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Some News Items, Aug. 24, 2020

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I have a miscellany of items I want to highlight today, nothing major, but of interest to Nebraska anglers! Boat ramp now open at Indian Cave State Park LINCOLN, Neb. – The boat ramp at Indian Cave State Park is open for use following repairs. During the brief closure, silt was removed from the area, a guardrail was replaced and riprap was repaired along the bank. An entry permit is required of each vehicle entering Indian Cave State Park, which …

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Moment of Chill

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If you have not needed a minute or three during this whole coronavirus thing to sit down, count to 10, and chill out, well, maybe you are asleep. Then the stinkin’ “Big 10” goes nuclear and ruins our whole Husker football and volleyball seasons.  AAAAArrrrrrgggggghhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! The absolute best remedy for that is time on the water.  Hope you get to do that, and soon! But if you need a minute, right now, right where you sit: If you are like …

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Change

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Some of us pointy-headed fish biologists share an adage, “The only constant in nature is change.” If you live in Nebraska, you should know that is truth.  Our weather is always changing.  Our climate changes from year to year.  We have wet spells, dry spells.  I have heard sandhillers say, no matter how wet it has been, that we are never more than about three weeks away from the next drought. That is life in the Great Plains. If you …

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The Long and Short of It

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Just want to mention a couple of friendly reminders in my blog today.  I hear a lot of things from a lot of anglers, and it seems there are always a lot of misconceptions and misinformation. . . . Total Length There are a lot of ways to measure fish.  With length limits you WILL need to measure at least some of them.  Pointy-headed fisheries biologists measure what we call total length.  The total length of a fish is measured …

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Otters

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I have had several blogs about Nebraska mustelids (members of the weasel family).  Badgers and skunks have provided some entertaining encounters, and I often share a shoreline with a semi-aquatic mink while I am fishing.  Mink were one of my Gramps Roth’s favorite catches on his trap line, and they have been for me too. There is another semi-aquatic mustelid that I am still waiting to run into–otters. On a couple of occasions at Calamus Reservoir, I believe I saw …

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Zebco Runs Through It

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I suppose I better explain the reference in the title of this blog, some of you ain’t old enough to get it. Back in 1992, you know, last century, there was a movie called A River Runs Through It.  It was about fly-fishing. Actually, it was about a lot more than that.  If you really want to know, check out the old Siskel and Ebert Review. My review is shorter:  It was about the adventures of two Maclean brothers growing …

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Why Not Jump At The Chance For Bullfrogs

It is a season that opens at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, August 15th here in eastern Nebraska. It is an unusual season, but one that just reeks of adventure, challenge and tremendous entertainment value. And, trust me, this is the season that will create memories and stories like no other! No, it is not a hunting season. IT is Nebraska’s bullfrog season. Look at the size of this adult North American Bullfrog being held by your blogger. Photo by Jo …

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Good and Bad

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By all accounts, this whole coronavirus thing has done is put more people on the water.  There is no doubt we have more folks fishing this year.  That is a good thing, and you know I have touted that time spent fishing is good for health, good for the soul.  You can grab a rod, get outside, socially distance, and get away from all the lunacy.  A lot of families that had their summer sports seasons canceled have discovered they …

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Saxsquatch

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It was just earlier this year that I learned that Big Foot’s name was Daryl! Good name. Now, I find out he also plays the sax! If that does not mellow you for the weekend, he has a whole YouTube channel, Saxsquatch! And, be sure to check out his website for all the CD’s, even old records and of course T-shirts! Many of you know that Sasquatch (and a variety of other wild creatures) guard some of my best fishing …

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State Record Update, August 2020

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I have not provided the usual state record updates this year.  There was a slow start to the year with little to report.  Then, June rolled around and there were three, big, state record fish caught in back-to-back-to-back weeks.  I blogged almost immediately about them because they were so notable .  Let me get back on track by giving a full run-down here.  Might as well start from the beginning, way back in February. . . . Silver Carp Hayden …

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