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Buckskin Hills WMA boat ramp temporarily closed for replacement

LINCOLN, Neb. – The boat ramp at Buckskin Hills Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is closed temporarily through the remainder of May. The existing boat ramp will be replaced and concrete parking pads will be added by the end of the month. Anglers are encouraged to use Powder Creek Reservoir in Dixon County, Chalkrock Lake WMA in Cedar County, or Kramper Lake in Dakota County as alternatives until construction is complete. Buckskin Hills WMA is located 5 miles southwest of Newcastle …

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Ramp Replacement, Hershey I-80 Lake

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Just a quick news item to blog about today, and I know it will not impact a lot of Nebraska anglers, but it will impact some. . . . In recent years we have made some boat ramp and angler access improvements on interstate lakes.  There are always some unexpected challenges with any project, and sometimes things just do not come out quite right the first time. Hershey I-80 Lake is a long-time favorite of mine, have spent a lot …

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Free Fishing and Park Entry Day is May 20

LINCOLN, Neb. – Free Fishing and Park Entry Day in Nebraska is May 20. Enjoy a Saturday of fishing or state park activities without the need to purchase a fishing or park entry permit for the day. Free Fishing and Park Entry Day, held annually in Nebraska on the Saturday preceding Memorial Day weekend, means anyone can explore outdoor opportunities at any Nebraska state park, state recreation area or state historical park. Anglers must observe all fishing regulations. Camping, lodging …

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Jeffrey Lake WMA boat ramp to close temporarily for dredging

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Jeffrey Lake Wildlife Management Area boat ramp will close temporarily as the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID) begins dredging operations on or about May 1. While the ramp will close during the three months of dredging, the area will remain open to public access. Sediment has accumulated in the lake’s basin, which has restricted boat travel from one end of the lake to the other. Dredging will improve boat travel and aquatic habitat …

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FUNdamentals of Fishing

He is adorable. He is unpredictable. He is often impatient. He is moving almost nonstop from morning to night. And, from all indicators, he absolutely loved his first fishing experience! He is my grandson, 17-month old Jackson Edward Wagner. For young kids, exposure to something means everything. It’s the make up of young children to touch the very things in their environment that even their parents find somewhat squeamish. University of Chicago research shows that touch is one of the most important senses for developing children because it helps …

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Valentine kids’ fishing clinic set for May 6

LINCOLN, Neb. – Area youth are invited to join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and Valentine Lions Club for a kids’ fishing clinic at the Valentine State Fish Hatchery on May 6. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the clinic starts at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Free rod/reel combos provided by the Nebraska Walleye Association and donations from other local sponsors will be handed out to the first 75 registrants. In the morning, participants will learn about knots, …

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2017 Pallid Sturgeon Broodstock Collection

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I have tried a few times this spring to give you an idea of how busy Nebraska fisheries workers are at this time of year.  One of the largest efforts we have every spring is the collection of endangered pallid sturgeon from the Missouri River.  The goal of that effort is to collect reproductive pallid sturgeon adults, broodstock, that then can be used to produce small pallid sturgeon for re-introduction/re-stocking.  Here, just read this year’s newsletter for details: For a …

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NEWS FLASH! Attention Central Nebraska Canal Anglers

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I debated whether to blog about this or not, but then I thought if you were an angler that fishes the canal system in central Nebraska, you need to know about this.  I know several of you are! News Release (HOLDREGE, Neb.) – The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, working in conjunction with the Nebraska Public Power District, has decreased outflows from Lake McConaughy significantly to aid in a recovery effort related to a vehicle entering NPPD’s Keystone …

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What We Have Been Seeing

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Spring is a very busy time for Nebraska Game & Parks Commission fisheries workers; fish to be stocked, fish to be spawned, sampling to be done, eggs to be hatched, etc., etc.  I will always tell you that in our field work we do NOT necessarily see the biggest fish that are present in our waters.  If you want to see that, anglers as a group target big fish and are most likely to encounter the biggest fish in any …

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Jeffrey Update

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If you frequent Jeffrey Reservoir south of Brady, you are aware of the dredging work that was done there last summer. Looks like more is on the drawing board for this year. . . . (HOLDREGE, Neb.) – The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District is making preparations for a second round of dredging at Jeffrey Lake which will begin in early May. Last summer Central removed a large amount of sediment from the lake.  Central has leased a …

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