Last time I blogged about my recent ice fishing adventures (Been Around Some More), I mentioned that in spite of deteriorating ice conditions, I was not sure I was done, yet.  I was not.  I slipped another afternoon in on the ice a week ago.  By the way, the ONLY way I push it as early and late as I do is by religiously following ice safety protocols (Annual Ice Safety Reminder).  If you are not able to do that, don’t even think about it.

I managed to scratch one more big sunfish, just a freckle less than 10 inches:


I have not headed west again, but my son got in a day or two more of “bonus” time on the ice.  By the way, pike go nuts on late ice:

Photo by Daniel Bauer. Thanks, Daniel!

Some of you may still get in some ice time on Nebraska waters.  Enjoy it, fishing late ice can be on fire.  And, yes, be careful!

No fish were harmed in the making of this blog post.  All were released.  We will catch them again.

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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