Gonna Have to Get One!


Been seeing this commercial on TV recently: Apparently, carp fishermen are one of their big target audiences?  Or should I say big carp fishermen are one of their targets? Anyway, the commercial got my attention and I love it!  Gotta admit, one of those watches could come in handy!  I would imagine it works with other species of fish too? Hope you catch a big flopping fish to hug and take pictures of this weekend.  And notice, it was released!

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The Great Depression through John Vachon’s Lens

Photographer John Vachon visits Nebraska during the Great Depression. By David L. Bristow, History Nebraska John Vachon (1914-1975) was not yet a famous photographer when he arrived in Omaha in October 1938. It was his first extensive solo trip shooting photos for the U.S. government’s Farm Security Administration. Partly as a way to build support for the New Deal, the agency was creating a nationwide pictorial record of the Great Depression. Vachon’s supervisor gave the 24-year-old a great deal of …

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A Tribute to Carter P.

Nebraskaland regional editor Justin Haag pays tribute to Carter P. Johnson Lake at Fort Robinson State Park. By Justin Haag I always look forward to June, but this one is a little bittersweet because it’s the first without an old friend, “Carter P.” Carter P. Johnson Lake, that is. The once beautiful 20-acre lake at Fort Robinson State Park is now gone after the dam along Soldier Creek was purposely breached last fall. The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources had …

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Mouth Closed, Tail Pinched


I see and hear a lot of comments about measuring fish.  Just want to say this is the most correct way: Now, you can measure your fish any way you want.  Make up any story you want.  We all do!  However, keep in mind, when length limits are involved, for legal purposes, there is a right way and you need to know it.  Pointy-headed fish biologists call it “total length”. Will also say that “bump boards” work best.  Make sure …

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Bluegill are a great catch for summer fishing

It’s hot. It’s humid. Whew! Yeah, it’s summer alright. Hey, has your fishing success slowed with the conditions? I though so. Well, one fish leads the way with lots of action for anglers in the good, old summertime — bluegill. A male bluegill stands guard on its nest in a southern Nebraska pond. Underwater photo courtesy of NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Maybe it’s the kid in me, I don’t know. But, at 61 years of age (approaching 62), …

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Nebraska’s Fast Snakes

Snakes include remarkably fast species that can outpace many predators and prey. By Monica Macoubrie, Wildlife Education Specialist When we think of fast animals, cheetahs sprinting across the African Savannah or peregrine falcons diving through the sky might come to mind. However, some of the speediest creatures can be found much closer to the ground, slithering through grasslands, forests and deserts. Snakes, often perceived as slow movers, include some remarkably fast species that can outpace many predators and prey. Strike …

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“Dive! Dive! Dive!”


Wherever anglers gather, whenever one catches more fish than others, everyone wants to know what bait?  The next question is what color? The color question should be the last thing considered.  There are many other presentation factors that are much more important.  The first of those, especially when using crankbaits, is depth.  How deep does a particular lure run? I have blogged about this topic before.  If you want to dive into (sorry, I couldn’t resist) some details, take a …

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Leave Wild Babies Alone

When spotting a baby animal by itself, the best thing to do is to leave it alone. By Julie Geiser This time of year, people may find wild baby animals including deer, birds and rabbits. When spotting a baby animal by itself, it is natural to want to rescue it. The best thing to do, however, is to leave it alone. In most cases, the parent is nearby and is keeping its young safe through camouflage. Deer Does will leave …

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Fish Identification


Nebraska is home to about 100 species of fish.  It is a place of variety.  Somewhere in the state you can find everything from coldwater species like trout to warmwater species like catfish and black bass.  Also included are a lot in between. Anglers may encounter around 4o of those species.  Some fish identification skills are required as harvest limits vary between species. Like most things, nothing beats time on the water.  The more fish an angler handles and more …

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