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Happy Independence Day, 2022!


Planning on an extended weekend for this 4th of July.  So, I am dropping this blog today, and then will take a break for a few days.  Never fear, I will be back, sometime next week. Again a number of topics come around at the same time every year.  It is hard for me to think of anything new to say for Independence Day.  As with many of you, this is a big family holiday for us.  We will spend …

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Branched Oak SRA to host Community Fishing Event morning of July 9

Spend a post-holiday Saturday morning fishing with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on July 9 at Branched Oak State Recreation Area. Game and Parks will hold a Community Fishing Event at Liebers Point from 9 a.m. to noon. 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. …

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Bordeaux Creek


I have some news about an Aquatic Habitat project and evaluation underway in the beautiful Pine Ridge of Nebraska: Stream renovation underway at Bordeaux Creek WMA Workers have begun a project to improve a stream and its banks at Bordeaux Creek Wildlife Management Area near Chadron. Brett Roberg, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission fisheries biologist, said the project on Big Bordeaux Creek is expected to increase stream-angling opportunities, provide cleaner water and increase resilience to drought and flooding. The …

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Merritt Boat Ramp


Once again, spreading a news item.  This will be of interest to some of you: Work on Main Ramp Area at Merritt SRA now set to begin June 27 A repair project at the Main Ramp Area at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area has been pushed back slightly. Users of that area should be aware of repairs there that will result in temporary closures. Originally scheduled for June 22-24, the contractor now has rescheduled the work for June 27-29. Water …

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Paddlefish snagging permits accepted July 1-14

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Applications for paddlefish snagging permits will be accepted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission July 1-14. Applications begin at 1 p.m. Central time July 1. Mail applications must be received by Game and Parks’ Lincoln office by 5 p.m. CT July 14, while online applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. July 14. Two anglers may submit a joint application, but the applicants must both be residents or nonresidents. The lowest preference point total between the two applicants will …

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An Assist!


I have blogged about busted rods and lost fish recently.  Once in a while a person just needs an assist: Sorry.  I know that video is not new, and it is stupid–just the way I like it.  I thought I had posted it in my blog before, but if I have I could not find it. Hopefully, it will send you out the door on your weekend adventure with a smile on your face!  Better take a good buddy with …

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Community Fishing Events, 2022

Well, we are officially past the opening summer holiday weekend.  So, it is summer, now!  This would be a good time to put out a reminder about all of our community fishing events: 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 …

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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, …

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Gracie Creek Pond


Monday blog post, spreading the word on a news item: Gracie Creek Pond temporarily closed to access as work begins on rehabilitation project The Gracie Creek Pond in Loup County will be closed temporarily to fishing and public access as work on its rehabilitation will begin with equipment mobilization May 23. The project will continue through the summer. Angler access will continue downstream of Nebraska Highway 96 and pond outlets. This popular trout fishing pond, located at the upper end …

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