You all know that we had some crazy flooding around the state a couple of years ago.  I am sure you are also aware that it has taken some time to repair and recover from the damage.  Some of that work has not been finished yet.

Disaster funding is great, but it can take a while to come through.  Seems like everything takes longer right now.  However, I recently drove by a couple of places where we have been able to get some projects done.

The flooding we had around Kearney was a little different than that in the rest of the state, but it caused its own problems.  After that event, here is what the access to Kea West wildlife area looked like:

Kea West1

And here it is now:


Here is the new boat ramp:


Because of the presence of unwanted species of fish after the flooding, Kea West was also chemically renovated.  Smallmouth bass, yellow perch and crappie have been re-stocked.

East of Kearney, there was similar damage at the Bufflehead wildlife area.


And now:


New boat ramp:


A rotenone renovation was not needed at Bufflehead.  You will find mostly bluegill, largemouth bass, and channel catfish there to catch, maybe a rock bass, yellow perch or common carp.


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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