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Paddlefish Tags

Our paddlefish snagging season has been underway since the beginning of October.  One never knows what water conditions are going to be like on the Missouri River nor how much water the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be releasing through Gavins Point Dam nor which gates they will be releasing water through.  All of that can have a significant impact on the success of paddlefish snaggers.  Fortunately, things have worked out this season and the reports I have been …

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Combodacious

Got to share some photos with you today.  Fall is a a great time to both hunt and fish in Nebraska!  To prove it, my friend Steve has been telling me about the success he and his grandson have been having this fall.  First, they slipped up to the Gavins Point tailwaters to snag a paddlefish. In spite of government shut-downs and predictions of the flood gates being open and the best paddlefish snagging area being off-limits to anglers, the …

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BO-W 2013

It has been over a week already; I need to tell you about the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop held in Halsey a couple of weekends ago.  If my memory is correct, this was the seventeenth year I have been an instructor at our annual BO-W workshop at Halsey.  I can remember that number because I was asked a long time ago to teach a Basic Fishing class at BO-W, and I taught one year before taking the next year off …

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Casting for Recovery

If you watched any football games over the weekend, and who didn’t, you probably noticed the pink highlights on various uniforms, cheerleaders, referees, coaches, spectators etc.  It may have taken you a second or two to realize what the color statement was about, but I am also betting that most of you know by now that it is breast cancer awareness month. What does that have to do with fish or fishing? Well, let me tell you. . . . …

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Mountain Lion Permit? Pish Posh

Many of you have probably heard about Nebraska’s impending mountain lion season.  The winner of the first mountain lion permit has been drawn, and a second permit will be auctioned next week.  If you want to find more information on the Big Game Society banquet where that auction will occur, you can find it here. But that is nothing.  In addition to the mountain lion permit/hunt that will be auctioned, this is another auction item that will be offered: Nebraska …

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Fall Trout Stocking 2013

It is October and that means it is time for our fall trout stockings.  We have already started stocking the 10-inch, catchable-size, rainbow trout in urban and parks waters across the state.  The schedule for those stockings is fluid depending on a lot of man-power and equipment logistics.  I can tell you what has already been stocked, but the schedule I am about to give for the stockings yet to occur is tentative; it is the best of our knowledge at …

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Check out the digital NEBRASKAland!

This has been mentioned several places already, but just in case you have not heard about it and check it out, NEBRASKAland magazine is now available digitally. Beside spreading the word about that, I have selfish reasons to remind you to check out the digital version.  It is fall, and in the October issue of NEBRASKAland, you can find a story I wrote on fall fishing presentations.  Follow the link to  digital NEBRASKAland, check out pages 40 and 41! FISH …

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Not as bad as you think. . .

Any angler will tell you that weather has a big impact on fish behavior.  In fact most anglers dread a cold front. . . Generally, I will tell you that stable weather, usually warming weather, produces the most consistent and best fishing.  Just before a storm system or a cold front blows through, a period of stable weather can culminate with an outstanding bite where every fish in the lake seems starved.  Following a cold front or storm system the …

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Aliens

I was sitting in the office last week when I got a phone call from a buddy.  He was fishing at Holmes Reservoir here in Lincoln and had just caught what he believed was a pacu.  Pacu are a fish that live in the jungles of South America.  He wanted to know if I wanted to see the fish and of course I said “Yes!  Bring it over.” In twenty minutes or so Val was at my door holding a …

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Conestoga Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation Project, II

Last week I blogged about the public open house for the upcoming Conestoga Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation project.  Anytime we have a meeting or open house we realize that only a certain number of folks will be able to attend.  For those of you who could not make it, I want to provide you with some of the facts from last week’s open house.  Here is the fact sheet that was available last week: And here is a preliminary conceptualized map …

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