I have not given a state record update since last year’s summary. Right now I do not have a lot to update, but I never know when applications will come in. If I wait for more, it could be months before I do an update. So, might as well tell you about what I have. . . . Back in April, Chuck Hensel from Valentine was fishing Merritt Reservoir. He caught a common carp that beat the old state record …Read More »
Memorial Day, 2023
Here we are! I know many folks eagerly wait for this weekend every year. It is the beginning of summer! Many will be heading for our waters around the state this weekend to enjoy the water, enjoy the outdoors, do some fishing, spend time with family and friends. I hope you get out to enjoy it all and dry some off while you are at it! Right now is some of the best fishing of the year for a variety …Read More »
You ARE Going to be Releasing Fish, Might as well Do It Right!
I noted a week ago that the fish are biting, now. The reports I am hearing and photos I am seeing have exploded in the past week. May and June are some of the best open-water fishing months every year. We are in the middle of that NOW! Have noticed some other things about all of those photos and reports, so I am going to blog about it again: Best fish handling practices. Now, don’t you dare tune me out …Read More »
Going Fishing? Don’t Let The Big One Get Away!
All of us who love to fish have a story or two about the one that got away, don’t we? Invariably, the tale involves hooking the fish of a lifetime and losing it to unforeseen circumstances or mistakes. Trust me, I have made my share of mistakes when it comes to large, prized game fish. Your blogger mishandling a nice-sized channel catfish. Photo by Rich Berggren/Conservation Officer with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Without question, these stories, however embellished, …Read More »
All of my channels of communication have exploded this week with fishing reports and fish pictures. In short, right now, do not pass “Go”, do not collect $200, GO FISH!!!! I always say that May and June are the best two months for open-water fishing in Nebraska, whatever species, whatever water. GO FISH! Do not wait for someone to give you a report, do not ask if the fish are biting–they are! If you cannot decide where to go, pick …Read More »
There’s no excuse for not wearing a life jacket on the water!
With the assistance of an adult relative, a youth greatly anticipates catching another bluegill from a boat in a Midwestern lake on a summer day. Photo by Rich Wynne. It bothers me to no end that people have such cavalier excuses regarding why they don’t want to wear life jackets on the water in a boat. In my 44 years at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, I have seen my share of boating tragedies. I have seen the victims …Read More »
Community Fishing Events, 2023
Today is the first of May. Let me post this as a reminder: Another season of family fun scheduled with Community Fishing Events Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for another spring and summer of fun with Community Fishing Events. Community Fishing Events provide opportunities for people of all ages who have never fished or have not fished in years to learn and enjoy the activity. Rods and reels, as well as bait and fishing instruction, will be available …Read More »
The story of this weekend adventure actually started a year ago. Late spring 2022 my wife and my cousin’s wife decided that they had never been to see the prairie grouse dance. Each spring prairie chickens and sharptail grouse have a mating display where the males “dance” to attract females. It is a spectacle. I had seen prairie grouse performing their spring mating rituals in many of my travels and adventures in Nebraska, but I told the girls to make …Read More »
No Net Man Needed, Or Was He?
I have blogged often about the need for a good net man. Every angler should have a good net man, a good photo taker. Or do they? Believe me, the last thing you want is a hot muskie in the boat with you. That is not safe for the anglers or the fish, can be hard on tackle too. Actually, after watching the video, it still proves that a guy needs a good net man! Getting that fish off the …Read More »
Another season of family fun scheduled with Community Fishing Events
Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for another spring and summer of fun with Community Fishing Events. Community Fishing Events provide opportunities for people of all ages who have never fished or have not fished in years to learn and enjoy the activity. Rods and reels, as well as bait and fishing instruction, will be available for free. “Come join us at one or several of our events to learn how to fish or to bring a friend and …Read More »