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Access to Blue Lake Temporarily Closed

LINCOLN – All access to Blue Lake in Garden County has been closed temporarily by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission because of deteriorating road conditions. Above-freezing temperatures in recent days have caused the 2.7-mile two-track trail to the lake to be difficult to pass. It has become soft and vulnerable to damage from vehicle traffic. The trail will reopen for access when conditions allow. A lease agreement with a private landowner allows for public use of the trail leading …

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Some Tips from the Ice

The extended forecast is not looking real good for our 2016 ice season, but I hope to squeeze out a few more days on the ice this winter.  I thought I would share some thoughts and tips I have been reminded of this winter. . . . I have said before that the variety of fishing lines we have available now is amazing.  I am old enough to remember when there were a handful of quality monofilament lines on the …

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Youth Fishing Instructor Certification Class

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I know this has been publicized already, but I want to give it another round and make sure as many folks as possible are aware of this opportunity: Rock Creek Station Hosting Youth Fishing Instructor Certification Jerry Kane January 19, 2016 Fishing, How To, NGPC News, Parks LINCOLN – Learn to teach youth and families the lifelong activity of fishing by becoming certified as a youth fishing instructor. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will conduct this free workshop Feb. …

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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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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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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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Collecting Old School Outdoor Things

My wife thinks I am a hoarder. I believe I am a collector of things. Everybody collects stuff, right? Some folks collect baseball cards and other sports memorabilia while still others collect everything from Mason canning jars to antique jewelry to knives. Me, well, I collect outdoor things  –  vintage outdoor things. The outdoor world is rife with items to collect, whether legally obtained from the wild, homemade or manufactured. I even have an old Nebraska Game and Parks Commission …

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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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