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On Ice, On Air

Got a different blog post today.  One of the things I do in my position as Fisheries Outreach Program Manager for the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission is take care of a number of media requests concerning fish and fishing in Nebraska.

With the cold weather and finally some safe ice this winter, I have had a few inquiries from TV reporters recently.  I thought this story went very well:

Safety as Priority as Ice Fishing Begins

There is a video there.  Sorry, normally I would just embed that here in my blog post, but I cannot get the embed code to work.  If you want to watch it, you will have to follow that link, or this one:

https://youtu.be/daxlf2VWh6Q?si=WaC09RY5htO5-LrX

Once again I caught fish on camera.  I did not say big fish, but I caught fish, mostly bluegills, but then one small pike showed up.  If you look close at the footage, you can see the pike.  It was tagged.  You can see me trying to scrape algae off of the tag and read the tag number. . . .

#1664, the tag number that is.  Interestingly, that fish was tagged when it was stocked as a 13-inch advanced fingerling a year ago last fall.  I did not get an accurate measurement of the fish, you can judge for yourself.  Of course it was released, tag still in place, and I will be back to catch it when it is bigger, a lot bigger!

Luckily, the pike did not break off my tungsten jig when I caught him!

Looks like the on-ice clinic at Flanagan is a “go” for this Saturday.  If you want more information, check HERE.

The camera guy along for the story took some still photos while we were there.  Kindly, he sent me a couple.  I will close with one of them.

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Photo by Justin Enos, KMTV3.

I do not know what the conversation was.  I think I am saying “Here, we drill holes here.  Fish HERE.”

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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