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Low Water

I hate to mention these things, because they are bad news and I do not want to highlight that.  But it is our current reality and it is “news” that some folks will want to know.  Here is a news release that went out last Friday: Fish Salvage Underway in Portion of Platte River LINCOLN, Neb. – Fish salvage has been authorized on the Platte River from Odessa bridge in Buffalo County downstream to its confluence with the Loup River …

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Thought for the weekend

I stumbled across this somewhere on the internet. I like it. I know it is getting hot, but a person can still find a time of day when it is a little more pleasant and do some fishing.  The fish will be more likely to be feeding then too. GO FISH!

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State Record Update, July 2013

We are half way through 2013 already.  I have a few state record applications that have accumulated on my desk, time to tell you about them. Let me start with a couple of European rudd caught from Box Butte Reservoir.  Rudd are an exotic species that are closely related to our native golden shiners.  Rudd were spread across the country a few years back as many bait shops sold them.  We have a healthy population of those baitfish in Box …

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Nebraska’s Turtle Man

There are a bunch of “reality” shows on TV now that feature outdoors-folks doing a variety of wild and crazy things.  Some of those shows are, well, a little too much for me and I question their authenticity (I know it is TV, it is not necessarily “reality”).  Others have what seem to me to be plain ole folks, just like most Nebraskans I know, and I like them a lot better.  Although I will always tell you to get …

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Happy Independence Day

Before I walk out the door for a long Independence Day “weekend” let me share some thoughts with you.  Actually, I have shared these same thoughts for the 4th of July holiday for the past several years.  So, forgive me for the “re-runs”, but holidays come around on an annual basis; they are meant to be annual commemorations of special days, special events, and I believe it is good to be reminded of that each year. We are truly blessed …

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Who Needs Live Bait?

I will be the first one to tell you that no baits or lures are magic, nothing catches fish all the time.  And, I will tell you that every bait or lure every made will catch fish if used at the right place and the right time.  The challenge is knowing the right bait for the right place and right time.  Presentation theory and selecting the right baits for the right time and place is a whole topic worthy of …

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Fly Tagging

I remember the good ole days when the Red Green Show was on public TV every Saturday night! Here’s a particularly good segment that pointy-headed biologists can relate to. . . . [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erw0CRzeuaY[/youtube] For the record, fisheries biologists are a lot smarter than that. Here’s the website, http://www.redgreen.com/index.html , watch all the episodes here, http://www.youtube.com/redgreentv , and have a great weekend!

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They ain’t “weeds”!!!!!

We are rolling into summer now and that means that aquatic plants that grow in many Nebraska waters are reaching their peak of coverage and height.  As that happens, my phone starts ringing and I start seeing complaints on the internet about the “weeds” and how they make it too hard to fish!?  I have to confess I am not very sympathetic to those complaints about the “weeds”. Webster’s defines a “weed” as an undesirable plant.  Rooted aquatic vegetation is …

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Missouri River Update

I got this update on Missouri River flows recently: NEWS  RELEASE For Immediate Release: June 11, 2013 Contact: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division Phone: (402) 995-2420 (888) 835-5971 E-mail: Monique.l.farmer@usace.army.mil Omaha, Neb. — Despite wetter-than-normal conditions across much of the Missouri River basin during May, drought persists across much of the region and mainstem reservoir levels remain below normal. “Even though rainfall was two to three times normal in eastern Montana, and western North Dakota during May, runoff …

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