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Paddlefish Snagging Permits

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A news release went out on this, but again I want to spread the word and call attention to it: Limited number of paddlefish snagging permits available for purchase LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska residents will be able to purchase 2019 paddlefish snagging permits that were forfeited during the paddlefish snagging permit draw. The permits will go on sale on Monday, Aug. 19, at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time, and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Twenty permits are …

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Collecting Cool, Old-School Outdoor Things

My wife thinks I am a hoarder. I believe I am a collector of things. I tell my wife, Polly, that a collector finds value in one type of thing but the hoarder finds beauty, thus the reason for keeping everything. I don’t keep everything. Just the cool things of value, whether intrinsically or monetarily, that I find outdoors to be displayed. Look, everybody collects stuff, right? Some folks collect baseball cards and other sports memorabilia while still others collect …

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Hopping and Squirming

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Last week I wrote a blog about all of the high water and flooding we have seen in the state this year and the many impacts that will have on our aquatic resources and fish populations (Water, water everywhere).  I am not going to re-hash that blog here, you can read it if you want to know the many negative, and positive benefits we will realize from all the water we have had this year. No, in this blog post …

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On the Air

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Heading over tomorrow to be on my buddy Greg Wagner’s radio show.  That is nothing new, Greg has me over a few times every year to talk fishing in Nebraska.  What is new is Greg’s Great Outdoor radio show has a new home, Boomer Radio.  You can listen live right HERE, 9:00 a.m. Central Time, or catch us later on the Pod Cast. As usual when I am on Greg’s radio show, the topic will be fishing in Nebraska.  Listen, …

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A Berry Good Time Of Year In Nebraska

I always get rather impatient this time of year. Is it the hunting seasons that are forthcoming? No, not really. Then, why? Well, I am anxiously waiting to harvest elderberries. Elderberries! Yep. I am thinking about that tasty elderberry jelly that a buddy of mine makes. Oh, so good! It is berry picking time in Nebraska or nearing it and not just for elderberries but for other popular wild fruits and berries as well. In fact, I have already gathered …

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Water, water everywhere

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Without a doubt, this has been a wet year in Nebraska.  If you look at a map of precipitation since Jan. 1, most of the state is above average and parts of the state are well above average. The result of all of that water has been high water levels in rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, pits and ponds, and in fact many of those waterbodies have experienced flooding this year.  We all know that there have been some devastating consequences …

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Turtle Men

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Some times I have a plan for blog posts, have an idea what I am going to blog about days in advance. And some days I have no idea. Today was one of those days, then I started going through my e-mails and something fell into my lap.  Well, not literally falling into my lap, maybe fell into my ears would be a better description. . . . I have told you before about fishstories.org, a project I was introduced …

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Trout Slam Update, Summer 2019

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It has been way too long since I have given an update on our Trout Slam challenge.  Yes, there has been less interest since the challenge was introduced, and there is good reason for that–I will explain in just a minute.  However, folks are still out there catching trout, still making progress towards completing their Trout Slam! As of right now we have had 116 anglers enter 223 fish for the Trout Slam.  There have been a few mis-identifications or …

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Quick Update, July 29, 2019

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I know this is not much of an update, and many will not care, but it does include several fishing areas, so I want to get the word out.  After our most recent round of flooding in central Nebraska, Several state park areas reopen to public use after flooding LINCOLN, Neb. – Several state recreation areas in the central portion of Nebraska have reopened to the public after closure due to flooding. Union Pacific, Johnson Lake and Gallagher Canyon state …

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