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No Ice Required for this Winter Fishing

If the mild weather in Nebraska has you, the avid angler, singing the ice fishing blues, then take note! There is an open-water fishing option in Nebraska during the coldest part of the year. It involves trout and would give you the chance to work on completing the Trout Slam challenge. So, grab the neoprene waders and gloves, and rig the spinning rod, it is time to go winter trout stream fishing! Fed by groundwater springs, many of Nebraska’s trout …

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Talk a Big Game

If I hear one more perky TV girl talk about how nice the weather has been this winter, I am going to start throwing tomatoes.  I imagine security would prevent me from doing that live, in the studio, so my big screen at home might get some abuse. Between lack of ice and snowstorms, I still have not been on the ice fishing.  I am getting grumpier by the day. But, that will not prevent me from talking about it …

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Be It Resolved. . . .

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Gotta be honest with you.   I am still “out of the office”, but still have not been on the ice.  It embarrasses and pains me to say that!  Actually, I have been on it a couple, three times, but have not found any safe enough to fish.  Now, I am fully aware that ice fishing is occurring in parts of our great state.  Just is, I have not been there, yet.  Oh, over the holidays I thought I would make …

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The Soul of the Prairie

What does a scarcity of bison mean for Nebraska’s grasslands? The plains bison has earned its standing as an iconic large animal of the American prairie. That status was reinforced a few years ago when the bison was named the national mammal of the United States. Bison capture the imagination of people like few other grassland animals, but there are not many places where you can still find them within big prairie landscapes. Before European Settlement Everyone has heard stories …

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Advancing Groundhogs

Look Out Nebraska! Groundhogs, whistle pigs or woodchucks are all synonymous with a large squirrel commonly active during the day and seen frequently on the edges of woodlots, rivers, streams, fields and even in backyards across eastern parts of the United States. Punxsutawney Phil of Pennsylvania is likely the most famous woodchuck of all, and along with other individuals from the Eastern United States, supposedly predicts the length of winter based on seeing its shadow (or not) on Groundhog Day, …

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Merry Christmas, 2019

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Not going to be in the office much the next few days.  Not going to be on the key-board.  So, on my way out the door. . . Merry Christmas! I would much rather wish you happy holidays from a bucket on the ice instead of sitting behind my desk.  Hopefully, that will be the case! I do have one gift that some of you have been looking for. . . . The “hard copy” of the 2020 Fishing Forecast …

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Ralphie

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No, not that Ralphie, not the one in the pink bunny suit.  Yes, I know ’tis the season. This “Ralphie” That is my co-worker here at the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Ralph Wall.  Ralph has been our radio and TV guy for many years, about 24 of them.  He is retiring at the end of the year.  Ralph has worked for our agency since we had our own TV show on Nebraska public TV.  Many of you will know …

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Fall Review 2019

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I will fish every month, every year, somewhere in Nebraska for some species of fish.  However, I will confess that there are certain times of the year when I am a lot more serious about my fishing. You might be surprised to know that spring is not my favorite time to be on the water.  There are a lot better times when the weather is more consistent, the fish are less interested in reproduction and more interested in feeding, and …

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December Trout Stockings

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Quick news item today; there are some more trout stockings we try to get  in just before freeze up.  Here is the news release: More trout stockings for Lincoln, Omaha, Mahoney SP LINCOLN, Neb. – Rainbow trout will be stocked in Lincoln, Omaha and Eugene T. Mahoney State Park waters this month to provide excellent fishing opportunities this winter. Trout are scheduled to be stocked at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake and Bowling Lake (south pond) and Mahoney’s CenturyLink Lake on Dec. …

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Crazy?

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Found this meme on Respect the Fish FaceBook page.  I like it.  What’s not to like about a Patrick F. McManus quote? Besides that, I resemble that remark! Am I crazy?  Yep, crazy like a fox! It is “Friday the 13th”.  There was a full moon this week, AND I saw a black squirrel in my backyard this morning. What does it all mean? Hopefully, it means ice, SOON! Have a great weekend!

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