I got drawn into an on-line discussion the other day about the variable colorations of rainbow trout. The discussion got me thinking about the different colored rainbows I have caught from a variety of Nebraska waters. I put together a little “collage” of some of them: Rainbow trout are a species that has been “domesticated”. They have been selectively bred to be easy to raise in a hatchery. As a result, there are a variety of different “strains” of rainbow …Read More »
It Is All Relative
It is early spring and our waters are cold. Without a doubt I hear anglers ask more about water temperatures at this time of year than any other. There may be some reasoning behind that, but water temperature may not be as important as some think it is. Don’t get me wrong. I have carried a thermometer of some kind with me on every fishing trip since I was a kid. I have logged water temperatures from thousands of fishing …Read More »
Smile, Fins up, Click
My buddy Greg Wagner blogged last week about taking good deer photos after a successful deer hunt. That got me thinking: Most of Greg’s tips are excellent for taking good fish photos too! You know the shots I am talking about, the “hero” shots. You caught a big fish and want a good picture of it. Many of us have albums full of such photos. So, take the time to read Greg’s blog, and then you know I have another …Read More »
And Now Our Fish Are Stoned!
Back in June I told you about drunk crayfish, And Now, Even Our Crayfish are Drunk. Well, the unthinkable has happened again! Check out this headline! Scientest Gave Fish Marijuana to See If It Would Make Them Relax Go ahead, follow the link, read the story. I ain’t making this stuff up! Wow, I am afraid these kinds of research projects give us pointy-headed biologists bad reputations. Seems as though all we can think about is getting crayfish drunk and …Read More »
Through the ages fish and fishing have generated innumerable superstitions. Gramps Roth always told me I had to hold my mouth just right to catch fish. To this day, I am trying to figure out what he meant by that? No doubt a lot of that superstition arises from the fact that we cannot see below the surface of the water and directly observe fish behavior. Some days it seems that purely random events are the difference between catching fish and …Read More »
We are in the middle of the summer and have already had some stretches of hot weather in Nebraska. No doubt there is more of that in the forecast. Believe me, I am not in a hurry to get out and fish hard during the heat and humidity, especially during the middle of the day. But, I ain’t about to quit fishing either. So, what is an angler to do? How can we scratch some fish even during these “dog …Read More »
I will never tell you that fish are smart. The biggest trophy you have ever caught in Nebraska has a brain about the size as the end of your finger. I am afraid those of you who arrive home and announce that the fish “out-smarted” you after a catch-less day are setting the bar very low for yourself. Yes, guys, I am talking to you. However, I will tell you that all wild critters have an incredible instinct to survive and …Read More »
“My What Big Teeth You Have!”
I love big predator fish. Duh. Of course part of that comes from the fact that they are just plain big fish, and what angler does not love big fish? But, it is more than that. I marvel at the big predator fish in particular because there is such raw power and mystique about them. It is the same reason I believe that mink, bobcats, coyotes, wolverines, mountain lions, and great whites are such cool creatures. There is a pure, …Read More »
Yes, Fish are Slimy!
Buried deep in the volumes of Nebraska State Statutes, Chapter 37, you can find this: 37-542. Fish unlawfully taken; duty of angler. All fish which cannot lawfully be taken shall be returned to the water at once with as little injury as possible, if taken, and before removing or attempting to remove such fish from the hook it shall be the duty of the angler to first wet his or her hands. Now, some will immediately throw up a red …Read More »
“Pound for Pound. . . “
The May 2014 edition of NEBRASKAland magazine is available on-line right now: As always there is a variety of “stuff” and I do not care who you are, you will find something in there that will interest you. If I may, let me point one out: On page 38, Jeff Kurrus has an interesting article titled Pound for Pound, Fighting Nebraska’s Fish. In that story you will find a species by species breakdown of different Nebraska fish, their anatomy and …Read More »