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Ice Fishing Clinics

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Just this morning I had a gentleman ask me questions about getting started ice-fishing.  I had an easy answer for him!  Attend one of our Discover Ice Fishing Clinics! The first of those for this winter is scheduled for this coming Saturday, Jan. 14, at Lake Wanahoo just north of the town of Wahoo.  We will “set up shop” there at the main boat ramp on the west side of the reservoir and will be there from 1:00 p.m. to …

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Whatcha Doing This Weekend?

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If you read the title to this blog, I hope your answer is “spending some time on the ice”!  Assuming you have some safe ice to fish on, that is exactly what I would tell you to do!  However, if you are bouncing around the Omaha area this Saturday, perhaps cashing in some of those holiday gift cards, you might want to swing by here: If you do, stop by and tell me an ice-fishing story, ask some questions, show me …

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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 have access to Nebraska Game and Parks’ loaner fishing equipment and educational materials for events, as well …

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2017 Fishing Guide

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I want to get a blog post about this up right away. . . . You can now see the 2017 Fishing Guide. The “hard copy” versions will be delivered early next week and we will get them distributed around the state ASAP!  If you are worried about not seeing the 2017 Fishing Guide yet, about not having a hard copy to take fishing with you, I can tell you that there are NO fishing regulation changes for this year. …

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Get Fit for Hunting and Fishing in 2017

You just read the title of this blog and I know what you’re thinking (or voicing aloud): “Come on, Greg, really? Hunters and anglers need to be physically fit?” After all, we are mainly just sitting in blinds and boats, right? Au contraire. Consider those long walks early in the morning, tromping through dense woods, back loaded with gear while fighting the elements to get to a deer or turkey hunting blind. And, consider those long hot days in the …

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Plastics on Ice

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The equipment advances on the ice-fishing front in the past decade or two have literally been mind-boggling.  There is so much modern ice-fishing equipment available now that makes it a lot easier to ice-fish and makes us a lot more effective catching fish through the ice.  It all works, they are all different tools for different jobs, the key is using the right tools. A variety of small jigs have been the standard for catching panfish through the ice for …

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Walleye Drop

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Now here’s my idea of a New Year’s Eve party! Happy New Year everyone!  I will be taking some time off, never fear, will be on the ice in Nebraska somewhere, looking for a walleye (and others).  I promise not to drop them!

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Anglers should be aware of ice conditions

LINCOLN – Spending a day on the ice with family and friends can be a fun way to enjoy a day over the holidays. Recent warmer temperatures, wind and rain may have degraded ice conditions in some areas of the state. Because of that, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission warns ice anglers to use extreme caution when venturing onto the ice. The minimum ice thickness for supporting ice fishing is at least 4 inches of clear, solid ice. Game …

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State Record Update, Fall 2016, Addendum

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Back in November I gave what I believed was my final “State Record Update” for 2016.  Nope.  Wouldn’t you know it, no sooner had I got that done and another state record application showed up on my desk.  This one was another fish taken by rod & reel, but it was a bit of an unusual catch–a grass pickerel! On October 17 this fall, Christopher Butts of O’Neill captured his state record pickerel from a highway borrow pit in Holt …

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Merry Christmas!

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Going to be in and out of the office the next few days, mostly out, mostly on the ice! Wanna leave you with a Christmas scene and best wishes for the holiday season. There is a spectacular light display in our neighborhood.  Honestly, I have never met the folks, never talked to them, do not know who they are, but the back corner of their display had an underwater scene a year ago.  If I did not know better, I …

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