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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, 2020.

Lastly, many of you like me have been sitting in southeast Nebraska waiting for safe ice this winter.  Current weather conditions and forecasts look like that might be a possibility.  However, let me post, again, the need to practice caution.  On many of our waters, we are starting over from liquid water, no ice at all.  It will not take a lot of cold to put on a skim of ice, but not enough to be safe!  It usually takes more cold, for a longer period than what you might expect to make it safe enough to fish.  Four inches of new, clear, hard ice, and we will be “good to go”!

Yep, I cannot wait either right now.

Just make sure you do not get in too much of a hurry.


If you have not heard me harp on ice safety enough, Ice Time.


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 outdoornebraska.org.

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