [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwwrHIo7hNg[/youtube] I have not seen any of those on the shelves yet, but I am warning you–if I find ’em, stay outta my way! Have a good weekend, I know the forecast is cold, …

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Fish Recycling

I will always tell you that big fish are not hard to catch because they are so smart, but because they are so rare.  In almost any population of sport fish, any species, large specimens usually are the least abundant.  For that reason, I am a huge proponent of selective harvest.  I am not against harvesting some fish for a meal of fresh fish now and then, and I believe we should maintain the tradition of eating some of what …

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Hmm, I’m Hungry for some Mexican Food!

I have blogged about the handicap-accessible fishing pier project at Bowling Lake before, http://magazine.outdoornebraska.gov/2012/09/bowling-lake-fishing-pier-project/ .  The group of anglers who got the ball rolling on that project, “Anglers of the Blue Moon”, have already had one fund-raiser at La Paloma Restaurant here in Lincoln.  That evening was such a success that they are hosting another one tomorrow night, March 19.  Here is all the information: Start working on an appetite now, plan to come out and buy some raffle tickets, …

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Cabin Fever

Although I may resemble the guy in this commercial, it is not me.  However, the scene IS pretty much how I felt last weekend. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31asNbM9y38[/youtube] Seriously, I have that battery-operated, table top fishing game!  I do not know about the kids, but it is one of my favorites.  For some reason I cannot get anyone to play it with me anymore?  Come to think of it, no one will play the Babe Winkelman Trivia Game with me anymore either???? I …

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