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What to get your hardcore angler?


I guess someone declared the day after Thanksgiving as THE biggest shopping day of the year. Whatever. Regardless, as soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers have been picked over, thoughts turn to Christmas, and for some of us that means panic–what to get our loved ones?  It also leads to dread–“How many ugly ties will I get this year?”   Well, never fear, this year I have the perfect gift ideas for those hardcore anglers in your family! Walleye Wallet For …

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Happy Thanksgiving, 2015


Heading out the door for grandmother’s house.  My family, like most of your’s will be getting together with a lot more family for tomorrow’s feast and long weekend.  I love turkey, roast turkey, smoked turkey, fried turkey, turkey nuggets, turkey strips, turkey and noodles, turkey pot pie, cold turkey sandwiches, turkey jerky, turkey ala king, turkey on a stick, turkey, turkey, turkey! We will spend the requisite time with family, but also will slip out and enjoy some hunting and …

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It’s Coming, Better Get Ready!


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


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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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


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


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


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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