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My 40th Year at Game and Parks

Forty years is very long time for anything, isn’t it? Forty years is an exceptionally long time for working at the same organization. Think about — four decades. WOW! This year, 2019, marks the beginning of my 40th year at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. My career spans a few different divisions within the agency – Fisheries, Parks and Information and Education (now Communications). I am currently the public information officer and manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks …

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Good Advice

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I posted one of these videos in my blog a couple of weeks ago, the same cast of characters talked about panfish regulations in that video.  This one is from last year, but it is just as good!  It is also a little shorter, but again, worth every minute! We live in an age when there is more information, more advice, available than ever before.  Believe me, I am part of it.  And, believe me, a lot of it is …

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At Least I Can Talk Ice-Fishing

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Due to the lack of safe ice, my season certainly has been less than what I hoped for so far.  However, that is NOT going to keep me from talking about it! Yes, I know what the forecast says.  I am leaving early to make sure I am there.  This classroom session can be a “go” no matter what; I am planning on it! No, there will be no on-ice clinic on Sunday.  Sorry. Fort Kearny ice-fishing event canceled LINCOLN, …

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State Record Summary, 2018

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Time again to look back and give an “annual report” on the state record fish that were registered last year: Surface Spearfishing There were two fish certified as surface spearfishing records in 2018, both of them silver carp, both taken by the same angler.  The first was a 4 pound 11 ounce fish taken in May and then the bigger fish, 6 pounds 10 ounces, was taken later in the month, both taken from the Missouri River in Sarpy County. …

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Fisheries Meetings 2019

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News release went out late last week, but I want to publicize this as much as possible: Learn about Nebraska fisheries management at public informational meetings LINCOLN, Neb. – Anglers can learn about the status of Nebraska fisheries by attending one of seven public informational meetings this winter. Attendees will hear a presentation by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on current and future projects, aquatic invasive species, regulations, and a fishing forecast. Staff then will answer fisheries-related questions. All …

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Dreamin’

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Looks doubtful that I will get on the ice this weekend.  Stinkin’ weather!  I guess I will just continue to dream about it. . . . While day-dreaming, I have stumbled onto these “Sixty Seconds Underwater” videos by Engbretson Underwater Photography.  These fuel my dreaming and even though they are only sixty seconds at a time, if you watch you will learn some things about your favorite fish! Some things I notice in those videos:  Cruising fish are active fish, …

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What They Said

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There is a video that has been making the rounds on the interwebs; it is about a subject I have already been on my “soap box” about once this winter.  In fact, some of you get tired of my pointy-headed ramblings on the subject; some have even called me some kind of fascist about it.  So, don’t listen to me, take a few minutes and listen to some of the best ice sticks in the world and see what they …

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Some News Items

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Got a couple, three quick news items I want to call attention to; nothing major, but if you fish you should know about these: 2019 Fishing Guide The 2019 Fishing Guide is available on-line, now.  Click the highlight.  I am expecting delivery of the “hard copies” any day now, and as soon as we get them they will be distributed around the state. There are a few regulation changes that you should know about, so be sure to take a …

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First Day Fish

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With the holidays and everything, I skipped a blog post this week.  Kinda hard to blog from a bucket on the ice deep in the Nebraska sandhills. Sue me. Unfortunately, I am back in the office now, let me give a quick adventure report from the past few days. My New Year’s Day and the calendar New Year’s Day corresponded this year.  Unfortunately, the first fish I could catch through the ice this year, the beginning of my “New Year”, …

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An Ice Storm Feast

Photographs after an ice storm. I woke up on the morning of January 17 with a clear plan of attack. The biggest ice storm in a decade had ended the previous evening, and the forecast had correctly predicted clear skies and calm winds for the post-storm sunrise. Road crews had worked through the night, allowing me to slowly and carefully make my way across Aurora to a series of restored prairies along Lincoln Creek. It was going to be an …

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