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Adventure Report, Yes, It Is Summer

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I have been a few places the past couple weeks, need to give you a little report on what I have been seeing on the water. . . . Reservoir White Bass I had a couple of evenings on Calamus Reservoir and as is often the case there, on one I got stormed out.  I will fish in about any conditions except when the lightning starts flashing.  I have been on Calamus enough times with thunderstorms approaching to know that …

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8 Reasons to Tackle Bluegill this Summer

Maybe it’s the kid in me, I don’t know. But, at 54 years of age (approaching 55), I still enjoy catching bluegill from the bank in summer, how about you? I know, I know, the lowly bluegill, a sunfish family member with more nicknames than a popular sports figure, is a prey species that doesn’t get very big. Why would I waste my time along the shoreline or on a pier catching and releasing THIS FISH? Let me tell you why. In my view, …

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Some Bass Love for Nebraska!

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Recently I found a story on-line about bass fishing, that would be black bass, largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, in Nebraska.  It was published on Bass Resource, and it is right on when it comes to some of the bass fishing opportunities in Nebraska.  Take a few minutes to read the article, Cornhusker Largemouths. I have always said that Nebraska has some excellent black bass opportunities, but anglers need to keep in mind that our best largemouth bass habitats are for the …

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Women invited to Beyond BOW Summer Shooting Series

LINCOLN, Neb. – Women who want to learn or increase their knowledge of shooting sports are invited to participate in the Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Summer Shooting Series. Expert instructors will teach participants all aspects of shooting sports, including safety. No prior experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided. Following are upcoming classes in July: July 12 – Introduction to Rifles, Platte River State Park (SP), 6-8 p.m., $10 fee July 15 – Ladies Day at the Range, …

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Learn bow fishing at Mahoney SP July 29-30

LINCOLN, Neb. – Learn all aspects of bow fishing at a clinic July 29-30 at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. Participants will learn basic bow fishing skills, including knowledge of archery equipment and fish identification. The free event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at CenturyLink Lake. A park entry permit is required.

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Seriously, Crayfish

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A couple weeks ago I had a little fun with a story I read about researchers getting crayfish drunk, And Now Even Our Crayfish Are Drunk!  Sometimes I wonder if anyone appreciates my pointy-headed sense of humor?  Previously in my blog, I have warned that fish biologist types tend to be a little warped. Hey, I resemble that remark! Then I got to thinking, there is some serious crayfish biology I can tell you about, should tell you about . …

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You Cannot Judge a Catfish by its Colors

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Happens every year about this time, I hear reports of folks catching “blue” catfish, here, there, lots of different waters.  Problem is, they really ain’t blue catfish.  They are just big ole male channel catfish getting ready to spawn.  So, if you will bear with me playing the role of pointy-headed fish biologist, again, for a bit, let me give a little lesson in fish identification. . . . We have three large catfish species in Nebraska waters, channel, blue …

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8 Important Reminders for River Tubers

Leisurely floating on one of Nebraska’s many scenic rivers or streams in an inflated inner tube is a cool, refreshing, relaxing, way to enjoy a hot summer day with family and friends, isn’t it? Oh, yes! Summer river tubing is fun, there is nothing like it! However, some recreational tubers on rivers get into trouble and actually end up spoiling their own float trip as well as the reputation of other law-abiding, ethical tubers on rivers! In addition, river tubing often provides the first …

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Ice House Pond

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I want to call attention to some news from the past week.  Let me repeat the news release here: Low water levels at Ice House Pond on Fort Robinson State Park CRAWFORD, Neb. – A broken dam board in the outlet structure at the lower Ice House Pond on Fort Robinson State Park caused the water level to drop about 10 feet during the weekend. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has been in the process of designing aquatic habitat …

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Siouxland Fly Fishing Club

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Heading north again to meet with my friends in the Siouxland Fly Fishing Club.  They meet every month at the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center on the edge of Sioux City.  If I remember right, they get together to do a little fly-tying at 9:00 a.m., meeting starts at 10:00, and I will start rambling some time shortly after that.  This time I have a program on the role of fish stocking in fisheries management to share with them. Once again …

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