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Mid-Winter Ice Fishing Report Card

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Calendar says it is early February.  Most winters we would be about half-way through our ice-fishing season.  This winter has not been “most winters”. . . . Ice Conditions The best way to describe our ice conditions this winter has been highly variable!  That is especially true when you consider that Nebraska is a big state.  At one point or another this winter we have had good ice in some areas while others were unsafe, and then the situation has …

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Panfish System on Ice

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Several years ago I posted a blog about what I consider to be the basic “kid’s fishing system”.  Unfortunately, I cannot link back to that old blog post, going to have to dust it off and just plain run it again some time.  Anywho, it was simple, rods, reels, small floats, small jig-heads, waxworms (yes, waxworms are great bait year around, not just on ice).  It is a system that almost never fails for catching some panfish, sunfish, bluegills in …

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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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Let’s Get Jiggy With It!

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Stinkin’ weather. Yes, I am getting to the point that I am becoming grumpy.  No, it is not because of how long the winter has become, it is because it hasn’t been cold enough for me to be on the ice yet!!!!   GGGGGrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!! So, I have been entertaining myself with as many ice-fishing videos as I can find.  This one is from a couple years ago, but it is very entertaining and there is a thing or two you might …

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Fall in Review, 2018

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I have already suggested some things to do during this “‘tweener time” while we wait for safe ice.  Naturally, one thing we like to do as anglers is reminisce about past trips, past successes, big ones caught.  That reminiscing could include years past or just the current year, but for me, this time of year, I like to look back over the fall fishing that I just finished. I fish hard in the fall, as much as possible.  It is …

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The “Thunk”

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I am never very crazy about polls or questions inquiring about “favorite fish”.  Every fish can be fun to catch and there is something unique to appreciate about every species.  Discussions on the topic invariably include descriptions of how various species fight when hooked, and those perceived to pull the most, hardest, or jump out of the water the highest rank high on every angler’s list. I love all of that, I love the thrill of having a fish on …

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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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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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Tip Down!

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Unfortunately, I can still close my eyes and see those fish, one was one of the biggest bass I ever hooked, the other, one of the biggest walleyes.  I had fought them to the point of getting ready to put ’em in the net and then came that one last head shake.  In slow motion I can still see the fish facing me, mouths wide open, heads swinging back and forth, and my bait flying out. “There she was. . …

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Sweet Spot

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Had a conversation recently with one of my hard-core fishing acquaintances, reminded me of similar conversations I have had over the years with other good sticks, and finally it dawned on me that it might be a good blog post.  That is it would be a good blog post if I can actually communicate what is rattling around in my head.  So let me start with a story. . . . Once upon a time, on a lake north of …

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