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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.

It is Spring and Crappies Are on the Mind

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If you blog about the outdoors, fish and fishing, subject matter is seasonal.  Same time every year the same subjects are relevant and I will probably blog about them in some form.  I hope people do not mind “re-runs”, but I am betting most will not remember, and there are a bunch of new readers.  I re-ran one last week, got another here. . . . As soon as we have some nice weather this time of year, everyone wants …

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Youth Fishing Instructor Newsletter, Spring 2020

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I want to get this distributed a little further today: Once again a huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteer fishing instructors.  We could not do a lot of what we do without you! If you are not one, and would like to be:  Become a Fishing Instructor. As the newsletter says, I do not know when we will be back to doing the things we love, including kid’s fishing events and community fishing nights.  Hope it is soon, …

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Social Distancing Champion

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With the current status of our world, I have been spending way too much time watching TV and surfing the interwebs.  Idiocy reigns. Oh sure, I have slipped out for some social distancing, sunshine, mental and physical health therapy.  Then, it is back home.  However, I have seen one commercial recently that I kinda like: Who knew?  His name is Daryl.  Good name. For now, spending some time outdoors is still allowed.  As I said earlier, it is good for …

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Kid’s System

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I am going to re-post a blog that I did several years back.  This blog has been a good one to reference over the years, but with web page changes and so forth I can no longer do that.  So, I am just going to post it again.  Perhaps you and the kids have some time to practice some social distancing right now. . . . If you fish, you need to find someone new, find a kid, take ’em …

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Road Closures, Spring 2020

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When we put out a news release like this, I do not know how widespread it is distributed.  My hunch is they need to get out even more, so. . . . We still have some bad road conditions on several areas in the state.  Some of these conditions go clear back to last year, some of these have not improved a whole lot since then. Several road closures on wildlife management areas LINCOLN, Neb. – Roads on several state …

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Some Lightness for the Weekend

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I have been getting “out” and practicing some social distancing when I can.  But, like many, I have spent a lot of time recently watching stuff on the internet.  Let me share a couple that I liked: First one is an interesting, but short, battle with a muskie: If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that most of the time I am standing in a pair of waders while I am fishing.  I fish from …

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A Break, and Some Thoughts

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Other than my wife and daughter, I have had little interaction with any other humans for the past several days.  Anytime I touch a surface, or come within 10 yards of another person, off I go to wash my hands. At least to this point, our governor has not ordered us to lock down for a couple of weeks.  So, yes, I would still tell you that you can sneak away for a little fishing and practice social distancing. I …

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Ft. Robinson Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation Project

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One of the biggest Aquatic Habitat rehabilitation projects we are working on right now is out at Ft. Robinson.  Yes, that is way out in northwest Nebraska, and yes, you should make a trip there sometime!  There are a lot of fishing opportunities in and near Ft. Robinson, as well as a ton of other things to see and do.  Oh, and it is some of the purdiest country in the state! Some of the fishing my family and I …

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Brookie to Brighten the Day

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Certainly if you have spent anytime watching the news this week you are gloomy. Weather most of the week was that way too, and then it snowed again last night! How about a colorful brook trout to brighten things up? Nebraska does not have a lot of brook trout waters, but we do have a few!  I have always said I love those places because they are some of the prettiest in the state, and so are the fish that …

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Ice is Gone, Water is Cold, Now What?

We currently are in what I believe to be one of the hardest times of the year to catch fish–early spring.  Do not get me wrong, there are some great fishing opportunities now.  However, the water is still very cold and the weather is very schizophrenic.  Whatcha gonna do? Well, for starters, my buddy Greg ran a blog this week on 7 Key Early Spring Fishing Tips.  Check it out.  A lot of Greg’s blog included “stuff” I have said …

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