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A Sandhills Perch Safari

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My son and I made it out to the glorious Nebraska sandhills for another ice-fishing trip this past month.  I have been swamped with “important” stuff to blog about since then and have not been able to tell you about it.  Time to change that. We love ice-fishing Nebraska’s sandhill lakes; they truly are some of the best ice-fishing in the country for a variety of species of fish, northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegills, yellow perch, black crappies, we love …

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First Trout Slam Completed!

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It was only a month ago that we introduced our new angler recognition program–the Nebraska Trout Slam.  At the end of my blog post on the subject I challenged to see who would be first. Well, it did not take long! Alliance angler is first Nebraska Trout Slam recipient ALLIANCE, Neb. — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has its first official Trout Slam angler. Justin Powell of Alliance was the first to meet the requirements of the new program, …

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Quick News Items, March 1, 2018

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I just got a blog post up yesterday with a major news item, spring trout stocking, but I need to get another one up today with a couple of minor news items.  No, these will not impact as many people, but if you were planning a late ice, ice-fishing trip into the north-central sandhills or planning to hit some early spring open water below Gavins Point Dam, you will need to know! Boating restrictions temporarily in place below Gavins Point …

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Spring Trout Stocking, 2018

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Man, we had a couple of warm days this week and my phone started ringing, “when are the trout going to be stocked?”  Personally, I would rather we had ice to fish for another month, but if you wanna know: Rainbow trout stockings scheduled this spring LINCOLN, Neb. – Catchable-size rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds, park lakes, and other waters across the state by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. These stockings will enhance fishing opportunities this …

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Application Period for Archery Paddlefish Permits

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Again I am blogging about something you might have already seen, but I want to spread the word as much as possible and there is something upon which I especially would like to comment.  So, as I have often done, starting with the news release: Archery paddlefish applications accepted March 1-14 LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept archery paddlefish permit applications March 1-14. The application period begins at 1 p.m. Central Time on March 1. …

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Sport Show

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Earlier in the week I noted that I would mostly be talking about Nebraska fish and fishing this week.  A large part of that will be the big show, the Omaha International Boat, Sports and Travel Show.  If you have not seen the video already, here it is: Like every year, our Game & Parks booth will be in the middle of the exhibitor’s booths.  Several of us will be there talking all things Nebraska hunting, fishing, camping, boating and …

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Talk, Talk, Talk

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Got a busy week ahead, a week where mostly I will be talking about fish and fishing in Nebraska.  Oh sure, I will try to hit the ice if I have time, but I have a couple of events on the calendar this week. The first is in York tomorrow evening, a fund-raiser for York Adopt a Pet! I do not have a big presentation or anything for tomorrow evening, but I will certainly be around to talk to folks.  …

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Ice Surfing

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If you do not ice-fish, I pity you.  Really I do. Another cold front blew through last night, temperatures are back in the teens today and folks are grumbling about it.  Many times this week I have listened to people longing for spring, warmer weather, anxious to get a boat back in the water.  Looking at the calendar, it is mid-February.  I hate to tell you, but we live in Nebraska and there may be a lot of winter ahead …

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It is Valentine’s Day and Love is in . . . the Water?

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I am a fisheries biologist by training, and well, it could be said that many of us look at the world in a warped way.  For example, today is “Valentine’s Day”, the day to celebrate love.  But, why is Valentine’s Day in February?????  What makes the middle of February more “lovey”?  Or, would it be “lovely”?  “Loveful”?  “Loving”?  Whatever? Anyway, I have postulated that the only logic in having Valentine’s Day in February is that it is in the middle …

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Catch & Release on Ice, Do It Right!

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I am thrilled to say that we still have ice and it looks like we are going to be ice-fishing for at least a little while yet.  I have drilled up to 16 inches of ice in the past few days.  Whoot, whoot!  As a matter of fact, the conditions I fished in this past weekend were as “raw” as any I have fished all season.  That reminded me of a subject I have not mentioned yet this ice season–the …

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