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If you have ever done any still-fishing you likely have a rod holder or three.  In addition, if you have been serious about fishing that way, you might even have some sort of bite indicator, some audio alarm to get you outta your lawn chair and over to your rod. Back in the day, the Bauer clan took rod holders and bite indicators to a whole ‘nother level. At least once a summer, Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, aunts, …

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Trout Tactics

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My friends at Seven Fish recently posted a video on casting spinners for some of our put & take trout.  There are some excellent fishing tips in the video, take a few minutes and watch it! That reminded me a similar video from a few years back, and besides the spinners you can catch those trout on small crankbaits and spoons too! If I am fishing one of our put & take trout fisheries, I often start by casting and retrieve …

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Conestoga, Finish Line in Sight!

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Our Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation project at Conestoga Reservoir west of Lincoln has taken a while to complete.  Ain’t no excuses for that, and in fact there is no reason to make excuses–it takes some time to move over a half-million cubic yards of sediment.  There literally are a couple of new hills that were created with all of that sediment. No, “mother nature” did not do us any favors as too much precipitation slowed progress on the project over and …

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Species of greatest conservation need identified

LINCOLN, Neb. – The list of Nebraska species of greatest conservation need has been revised. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and other species experts recently reviewed and revised the list, which is identified in the State Wildlife Action Plan. The development and implementation of the Plan is the goal of the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project. The Plan serves as a blueprint for conserving Nebraska’s native plants, animals, and their habitats by working collaboratively with partners, communities and individuals. One …

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Pretty Time of Year, Pretty Fish Too!

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I was wondering what to blog about today, it’s Friday and you know I try to keep things “light” for the weekend. Stepped outside for a bit over the lunch hour; since our mini-ice age earlier this week, the weather has been gorgeous and many of our trees are at their fall-color peak right now. And then it hit me:  Just post some of my favorite, pretty, fall-fishing pictures. Nebraska is a great place for sunrises and sunsets, and I …

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Cornhusker Fly Fishers

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I will always tell you that if you like to fish, if you want to improve as an angler, join a fishing club!  I can think of no better way to learn, plus it is a whole lot of fun to hang out with a bunch of folks who have the same interests, and our local fishing organizations are a huge asset in supporting our fisheries and our sport! I know this is short notice, but I will be at …

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Fall Trout Stocking Update

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I hate publishing the lists of trout stockings in spring and fall because I know plans change.  I have helped with a fish stocking or three in my career and I know that things do not always go as planned. . . . Two Omaha rainbow trout stockings rescheduled LINCOLN, Neb. – Catchable-size rainbow trout will be stocked in three Omaha waters Oct. 16. The Grove Trout Rearing Station in Antelope County will stock 450 trout at Hitchcock Park Pond, …

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Go Slow, Go Big, or Go Home

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Does not matter what part of Nebraska you live in, the past couple of weeks have been wet and they have been cold.  Some parts of our state have already seen significant snow.  To say we are in the middle of fall would be an understatement because the weather has been a whole lot like late fall/early winter.  If you are one of the few who has been spending some time on the water, you know the water temps. have …

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Funding available for brush removal and pasture infrastructure

LINCOLN, Neb. – Producers in south-central and southeastern Nebraska now can apply for funding to help improve grasslands for grazing and wildlife. Cost-share of up to 75 percent is available to install management practices. Management practices eligible for financial assistance include: brush management, payment for grazing management, resting rangeland, prescribed fire, fencing and watering facilities for livestock, converting cropland to grassland bird habitat, and more. Through the Grassland Bird Initiative, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) …

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It is October and Fish Sampling is in the Air

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Our Nebraska Game & Parks Commission fisheries professionals are always busy doing something.  Each season brings a different set of jobs and duties.  Autumn is when much of our fish population sampling is done, and our field biologists are on the water throughout the state right now.  Yes, that work goes on in the rain, sleet, snow, wind, whatever.  We do some sampling for species such as black bass and sunfish in the spring, and there are a few other …

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