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Spring is in the air, and below the water

If you have read my blog for any time at all, you know I love to ice-fish.  As a hard-core ice angler, one of the saddest days of the year is the last day I walk off the ice for the season.  I just do not understand folks who refuse to ice fish, who sit around and wait all winter for open water.  GO FISH!  All the time! I also find it curious that so many folks judge the seasons …

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All About Trout and Taking Kids Fishing

Spring pan-sized rainbow trout stockings are underway in Nebraska already with the Two Rivers State Recreation Area Trout Lake near Waterloo, NE receiving fish! Many more water bodies around the state will be getting trout (like the one below) very soon! And, the stockings are just in time for some decent weather for wetting a line with your kids! I’ll be fishing later this week at the Two Rivers Trout Lake with my 16 year-old, high school sophomore Son Noah …

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Damselflies

For those of you who are grumpy because you do not ice fish, I have a warmer, more springy, summery blog post this Friday.  I often take a little break over lunch hour and watch some fishing videos.  Although I am not a fly-fishing purist by any means, I love watching fly-fishing videos like those that can be found here, Orvis Fly-Fishing Videos. One of the trailers I found there early this week really caught my attention: That is just …

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The Swarp

Those that know me realize that I thoroughly enjoy river recreation. I specifically enjoy fishing Nebraska rivers and catching all kinds of interesting aquatic creatures. The fun of river fishing in Nebraska is the fact that you never know what you might catch! But now, as the waters of my favorite river fishin’ hole become ice-free here in Nebraska, a new strange-looking fish has emerged. What is this? I consulted our very own Daryl Bauer of Game and Parks Fisheries …

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Ask the Conservation Officer on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Get your questions about Nebraska outdoor laws and regulations answered by Rich Berggren of Waterloo, NE, one of  our Nebraska Conservation Officers, when he joins you on my Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show. I know Rich would enjoy chatting with you! You’ll find him to be knowledgeable, easy-going and informative! Don’t miss a chance to visit with Rich! The Great Outdoor Radio Show I host airs every Saturday morning  from 9-10 a.m. CST on Omaha’s KOZN Radio 1620 AM “The Zone.” Here …

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Still On

I am fully aware that spring will some day come, and that day is getting closer all the time.  But until then, I am on the ice!  Last fall I transitioned from fishing open water to being on the ice within a couple of weeks.  I am betting I make the reverse transition this spring. I do not have a lot of pictures to show or reports to share, just a quick update on what I have been doing, a …

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Come Crane Watching on WOWT 6 Outdoors

On this week’s edition of my Weekly Outdoor Report on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News, we’re heading to Nebraska’s central Platte River valley between Grand Island and Kearney to view the spectacular spring migration stopover of sandhill cranes and other wild fowl. It’s quite an experience! Check out these great photos of the cranes taken by co-worker Katie Stacey of our NE Game and Parks Omaha-Metro Office. Here’s an audio sample of the crane migration: Experience the movement and sounds of …

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Tourney Time

If you watched ESPN over the weekend, you might have caught some of their week-late broadcasting of the BASSMaster Classic.  Yes, the tournament actually happened a week ago, but ESPN chooses to bury it for a week.  In other words, if you really care, you know all about it before it hits ESPN.  Whatever.  B.A.S.S. also has decided to hold their “super bowl” to begin the season now, and that pretty much means they will always fish some southern water …

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Spring Gobbler Withdrawals, The Cure

The temperature is hovering around zero degrees Farenheit outside of our house in Omaha’s Metcalfe Park neighborhood this early March morning. I’ve now begun to count the days until the archery edition of Nebraska’s spring wild turkey hunting seasons kicks off. I’m certain that the birds on my hunting property are still bunched up as they were a couple weeks ago. It shouldn’t be too much longer before wild turkey courtship rituals enter the picture, right? I know that breeding is dictated by photoperiod (day length or amount …

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March Outdoor Calendar

LINCOLN – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission events and important dates in March: March 1 – Bird banding, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, Gretna, 9 a.m., 402-332-3901 March 1-April 7 – Fort Kearny State Historical Park visitor center open daily for sandhill crane migration, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 308-865-5305 March 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30 – Marsh Madness, Ponca State Park (SP), Ponca, 402-755-2284 March 5 – Prescribed burn training workshop, Sherman Reservoir WMA, Loup City, noon-3 p.m. …

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