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If you spend any time on the interwebs, you know there are certain questions and discussions that come up all the time.  Some mentioned so often that they become annoying:


Sure, I realize folks are always looking for the hottest bite.  I also know that to experience that, you need to spend time on the water, not on the internet.

By the time you hear about a hot bite. . . .

You are too late.

I do however spend a lot of time studying this:


Wanna know where I have been fishing?  That publication will tell you where.

This time of year, another question gets asked just as much.  Again, it is asked to the point of irritation:

“How thick is the ice?”

Sure, that also is a legitimate question.

Here is why I consider it annoying. . . .

I will always tell you that it makes no difference what anyone else says about ice conditions.  You have to judge for yourself.  Every time you walk onto the ice, YOU make the decision on whether it is safe or not.  In addition, you should never blindly accept anyone else’s assessment of ice conditions.

Again, yes, I realize folks want an idea whether they are going to fish or not before they drive there to find out.  OK.  Still, I usually do that myself and yes, I have driven a LONG WAY only to discover the ice was not safe.

I have also pulled a darned lot of fish through ice holes after many declared the ice season to be “over”!  But, I made that decision MYSELF.

If you must have some idea before you go.  This is the best source of information I know of, NEFGA Official Ice Map.

Having said that, let me also say that I never decide whether the ice is safe or not based on that “Ice Map”.  In fact, I seldom even decide whether to make a trip or not based on those reports.  I do however religiously use my spud bar!  (Annual Ice Safety Reminder)

Yes, I have been on the water, and now you know where.  Right here!


Whether or not I will be on the ice again. . . I will see. . . .

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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