I have had several blogs about Nebraska mustelids (members of the weasel family).  Badgers and skunks have provided some entertaining encounters, and I often share a shoreline with a semi-aquatic mink while I am fishing.  Mink were one of my Gramps Roth’s favorite catches on his trap line, and they have been for me too.


There is another semi-aquatic mustelid that I am still waiting to run into–otters.

On a couple of occasions at Calamus Reservoir, I believe I saw an otter.  One was at a long distance, but before my fishing partner and I could get a closer look, it was gone.  The other one was in low-light and I caught just a glimpse of something that I think was an otter, but again, it was gone.

So, my kids and I keep our eyes peeled looking for otters whenever we think we are in a place where we might see one.  “One of these days. . . .”

Until then, and since it is a Friday, some of you might be old enough to remember this old Rapala commercial:

That is one of my favorites.  One of the best fishing commercials ever!

Stole this meme from the interwebs.  You might have to think about it for a minute:


Spelling counts!

If you are not groaning yet:


Have a great weekend.  If you are on the water, keep your eyes open, you never know what you might see!

Bob Grier photo, NEBRASKAland Magazine.

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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