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Freeze Up, Again

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Got an interesting photo from one of our “fish squeezers” on the water already this spring. . . . We do not have a large request for pike stocking in Nebraska waters this year, but we do have some.  So, that means crews venture forth as soon as the ice is out to set nets to capture spawning pike.  Only problem is, sometimes after those nets get set, it re-freezes.  That means someone has a lot of ice to chop! If …

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Youth Fishing Instructor Training, Spring 2017

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I want to publicize this class one more time! Become a certified youth fishing instructor April 1 LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors April 1 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. This free training will take place at the education center, located at 4703 N. 44th St., from 9 a.m. to noon. Fishing instructors will receive training and tools to conduct youth fishing clinics. These volunteers will …

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Doodling

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You can go back to notebooks I had in high school and find a variety of fish-related doodles scattered over the pages.  The more boring the class, the more doodles.   Any former professors or teachers that might be reading this blog post:  Of course none of those doodles were from any of your classes, I was never bored in your classes. (Ha) I have never grown up.  I still do the same thing when I am stuck in boring …

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Now is the best time to fish for northern pike

LINCOLN, Neb. – Early spring is a great time to fish for northern pike, and Nebraska offers several great places to do so, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Northern pike are best suited for colder environments; they are one of the first species to spawn in the spring. Spawning is currently underway, which means pike are coming up into the shallows to spawn on rooted vegetation. During and immediately after spawning, pike can be easily caught by …

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Where Have All My Heroes Gone?

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Every now and then life leads me to write something of a personal nature here on my blog.  This is going to be one of those posts.  I write these mostly for me, it helps me to take some of the ramblings going on in my head, and put them on a computer screen (don’t actually write them down on paper anymore).  If you wish to read it too, that is fine. . . . It is natural when we …

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What’s Biting? Northern Pike

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So far this has been a typical early spring in Nebraska.  We have had beautiful warm days that have everyone revved-up and ready to fish, and then we have slap-in-the-face reality as the wind howls, the temperature drops below freezing, and it snows, again!  Welcome to springtime in Nebraska! The wild swings in weather make spring fishing especially frustrating, but fortunately we have a variety of fish that can be found in Nebraska waters including cold- and cool-water species that …

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“Rub-a-dub-dub”

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Some of our buddies over at Nebraska’s Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) investigated an odd phenomenon this winter that I want to tell you about.  Seems as though our somewhat unusual winter rains and runoff created a head of foam on some rivers in eastern Nebraska.  These pictures were taken on the Big Blue River in southeast Nebraska and Hadar Creek in the northeast: Greg Michl along with Dave Bubb, also of NDEQ, shot some video on the Big Blue near Holmesville …

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Take boater safety course before season begins

LINCOLN, Neb. – While boating season still is months away, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission suggests that now is the time to take a boater safety course. A list of boating safety classes is available at boatsafenebraska.org. The list includes six-hour classroom courses and three-hour home-study review and test courses. More classes will be added to the list during the year. Persons born after Dec. 31, 1985, who operate a motorboat or personal watercraft in Nebraska, must have successfully …

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Squeezing Pike, Spring 2017

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Last week I teased you with a couple pictures of some pike our Game & Parks Commission fisheries biologists have had their hands on already this spring.  I promised to give you some more details; let me keep that promise. . . . This will be the sixth year we have been tagging northern pike at Lake Wanahoo.  Without boring you with all of the details about that work, please go back and read these previous blog posts, if you …

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Spring Trout Stocking, 2017

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As soon as the ice starts melting, my phone starts ringing–“When are the trout going to be stocked?” Well, now I know: Nebraska Game and Parks announces spring trout stocking schedule LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is stocking catchable-size rainbow trout in city ponds and lakes across the state in March to enhance spring fishing opportunities. Fishing for stocked rainbow trout is an excellent way for families to introduce young and new anglers to fishing as …

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