Let me tell you about a little project I spent a few days on a couple weeks ago.  The Keith County Visitors Committee was having some filming done this fall promoting the variety of outdoor activities available in the area.  They asked me to come out and do some on-camera interviews about the fisheries, maybe catch a few fish on camera, and provide whatever assistance I could.  I always jump at any chance I have to get around our great state especially if it involves some fishing and promotion of the great fishing opportunities we have!

Cross West Adventures TV by Christian Bohuslavschi (I just called him “Christian”) was doing the filming; that included a lot more than just catching fish on camera and talking about it.  The weather, and the scenery, was spectacular!DSCN6147


A lot of scenic and “set up” shots were taken, video clips that would tell a story. . . .

“Walleye 1” gonna be a star!
Setting up to film boat being trailered alongside the reservoir.

We spent some time one afternoon on Lake McConaughy.  Jerry Steinke of Lake McConaughy Guide Services was kind enough to let me jump in the boat with he and Christian.  Thank you, Jerry!

Launching, finally!
On the water filming.
Looking for fish.
Western grebes looking for fish too. Wonder if this would be a good spot?
Lake McConaughy Visitor’s Center from the water.

A certain local “boat cop” met us on Lake Ogallala another morning.


It was a little windy, but some kayaking shots were managed.


Now I know what you are thinking, “all these pretty pictures and blah, blah, blah. . .must not have been any fish caught”.  We did not catch a lot and the bite on Lake McConaughy was really tough, but there were some fish caught on camera.  I will wait until the videos are posted to show you those.  We did not spend a lot of time fishing, but never fear, I dried a few off while the film was rolling.  Even had the camera guy scrambling for a bit (wink).

Photo by Christain Bohuslavschi.

We finished up with some more on-camera interviews about how much the Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala fisheries have meant to me and my family over the years.  Lake Ogallala was the location of my last fishing trip with my Dad before he passed.  We made that trip almost a year ago at this time.  I am afraid I had a hard time talking about that without getting all choked up.  I do not know how much will make it on the video.  I do know this, that water, that fishery, has meant a lot to my family over the years; for the Bauers it always has been a special place and it always will be.

Along with the beautiful weather and scenery, the sunsets were spectacular too.  Leave ’em with a sunset. . . .


About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at

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