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Some Updates, June 10, 2013

I have a couple of quick updates about some of Nebraskan’s favorite fishing spots to share with you. . . . Burchard First of all, read this closely, Burchard is NOT OPEN, yet.  For the past several weeks that has been, by far, the most frequent question I and my co-workers have been asked.  That is OK, I am glad people want to know! We are still waiting on water levels at Burchard to rise.  Yes, we have had significant …

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Fishing Commercial Bloopers!

OK, if you have been reading my blog for awhile you know that I have a warped sense of humor.  You know that I watch fishing shows on TV just so I can laugh at the commercials.  And, you know that on Fridays, I sometimes share some of my stupid humor in my blog.  You can imagine my delight when I found a whole video of bloopers of Bass Pro Shops fishing commercials! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS6f890sJCQ[/youtube] Have a good weekend, get outdoors, …

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Adventure Report, June 5, 2013

A couple of months ago I warned that I would be “out of the office” as much as possible.  Well, I have been; have enjoyed this spring immensely.  In fact I have enjoyed it so much that I have not given a fishing report recently.  Time to get caught up. . . . Lewis & Clark To start, I have to go back a couple weeks, back before the Memorial Day holiday.  Some of the Nebraska Walleye Association folks, http://www.nebraskawalleye.com/ …

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Thank you, Nebraska TU!

I was thrilled to look at the front page of the Omaha World-Herald last Friday and see this story, http://www.omaha.com/article/20130531/NEWS/705319908/1016#volunteers-keep-nebraska-trout-stream-the-perfect-spot-to-spawn .  I would post a copy here, but I am sure the World-Herald would rather have you go to their website and read it.  Doooo it! While you are at it, make sure to check out Nebraska Trout Unlimited’s website: http://www.tu710.org/home/ They have a great series of photos of the work they are doing on the East Branch of Verdigre …

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It is a lot MORE than JUST fishing.

Got a video I have to share with you this Friday; take 5 minutes or so to watch it.  You will not be sorry. As soon as you see the beginning, I know what you are going to think:  “Hey, that ain’t Nebraska”. Yeah, whatever.  I have been to the place shown in the video; it is beautiful and the fishing is unbelievable. But, that ain’t why I have to share this video.  No, listen to the young lady that …

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“It’s Never JUST Fishing”

Let me again refer back to our current fishing promotion and commercial for this blog post. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IohDx0fuqxQ[/youtube] We kicked around a lot of ideas for that promotion and settled on the “It’s Never JUST Fishing” theme.  That theme means a lot of different things to hard-core anglers.  One meaning that many of us thought of was all the logistics and preparations that go into a fishing trip–getting the boat ready to go, putting new line on reels, finding bait and …

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A Well-Deserved Honor!

One of the most enjoyable things I get to do in my job is meet a lot of outstanding anglers and outstanding people.  One that I originally crossed paths many years ago is Teeg Stouffer, the founder of an organization called Recycled Fish, http://www.recycledfish.org/index.htm .  Teeg is one of those folks who seems to have boundless energy and enthusiasm, you know the kind of guy who has caffeine coursing through his veins.  His energy and passion is infectious and you …

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“Just Fishing”

The “theme” of our current “Go Fishing” promotion, http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/gofishing/ , is “It’s never JUST fishing”.  Maybe next week I will blog more about how we came up with that theme and what it means to us.  That theme reminded me of this song by Trace Adkins: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IheODRwalEw[/youtube] I like a variety of music including some “Country/Western”, but I have to tell you what I hate about some Country/Western songs–they choke me up.  I have a daughter, have spent as much …

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Go Fishing! NOW!

By this time I imagine most of you probably have seen our new “Go Fishing” commercial.  Just in case you have not . . . . [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IohDx0fuqxQ[/youtube] This is a promotion we are doing this “spring” in order to try to recruit more folks, especially families, to go fishing.  To go along with the commercial and other media promotions that we are doing, we have created a web page specifically with information that beginning anglers should find useful, http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/gofishing/ . …

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Wear It !

May 18-24 is National Safe Boating Week, http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/index.html . This is a good reminder for all of us. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSoyoGzSgRc[/youtube] I have seen some statistics on boating accidents in Nebraska last year.  There were 8 boating and boating-related fatalities last year; in 5 of those 8 cases a life jacket would have been a life saver if it had been worn!  In the other 3 cases traumatic injury was the cause of the fatality.

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