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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.

Fall Trout Stockings, 2020

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Starting with the news release: LINCOLN, Neb. – Rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and state park and recreation area lakes across the state by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. These stockings will enhance fishing opportunities this fall and winter. Stocking schedules can change on short notice for a variety of reasons. The following is a tentative stocking schedule, including quantities: Week of Oct. 5 – Grabel Pond No. 1, Fort Robinson SP – 1,200; Grabel Pond …

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Outta the Office

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I do not do this often.  I blog regularly, no matter where I am, what I am doing.  But, I gotta tell you I may be off my schedule a bit here this coming week.  I will be traveling to a family celebration, a niece’s wedding.  Being out of the office, away from the computer, I likely will not post blogs as regularly as usual. Never fear, some time on the water will get worked in.  When I get back, I …

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Skunk Stories

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If you have spent anytime in the great out-of-doors, you should have a skunk story or three.  If you do not, well, you need to spend more time outdoors. I can think of several.  How to arrange them. . . ? Chapter 1, In the Beginning I have heard lots of skunk stories.  Can remember some doozies from my granddads.  Back in the day, skunk pelts were worth some money.  Gramps Roth would have said, “back when a dollar was …

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National Hunting and Fishing Day, 2020

In case you missed the memo.  This coming Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day. I know you are probably as tired as I am of politicians and bureaucrats telling you what to do, but the Governor proclaimed it! If you want to watch yesterday’s proclamation ceremony, GO HERE. There you go.  Do you need any more excuses to get outdoors to hunt or fish this weekend?  Better yet, how about seeing if you can combo-up, hunt and fish both!  …

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Don’t Call Me “Skipjack”

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One of the frustrations of fish identification is that different fish are called a variety of common names.  Sometimes it depends on who you ask. That may not be a problem unless you are a pointy-headed fisheries biologist.  Then, calling the right fish by the right name is important.  That does not necessarily mean a person has to go around spouting scientific names, but we can be a little bit “anal” about using the right names for the right fish. …

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Trout Stockings

Gotchya! Not what you thought it was going to be, was it?  Ha. Believe me, even when the temperatures were a hundred degrees a week or two ago, my phone was ringing with questions about fall trout stockings.  They are coming.  They happen in October, every year.  When we have a schedule, we will let everyone know.  “Stay tuned”. Oh, and by the way, there are plenty of fish to catch NOW.  Don’t need no stinkin’ stocking truck. If you …

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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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