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And He Can Play Guitar Too!

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I heard a radio talk show driving to work this week that brought this story to my attention.  Of course they had not a clue about the fish or fishing, so I looked into it more and found that this is really cool! This comes from Men’s Journal online: Eric Clapton Just Caught the Year’s Biggest Salmon in Iceland Rock & roll legend. World-class guitarist. Record-setting angler? Turns out that Eric Clapton, one of the greatest musicians of all time, …

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Fifty Shades of Flathead

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OK, you have to understand that biologists tend to think about things a little bit differently, maybe even a little bit warped.  Subjects and discussions that may be uncomfortable or turn the stomachs of some can be lunch break conversations for biologists.  For example, we tend to be fascinated by the mating habits of this species or that species–it is how the species is perpetuated, how life continues.  I have something interesting about fish mating habits to share in this blog post …

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Aquatic Habitat Project in Progress at Bowman Lake

LINCOLN – An aquatic habitat improvement project has begun at Bowman Lake, just west of Loup City in Sherman County. Bowman Lake has long suffered from poor aquatic habitat conditions resulting in mediocre fishing opportunities. This rehabilitation project is designed to increase lake depth, deepen channels that connect main pools of water, and reduce excessive aquatic vegetation. In addition, shorelines will be reshaped to make them friendlier to anglers. An Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible fishing dock and concrete boat ramp …

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Youth Fishing Instructor Clinic

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A news release went out on this a couple of weeks ago, but I want to highlight it again.  If you are interested we could definitely use your help! Become a Certified Youth Fishing Instructor Aug. 20 LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors Aug. 20 at Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium, 21502 W. Neb. Hwy. 31, Gretna, from 9 a.m. to noon. Youth fishing instructors will receive training and tools to conduct fishing clinics. These volunteers …

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Motivation

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If you need it, there are all kinds of books, videos, and speakers available today to help you get motivated.  Motivated to do what?  I do not know, I guess motivated to do whatever you want to do, whoever you want to be. I want to catch big fish. Nothing motivates me more than some pictures or better yet, videos. . . . I know these videos have been present on the internet for at least a few days already, …

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Zebra Mussel Populations in Lewis and Clark Lake and Missouri River Increasing

LINCOLN – Adult zebra mussels are established along the entire length of the Missouri River in Nebraska, according to recent field inspections conducted by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission aquatic invasive species technicians. In addition to the presence of these invasive mussels in the river from Gavins Point Dam downstream to the Kansas border, the zebra mussel population in Lewis and Clark Lake has moved farther west on the Nebraska side. Adult mussels have been discovered at the Miller Creek …

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Several State Fishing Records Certified This Summer

LINCOLN – Several state fishing records have been certified this summer by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The records, by fishing method, are: Rod and Reel — Dylan Turner of Lincoln set a record June 4 when he landed a 2-pound, 4-ounce yellow bullhead at a private pond in Otoe County. He caught the 14¼-inch fish with a chicken liver. Bowfishing — Jason Nowaczyk of Elkhorn set a record June 25 when he arrowed a 9-pound, 14-ounce shortnose gar …

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State Record Update, August 2016

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It has been a few months since I have given a state record update and there are a few applications sitting on my desk. . . . Most of the activity in the state record program over the past few months has been in the bowfishing section, but I have one fish caught on rod & reel that I need to tell you about. Rod & Reel Yellow Bullhead We have had a run on state record Yellow Bullheads in …

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Large Channel Catfish Stocked in Select Urban and Parks Waters

LINCOLN – Young anglers in the Omaha, Lincoln and Kearney areas have a chance to catch some larger stocked channel catfish this summer. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission recently planted some catfish 5 pounds and larger in those areas. Lake Halleck in Papillion and Bowling Lake in Lincoln each received 60 of the large channel catfish, while Fort Kearny State Recreation Area’s Lake No. 6 received 30. “There are limited numbers of these fish that can be produced in …

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Common Carp Die-off at Davis Creek Reservoir

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This short news release went out last week: Common Carp Die-Off at Davis Creek Reservoir LINCOLN – Fisheries biologists from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are investigating a die-off of common carp at Davis Creek Reservoir south of North Loup in central Nebraska. A viral infection is the expected cause of the die-off, and samples have been taken to verify the cause. The reservoir remains open to fishing, and no other species of fish have been impacted. Anglers should …

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