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Sampling Summaries

Going to mention something today which many of you are already aware.  On the other hand, I know that not everyone knows because I continually answer questions about it.

You know about the annual Fishing Forecast:

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For those of you who are interested in a little more information, information specific to individual waterbodies, make sure to check out our Sampling Summaries.

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I will always tell you that the fish population sampling that fisheries biologists collect are indices.  Any one year’s data is not necessarily THE answer.  The best ways to view that information and evaluate the health of fish populations is by looking at years of data, by looking at trends.  Pretty much all of those sampling summaries display years of data for those waterbodies and provide some comment about that data from professional fisheries biologists.  That information is worth its weight in gold and will help any angler better understand the waters, and fish, they are pursuing.

We make that information available to the public.  We hope everyone takes advantage of it!

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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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