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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.

It’s Coming, Better Get Ready!

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I will not pretend to know when we are going to have fishable ice this winter.  The long-range forecasts I have been following are calling for a wetter, but also warmer than average winter.  I am still fishing open water and I will absolutely as long as I can.  However, I know this, it is time to start thinking about getting the hard-water gear ready to go. There are a number of auger options on the market today, more than …

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Road Work at Lake Wanahoo

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I suppose I may be the only one who is still fishing open water.  As I said before, yes I am crazy, crazy like a fox.  When I can walk on it, then my open-water fishing will be over for the year (and my ice-fishing will begin!).  So, no, I am not done fishing open water yet, will dry some more off before it freezes. I may be in the minority, but there still may be a few others that …

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It Is All Just Fishing!

You all know I am an In-Fisherman junkie.  No other publications, videos, TV shows, radio shows, etc. have taught me more about catching fish!  I was reminded of that again when I picked up the October/November 2015 issue and saw the “Inside Angles”, lead-off column by Doug Stange, From Shore.  In that column, Doug makes the case for fishing from shore and that a person does not necessarily have to own a boat and all of the latest modern toys …

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Carping

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The fisheries biologist side of me will always tell you what a scourge invasive carp are to our aquatic habitats, water quality and sport fish populations.  Common carp have been here for over a hundred years and have been detrimental to a lot of our fisheries.  Pointy-headed fisheries managers will continue to manage carp populations by eliminating them as much as possible in some situations. On the other hand, as an angler, I will tell you that we are always …

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World Records

Thinking about something to post on my blog for a Friday, hmm, let me think. . . . I know, it has to be the recent catch of a big fish, A HUGE FISH!!!! You all know that almost everything I blog about concerning hunting, fishing and trapping is NEBRASKA hunting, fishing and trapping.  But, I am a hardcore angler, fish are on my mind all the time, and this week there has been a story about a huge muskie caught …

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It’s All in Your Head

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Throughout a year of fishing open water, I spend a lot of time casting and retrieving, over and over again.  Depending on the season, water, and species pursued, I know I may spend hours in between bites.  That does not bother me especially if those few bites result in big fish.  This fall I have been standing in the water doing a lot of that, and I have been thinking. . . . You hear a lot of athletes, especially …

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Trout Stream Rehabilitation

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There has been some “press” recently about a project to improve stream conditions on one of our trout-supporting, cold-water trout habitats in Nebraska.  The first story I saw on it ran in the Scottsbluff StarHerald, Sowbelly Creek Project will Restore Trout Habitat.  My fellow-blogger here at the Game & Parks Commission, Justin Haag, recently posted about the project, Sowbelly on the Rise (you gotta look at Justin’s blog, he included some great photographs!), and here was the Games & Parks Commission official …

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Hunting Stereotypes

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Our Nebraska hunting seasons are in full-swing right now.  I know this has been floating around the internet and many have seen it already, but it is funny and it is a good Friday blog post: What is funny about stereotypes is that they are so true.  I am betting you can see these stereotypes in your hunting partners.  I am betting you can look in the mirror and see at least one! GO FISH, GO HUNT, get outside and …

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Fishing Basics

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In my position I have taught a variety of fishing classes and workshops.  Those classes have ranged from introductory levels for folks who barely know which end of the rod to hold, to hard-core anglers who have spent literally thousands of hours on the water.  One of the things I love about fishing is the learning process.  It is never-ending, you can always learn more about the fish and how to catch them.  That is a huge reason I never …

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Missouri River Boat Ramp Projects

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The best of fall is upon us!  The fish are biting, pheasants and quail to hunt, deer are moving and the weather has been gorgeous.  I plan to spend as little time as possible sitting in front of my computer in the coming weeks.  But, I want to get a quick blog post up today, an update on some angler access improvement projects being done this fall: Two Missouri River Boat Ramps Will Be Built in Northeast Nebraska LINCOLN – …

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