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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.

Take Me to your Leader

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It was a lesson learned.  Unfortunately, like many things in life, it was learned the hard way. It was a beautiful fall evening.  From what I could see, it looked like there should be a fish or two up feeding.  I bounced my crankbait off a rock, paused for just a split second, and felt the “thump” on my line, that “thump” that I live for.  I set the hooks into a really nice fish.  As I fought it, right …

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News Items, Sept. 14, 2020

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Just a couple of news items I want to include in the ole blog today.  Yes, I know these are going to be of limited interest, but there are a few anglers who will want to know.  That is why I do it! After last year’s flooding, I noted that a number of pits on our lower Platte River State Recreation areas were going to need renovations.  That process is going to take some time, not all of those fisheries …

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“Are they biting?”

If you are interested in fishing, you have probably asked, or been asked, a million times if the fish are biting?  I am betting I have been asked 10 million. You likely have heard some smart alec reply that “they are always biting”. Guess what?  The smart alec is right!  Decorum dictates that I usually cannot give that answer no matter how much I would like to. Seriously, fish have to eat, they have to take in energy to survive.  …

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Half Price!

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Do not know how many folks have heard about this, but I am betting if you have not, a bunch of you will be interested! Youth half-price lifetime permit drawing open now If you know a Nebraska youth who likes to hunt or fish, now is the time to enter them in our online drawing for the chance to purchase a youth lifetime hunt or fish permit for half the cost! Up to 250 permits will be available for purchase, …

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Names

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I have a nephew who just had a baby.  Well, actually, you know his wife had the baby.  It is their first, a boy, they named him “Colter”.  I like it. It reminded me of this meme I stole from the interwebs: I always said I thought a good name for a boy would be “Remington Winchester”.  No one has listened to me. Actually, if I was going to name a boy after a fishing lure it might be “Rapala”.  …

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Time to Combo

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Well it’s here.  You can even feel it in the air already.  FALL!  Many of you have been counting the days until you will grab your bow, shotgun, or rifle and head to the field.  Nebraska is a great place for all of those outdoor activities and more.  My problem is having enough time to do all of them.  Yep, I love to hunt too, so I can understand.  But, along the way, I discovered fall also is some of …

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“Blinded Me With Science”–Missouri River Pallid Sturgeon

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I have not done a blog post on a fisheries science topic in a while.  Time to dust off the theme song, if you want, listen while you read, She Blinded Me with Science, Thomas Dolby. Got another link for you to follow.  This one about some research that has been done on pallid sturgeon in our stretch of the Missouri River.  I found an excellent article in the Nebraska City News Press.  No, I am not going to copy …

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The Agony!

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Found this clip on the interwebs.  Love it. Love it because I know exactly how this kid felt: Admit it.  You’ve been there. Here is the last muskie I had hooked: She was right there.  You can almost see the water swirling yet.  What hurt so much is I had just sat down and sharpened hooks.  I spent at least ten or fifteen minutes sharpening hooks.  Started casting again and it was not three casts and I felt that “thump”.  …

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Topwater Bait Selection

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Summer is the best time of year to fish topwater baits; topwater baits for several species of fish.  Now maybe you spend all your time bouncing bottom while you are fishing, and in that case you are about to ignore me.  But, you should not.  You should be fishing topwater baits at least part of the time, if not a lot of the time. A couple of years back I blogged about the variety of topwater baits, tools, and how …

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Some News Items, Aug. 24, 2020

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I have a miscellany of items I want to highlight today, nothing major, but of interest to Nebraska anglers! Boat ramp now open at Indian Cave State Park LINCOLN, Neb. – The boat ramp at Indian Cave State Park is open for use following repairs. During the brief closure, silt was removed from the area, a guardrail was replaced and riprap was repaired along the bank. An entry permit is required of each vehicle entering Indian Cave State Park, which …

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