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Summer Kill

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Gonna start this blog with a news release, like I often do, but then there is more to the story. . . . Major fish die-off investigated at Olive Creek Lake August 17, 2018 LINCOLN, Neb. – Low oxygen levels have caused a major die-off of fish at Olive Creek Lake, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The remaining fish population is suspected to be small. The die-off was reported by the public and investigated by Game and …

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Ocean of Grass

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Gonna take a break from my usual Friday blog material. . . . Yes, I am all about fishing, almost all the time.  I am also all about Nebraska, all the time.  I’m born and bred Nebraskan, my blood runs red, it is home, I love it. Someday I am going to write a blog about the Nebraska sandhills.  I have not done it yet because I am afraid I cannot capture my thoughts in words.  There have been a …

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Bonus Catfish

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I got outta the office this week to help stock some fish.  Stocking fish is nothing unusual, we will stock over 30 million fish in over 250 Nebraska waterbodies again this year, and once in a while I lend a hand. The species of fish I helped stock was nothing unusual either, channel catfish.  We will stock over 200 thousand channel catfish in over 160 different Nebraska waterbodies just this year.  No, what made this unusual was the size of …

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A Lake, or a Stream, is Reflection of its Watershed

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We live in a land that has been greatly altered by man.  You can see that in most every habitat in the state.  Many of our rivers and streams have been very much altered.  In fact, I would bet that if you could jump in a time machine and travel back a couple of hundred years, you would not even recognize some Nebraska rivers and streams. Naturally, a pointy-headed fisheries biologist could recite a long list of changes that have …

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Wow, Now the Internet Scouts Have Gone Too Far!

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I was surfin’ around the interwebs about a year ago and saw a headline that caught my eye: Thunder Bay lawyer says FOI request for fishing spot is without merit I will not copy and paste the story, but if you want to read it all you can HERE. What it said was there was a guy that paddled into some provincial park up in Canada and did a story on the big brook trout he caught there.  After seeing …

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Why Not Jump At The Chance For Bullfrog Season

It is a season that opens at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15th. It is an unusual season, but one that just reeks of adventure, challenge and tremendous entertainment value. And, trust me, this is season that will create memories and stories like no other! No, it is not a hunting season. IT is Nebraska’s bullfrog season. Look at the size of this adult North American Bullfrog being held by your blogger. Photo by Jo Momsen/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Bullfrog season. Really? Yep. I know what you’re thinking …

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Be Good with a Jig

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I have often said that a person can catch any fish that swims on a jig.  Now that is not a brilliant comment by any means because jigs come in an infinite variety of shapes, sizes, styles, colors, bodies, etc.  They are a very versatile fishing tool and can be used for a variety of species in a variety of fishing situations.  You should have pounds of them riding in your tackle box. The fact that they are so versatile …

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Tag a Monarch

Help Uncover a Mystery By Renae Blum, NEBRASKAland Contributor It’s one of the miracles of nature: each fall, millions of insects weighing less than one gram fly to overwintering sites in Mexico from across the United States, some traveling several thousand miles. This is the monarch butterfly, and the details of how this migration occurs are still surrounded by questions. Since 1992, Chip Taylor and his team at the University of Kansas have endeavored to find answers via a monarch …

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Cunningham Zebras

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Just about a month ago I blogged about suspect zebra mussel larvae being found at Cunningham Reservoir in north Omaha, Meanwhile on the Invasive Species Front. . . .  At that time I held out hope that the larvae that had been sampled was some other species of mussels.  Nope, the news has gone from bad to worse, Adult zebra mussels confirmed in Cunningham Lake August 3, 2018 LINCOLN, Neb. – The presence of adult zebra mussels in Omaha’s Cunningham Lake …

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Success in the Salt Marsh

The sun sets as shadows fall over a saline wetland and a muskrat hut at the Little Salt Fork Marsh Preserve.

It is just before dawn in Nebraska’s eastern saline wetlands. You sit quietly on the edge of a salt marsh – a nearly level pan of sparse vegetation and mud. Just in front of you water laps in rhythmic beats at the shoreline. On the opposite shore, the growing light gently begins to fill in the dark spaces, giving definition to the dusky shapes that have been murmuring in the distance. They are a mixed flock of shorebirds and waterfowl …

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