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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.

FaceBook Live, On Ice!


I did not get a blog post up today; not because I have nothing to blog about, believe me I have plenty, but because we did another FaceBook Live today–on the ice!  Those of you who might be new to the ice fishing game may be interested in watching: We are LIVE with fisheries biologist Daryl Bauer to talk about ice fishing. Post your questions in the comments. Posted by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 …

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Wild Game Banquet


It is that time of year again, banquet, sportshow, and workshop season.  I am actually as busy, if not more busy, at this time of year than any other.  Planning to be in Maxwell this coming weekend! Here are some more details: For the latest updates be sure to check out the Maxwell Outdoor Expo and Wild Game Feed FaceBook page. Stop by, say “Hi”, tell me a fish story, show me your fish pictures, take a look at mine!

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Ice Trolling


Some of us hard-core ice anglers refer to “ice trolling” when we talk about drilling lots of holes and keep drilling them until we find fish.  I am a big believer in “ice trolling”. Looks like I am going to have to step up my game! Yes, sometimes ice-fisherman spend a long time between bites. Have a great weekend everyone, make sure the ice is safe, and GO FISH!

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State Record Summary, 2017


Time for my “annual report” on state record fish in the past year.  As with most years there was some state record activity and there were some surprises! Surface Spearfishing  There were no fish entered for surface spearfishing records in 2017. Underwater Spearfishing We had four fish certified as new underwater spearfishing state records in the past year.  The smallest of those was a whopping 1 ounce alewife taken from Lake McConaughy. In September, a 10 ounce shortnose gar was …

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Fisheries Meetings


Again I know this news release already went out, but I want to spread the word as widely as possible. Fisheries public informational meetings scheduled across Nebraska LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers are encouraged to attend the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s fisheries public informational meetings this winter to offer input on the future of fisheries management in Nebraska. The meetings will begin with an overview of the 2018 fishing forecast, an update on special projects, and a report of potential …

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Tip-Up Hook Keeper


Keeping tip-ups from being a big tangled mess after they are rigged with hooks and weights can be a challenge.  In my surfing around the inter-webs, I have found a couple of ideas you might like! Here is a website for that product:  TUHK. Or, if you have some corks lying around, here is another DIY idea: Never forget, proper etiquette dictates that when you get a bite, you yell at the top of your lungs, and run as fast …

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Youth Fishing Instructor Newsletter Winter 2018


I like to put the Nebraska Youth Fishing Instructor’s newsletter in my blog when I get them.  Most, if not all of the youth fishing instructors have already received this, but in case they have not they can see it here, and a whole lot of other folks can stay updated on our youth fishing instructor program as well. For those of you who may be interested in becoming a youth fishing instructor, notice in the newsletter that there is …

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Grandpa, Can We Go Fishing?


My kids, nieces, and nephews grew up watching a video we, the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, produced, Grandpa Can We Go Fishing?  For those of you old enough to remember VHS, we may have worn out one or two of those tapes. So, I was thrilled to see we have posted the entire video to our YouTube page.  Now we can keep watching! Hope you and yours enjoy that video as much as we have over the years.  Better yet, …

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It’s On!


Just want to get a quick blog post up today and say that we’ve got ice and our ice-fishing season is “on”! My “New Year’s Day 2018” was deep in the Nebraska sandhills.  I see these news stories about New Year babies and so forth, well here’s mine, first fish of the year! No, it was not a big bass, but it was the first fish of the New Year, it hit shortly after dropping a bait down an ice …

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Yes, it is a new year and yes, we have a new Fishing Forecast and Fishing Guide.  We are still awaiting delivery of the 2018 Fishing Guides from downtown, but you can see it on-line now: The “hard copies” will be distributed to offices, bait shops, sporting goods stores as soon as possible.  Keep in mind that there are no regulations changes this year anyway, so if you have an old 2017 Fishing Guide the rules and regulations are the …

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