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Road Opens at Blue Lake

ALLIANCE — Nebraska Game and Parks Commission staff members have opened the road to Blue Lake, providing access for ice anglers at the popular fishing spot 22 miles north of Oshkosh. The two-track trail has been closed since the beginning of firearm deer season in November because of poor ice and road conditions. It was opened Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 30, when Game and Parks fisheries staff surveyed the area and determined conditions to be improved. A lease agreement between the …

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Bonnie and Paul

A recent issue of In-Fisherman magazine had a story on the back page about fishing dogs.  Matter of fact, that story was written by my boss, so you all better read it. I have ice-fished with my boss’s dog, Lizzie.  She is everything described in the story.  She loves it so much when someone is catching fish, that when she hears the water splashing in your ice hole, she comes running right over to investigate.  When I say “investigate”, I mean …

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State Record Summary, 2014

We are drawing to the end of another year, and with ice conditions the way they are right now, I am not expecting any more activity as far as state record fish are concerned.  So let me show a few pictures and give a quick review of the state record fish that were caught in the state this year. Archery The first state record fish that was taken in 2014 was a blue sucker taken while bow-fishing back in May. …

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Underwater Fish Strikes

I am still waiting for safe ice.  Got a little teaser for the rest of you that are doing the same: I know the underwater camera technology is advancing just like all electronics technology.  I have played with an underwater camera just a little bit on Nebraska waters and in most cases, even under the ice, I consider our waters to be stained enough that the underwater cameras are of limited use.  But, I am sure there are some situations …

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Any Tool is the Right Tool

Still waiting for safe ice; I have been digging through my tackle, buying new stuff, sorting, getting gear ready, thinking about a few things. . . . We use a variety of small jigs and “tear drops” for catching panfish through the ice.  Those baits match some of the smaller prey that those panfish eat during the winter.  Naturally, those small baits have small hooks, and those hooks are usually sharp and hook fish easily.  However, do NOT assume that they …

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Viscosity

Let me slip into my biologist/limnologist hat for this blog post.  No, I do not actually have a biologist/limnologist hat; it is the same as my fishing cap, which by the way, is on my head most of the time. I love to fish year-round, 12 months out of the year I will be on the water.  One of my strategies when the water is cold is to slow down, fish slower.  I have often told anglers that the reason …

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Ice Fishing Primer

Interested in getting into ice fishing?  Want to know what it takes to get started? We are hosting a “beginning ice fishing” workshop at the Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln this Thursday night, Dec. 11.  The Outdoor Education Center is located just north of Superior Street in north Lincoln, 44th and Superior. This will be a “classroom” workshop, so no, no hands-on ice-fishing this time.  We have some of those workshops coming later this winter, and we ain’t got enough ice …

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Preparing Wild Fish and Game on Great Outdoor Radio Show

Executive Chef Gene Cammarota of Omaha, NE gives you helpful hints on preparing wild fish and game for your guests over the holiday period on the Saturday morning Great Outdoor Radio Show I host. Gene is a chef with a dynamic personality and is well known in professional cooking circles. He is also an instructor at Iowa Western Community College’s Culinary Arts Program and hosts his own cooking show called “What’s Cookin’?” from 10-11 a.m. CST on Omaha radio station 1180 AM. My program airs LIVE every Saturday morning from …

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Thanksgiving Pheasout

My family and I got back “out west” for a long Thanksgiving weekend and we enjoyed every minute of it.  Yes, we spent a lot of time with family and in feasting, but we managed to slip outdoors a bit too. . . . You probably already have heard me tout the wide variety of hunting and fishing opportunities we have in Nebraska.  We ARE the mixed-bag capital of the world.  I love all of it, all of the hunting, fishing …

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News on the Aquatic Invasive Species Front

This news release went out recently.  If you use any of Nebraska’s waters for any purposes, you need to be aware of this: Invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels Found in Two South Dakota Reservoirs LINCOLN – On Nov. 14, a single live adult zebra mussel was discovered attached to a boat dock at the Midway boat ramp on the South Dakota side of Lewis and Clark Lake near Yankton, S.D. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (SDGFP) staff inspected 11 …

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