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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.

Fisheries Meetings, Past and Present


The “Zoom” Fisheries meetings we just held around the state are up on video.  Some of you know that already, for the rest of you, that is why I am spreading the word! I was going to embed all four of the videos, but that is too much embedding.  Instead, follow the links, please. Here is the one for the Southeast Region: Southeast Region Fisheries Informational Meeting, 2022 Southwest Region: Southwest Region Fisheries Informational Meeting, 2022 Northwest Region: Northwest Region …

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I have been doing a little rod shopping again lately.  Oh yes, there is a reason and a story behind it. . . some other time.  Anywho, I have often joked about just buying another Ugly Stik.  Seriously, for the price, they are good rods, and they come in a variety of models.  There is an Ugly Stik for a lot of fishing situations. They really are just about indestructible.  I have one that I have had since I was …

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Jerkbait Retrieve


I love suspending jerkbaits.  If you look in my tackle boxes you will see those baits in a variety of sizes and colors, a lot of them.  They are a very effective bait for a variety of species.  They are also a very good bait when the water is cold.  I fish them a lot in fall, right through late fall, and again in spring, early spring. If there is one thing I have learned from years of fishing, it …

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News Items, Niobrara SP and Willow Creek SRA


I saw a couple of items in a recent news release that will be of interest to anglers.  Let me spread the word: Niobrara State Park getting new river access Work will be completed this spring on a new Niobrara River kayak/canoe access at Niobrara State Park. This river access project includes a put-in/take-out for canoes and kayaks, a scenic overlook with interpretive signage and access road. This project is a part of flood mitigation requirements for the construction of …

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Great Date Night Idea


Need a date?  Wait a minute, maybe I should ask if you need a great idea for a date night?  I got one, this Saturday night.  Nebraska’s own Cornhusker Fly Fishers is hosting this year’s International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4): Get your tickets HERE. If you have never been to one of these fly-fishing film festivals, they are a hoot!  The films are excellent, there are lots of big fish, and I guarantee you will get fired up, ready …

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Some News Items

Got a couple of news items I want to spread the word on: Iron Horse Park (i.e. North Platte I-80 Lake) NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – Iron Horse Park in North Platte will close temporarily throughout parts of the park for upgrades to angler access and other amenities. Partial closure of Iron Horse Park, located south of the I-80 interchange at North Platte, will close temporarily for public access beginning March 3, 2022. The upgrades will include the development of five …

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It is Friday, time to lighten up a bit. . . . Most of my blog posts, most of the time, have something to do with fish and fishing, almost always in Nebraska.  However, from time to time I like to mix in some about wildlife and hunting or even trapping.  This is going to be one of those times.  Do not go grumbling and quit reading, follow along.  I know you enjoy the whole experience while you are fishing …

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Early Spring Fishing Tips


I am going to be lazy today.  I do not often do this, only once in a while. . . . My blog post today is simply going to be to share with you something one of my co-bloggers recently posted.  Greg Wagner is one of my best buddies here at Game & Parks.  We talk frequently, and often discuss current topics and potential content for our blogs.  We have both been blogging for several years now, and have learned …

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Nebraska’s outdoor community lost another giant last week.  Larry Porter passed last Wednesday.  For those of you who may not know, Larry was the long-time outdoor writer for the Omaha World-Herald.  The paper had this to say: Longtime World-Herald Sportswriter Larry Porter dies at 80 I spent a bit of time with Larry; am going to miss him.  It does me good to write some things about these good friends that have passed.  If you wish, you can read along. …

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