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Game and Parks offers ice safety tips

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A recent spurt of frigid temperatures has iced over some Nebraska water bodies. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission warns anybody venturing onto the ice to be cautious. Warmer temperatures will be arriving quickly, but in light of two recent drownings in eastern Nebraska in which persons went through the ice, Game and Parks offers the following safety tips: • Never go out alone. Have a buddy. • A minimum of 3 inches of clear, blue lake ice will support …

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Ice Fishing: 10 Tips I Learned

Ice fishing. Tis’ the season for it. I sure enjoy ice fishing but admittedly I don’t do much of it. I don’t quite have all the equipment needed for it. So, I guess you would consider me an amateur ice angler. Nevertheless, when there’s an invitation to go with seasoned veterans of the hard water fishing lifestyle for a day, you can bet that I will jump at the opportunity. Such was the case a couple years ago in January …

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Annual Ice Safety Reminder

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I have been on the ice, in Nebraska and realize a few of you have too.  Hoping there will be a few more in the coming days.  So. . . it is that time again. . . . This time of year I am as anxious to get on the ice as anyone.  However, you can bet the ice safety reminder is appropriate every year.  From what I am seeing on the interwebs, some of you are pushing it a …

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Will We Ever have Good Ice?

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Unfortunately, it has been a relatively warm winter.  Yes, since the first of January, I have been on the ice a number of times; however I would not say ice conditions have been great.  From what I am hearing, that is still the case in much of Nebraska. The high winds we had a couple weeks ago killed us.  Nothing “eats” ice like wind.  The ice can withstand some days of warm temperatures, can even withstand some rain and snow-melt.  …

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Ice Fishing: 10 Tips I Learned

Ice fishing. Tis’ the season for it. I sure enjoy ice fishing but admittedly I don’t do much of it. I don’t quite have all the equipment needed for it. So, I guess you would consider me an amateur ice angler. Nevertheless, when there’s an invitation to go with seasoned veterans of the hard water fishing lifestyle for a day, you can bet that I will jump at the opportunity. Such was the case a couple years ago in January …

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Patience

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Quick blog post today, not a lot of time, but let me make some comments: First, some of you will be interested in this little news update:  Access to Hudson Lake has been reopened. Hudson Lake in Cherry County reopened to ice fishing. Hudson Lake, which is about 24 miles southwest of Valentine, is available for public recreation through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Open Fields and Waters Program. Hudson Lake is open to ice fishing until March 1, …

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Ice Time

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Starting to hear a few reports of folks venturing onto the ice in parts of Nebraska.  As I warned a few weeks ago, now it is time for my obligatory blog about ice safety. I pretty much will never tell you that the ice is safe, “no problem, go fish”.  Sure, there are times in the middle of the winter when we have plenty of ice, but even then I am not going to tell you it is safe.  You …

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How Long?

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I will fish open water as late into the fall as possible.  Pretty sure I ain’t done yet.  But, with the relatively cold fall we have had, I cannot help but wonder, how long until we have ice?  How long until I can ice-fish? Found a local reservoir that was 75% covered with a skim of ice last week! Same reservoir was 100% open water this past weekend. So, it is going to be awhile yet. I found this posted …

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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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Ice Safety Reminder, Again!

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I am not going to pretend to know when we will have safe ice.  If I did know, I would still tell you that it is up to YOU to be sure that it is safe every time you walk on the ice.  I am not going to take someone else’s word for it and you should not either.  You have to make that call yourself. I will tell you that we are getting close to seeing safe ice, but …

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