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Nebraska Walleye Association

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I am a huge fan of fishing clubs and organizations, especially those with Nebraska connections.  I will always tell you that joining those organizations is a great way to learn more about the fish you pursue, become a better angler, socialize with fellow anglers, and give something back to the sport and our fisheries resources.  If you are serious about your fishing, find an organization like that and JOIN IT! In my position as the fisheries outreach program manager for …

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Preparing for the Season of Love

With days getting longer Nebraska wildlife are getting ready for a very important part of the year right now.  The season of love is upon us all.  Jeff and Hershy invite Wildlife Education Specialist Lindsay Rogers to Nebraska Outdoors radio tonight (2/4) to give us the low down on what is taking place.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, she may even have an idea or two about what you can do to attract yourself a sweetie, too. Nebraska …

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Tigers

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Alleged sightings of mountain loins tend to cause a hysteria in some parts. . . . In the future, Nebraska anglers will have to keep their eyes open for tigers too. No, I am not talking about the large, orange and black-striped cats that adorn boxes of breakfast cereal.  I am referring to a fish that is now being stocked in some Nebraska waters.  In fact, some of you may have already heard about tiger trout and in recent blog …

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Fishing. . . And, It Is Good for You!

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I am going to share with you something very interesting that was brought to my attention on another blog–not only is fishing a lot of fun, it is good for you!!!!  Besides the excerpts I am going to share with you, please take the time to read the entire article, FIX.com, Fishing for Wellness! One thing I have often said, and it is echoed in the blog post I just referenced, is that fishing is meant to be a participation sport! …

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Sharing the Bounty

I like to share some of the treasured wild game I harvest with others for consumption. Why? Some of you may be asking. I know, I know, I should keep it all for myself, right? After all, it is so healthy and delicious! Well, I like to breakdown stereotypes in the lifestyle of hunting with others, especially when it comes to dining on wild game meat. What I continually find is that some folks are fearful of preparing, cooking and, more so, …

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It’s the Weekend!

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Busy time of year for me, lots of meetings, workshops, sportshows, fishing, etc., etc.  I will be hanging out here this weekend: If you are in the area, stop by, tell me a fish story, ask me a question! If you make it onto the ice this weekend, dry one off for me!

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Yellow Perch

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Let me say a few things about one of the most popular species of fish that anglers, especially ice anglers, like to catch, yellow perch.  Most people would tell you that walleyes are one of the best fish on the table and they are right.  Except their smaller “cousin” the yellow perch, is just as good, and maybe even a little bit better.  For that reason word of a hot perch bite during a Nebraska winter travels faster than the …

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The End is at Hand

Please consider me the proverbial town-herald, rather than an alarmist. But…The end is near! THE END IS NEAR!! January 31, draws nigh and with it comes the end of my beloved bird season.  And what a season it has been, too.  Last season (2014/15) I was pleasantly surprised with bird numbers.  This season (2015/16) I was shocked.  The birds bounced back. Yes-yes, I heard all the good news prior to heading to field this past fall, but data is just …

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Barotrauma on Ice

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I hope many of you have looked at the title of this blog post and wondered, “What in the world is “barotrauma?””.  Barotrauma is the pointy-headed fish biologist term for what happens to some species of fish when they are quickly raised from relatively deep water to the surface.  Most species of our freshwater fish have swim bladders–internal “bags” of gas that the fish use to regulate buoyancy.  Fish living at depths of 20-30 feet or more only have a …

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Screaming Trout

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It is Friday!  I try to keep in “light” on my Friday blog, but like to get something posted before I am “out the door” for the weekend.  I have posted a number of funny fishing commercials, but I must not be watching the right shows anymore because it has been a long time since I saw a good one.  I used to look forward to the Rapala commercials every fishing show “season” as they had some great ones, but …

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