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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.


One of my favorite sounds is the “booming” that ice sometimes makes.  I tried recording those sounds last winter: DSCN0001 I did not do a very good job, you can hear more of the sounds of my depth-finder and the crunching of my ice-creepers, two other favorite sounds by the way, but if you listen close, you can hear what sounds like doors being slammed and that was the sound of the ice that day. Recently I got a better …

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“I’m Pickin’ Up Good Vibrations”

Got a hardcore fishing, ice-fishing blog post for today.  Let me share some thoughts that have been rattling around inside my head while on the ice the past couple of seasons. If you want, there is some theme music to go with this post, click on it, start the music, read my post.  Multi-media! All baits and lures ever invented will catch fish when used in the right place at the right time.  The trick is working through all the …

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Big Fish!

I suspect that some of you have already heard about this fish, but just in case you have not. . . . First of all, you should know that the Omaha World Herald has a new outdoor webpage, gooutdoorsne.com .  We, the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, have partnered with the World Herald on that page.  You will find a ton of outdoors, hunting and fishing, “stuff” there and if you have not checked it out yet, you need to.  Look …

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Dr. Willis

I was going to blog about something else today.  But, once again life’s events intervened and I now have something else I need to put in writing.  I have mentioned some of the things I am about to say already in a couple of places in the cybersphere, but I want to put them here again, and add a little more. . . . The fisheries science world and a lot of others have suffered a great loss.  Dr. David …

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Fishing Forecast 2014

Some of you hard-core anglers have probably already found it, but in case you have not, here is the 2014 Fishing Forecast! If you want to see it in a .pdf version, here that is, 2014 Fishing Forecast .pdf, 2014 Fishing Forecast. You may be familiar with the annual fishing forecast that we produce, but in case you are not, let me explain it a little bit, let me go behind the cover.  Every year we have fisheries biologists sample fish …

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Holiday Adventure Report

A few weeks ago I blogged about celebrating my New Year of fishing by being on the ice by mid-December, Happy New Year!  I also warned you at that time that I would be “out” a lot over the coming weeks with the holiday season and with my Dad’s health.  Well, those few weeks are past and it is time to show a few pictures and let you know that our Nebraska Ice-Fishing season is in full swing.  “It is …

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Fishing Reports

Our ice-fishing season is “On like bing-bong”–Uncle Si.  That means we are at the height of the internet scouting season! Do me a favor, pick some waters that have great potential, Fishing Forecast.  Drill some holes, Ice System.  Find your own fish.  You will become a better angler by doing that, and catch more and bigger fish. Make your own reports.

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Badger Chips

There are 1,442,567,038 Geomys bursarius, plains pocket gophers, in the Nebraska sandhills. How do I know that?  I came to that conclusion on a muzzleloader deer hunt with my son and cousin a few years back. In between walking and still-hunting, we would bounce along on sandhills trails from one range of hills to another.  While doing that one cannot help but notice the incredible amount of gopher mounds in those hills.  We bounced over exactly 1.3% of those gopher mounds on …

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