The calendar says it is April. Must be spring? Right. For the first time in my life, there have been folks ice fishing in Nebraska in April! No, I was not out west where I could still get on the ice, but I know for a fact that there are some who have been! Many are feeling like this: There are parts of the state getting piles of snow, again, and blizzard conditions, as I write this. Eventually the weather …Read More »
Missouri River Sauger and Walleye Tracking
I want to point out some fisheries research work currently being done on the Missouri River in northeast Nebraska. The easiest way for me to do that is to “copy and paste” a page from our July 2021 Nebraskaland Magazine: As the article says, if you happen to catch one of these tagged fish, we would like to know about it. If you do not have any other contact information, you can always let me know about it, firstname.lastname@example.org. The …Read More »
Ice is Gone, Water is Cold, Now What?
We currently are in what I believe to be one of the hardest times of the year to catch fish–early spring. Do not get me wrong, there are some great fishing opportunities now. However, the water is still very cold and the weather is very schizophrenic. Whatcha gonna do? Well, for starters, my buddy Greg ran a blog this week on 7 Key Early Spring Fishing Tips. Check it out. A lot of Greg’s blog included “stuff” I have said …Read More »
Snuck Out. . .
Yes, I know the correct grammar is “sneaked out” but that just does not sound right to me. Consider “Snuck Out” to be my redneck version, and that is exactly what I did. . . . March has been a busy month for me. I worked a couple of weekends finishing up sport and boat shows for the spring, but as I promised you in a blog post a couple of weeks ago, I would get on the water when …Read More »
Adventure Report, August 28, 2013
Got a fishing report to give you, but let me give a little background to the story. Back in the mid-1990’s I worked for a couple of years in our newly-established fisheries management office in south-central Nebraska. That region included much of the the Tri-County canal and reservoirs on that canal. In the years I was there we were not able to spend much time on the canal reservoirs, but from what we knew of the high flow-through rates and …Read More »
Who Needs Live Bait?
I will be the first one to tell you that no baits or lures are magic, nothing catches fish all the time. And, I will tell you that every bait or lure every made will catch fish if used at the right place and the right time. The challenge is knowing the right bait for the right place and right time. Presentation theory and selecting the right baits for the right time and place is a whole topic worthy of …Read More »
Adventure Report, June 5, 2013
A couple of months ago I warned that I would be “out of the office” as much as possible. Well, I have been; have enjoyed this spring immensely. In fact I have enjoyed it so much that I have not given a fishing report recently. Time to get caught up. . . . Lewis & Clark To start, I have to go back a couple weeks, back before the Memorial Day holiday. Some of the Nebraska Walleye Association folks, http://www.nebraskawalleye.com/ …Read More »
State Record Summary, 2012
One of my favorite things I get to do in my present position here at the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission is keep track of our state record fish. I will periodically give updates and show a few pictures here on my blog; at this time let me summarize the state record activity for 2012. We had 14 fish certified as state records in 2012. We recognize state record fish in four categories, hook & line (or rod & reel), …Read More »