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Davis Creek Update

Davis Creek Reservoir

A few weeks ago I spread the word about some road work scheduled at Davis Creek Reservoir.  In the past week or two I started hearing some rumors about that project and then I saw an official update: Davis Creek Recreation Area Road Closure Postponed The road improvement project previously scheduled for Oct. 1 through December 21, 2023, at Davis Creek Recreation Area, is being postponed. No construction bids were accepted for the project to pave the access road through …

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Bob Knight, Fisherman

If you are any kind of sports fan, you know that Bob Knight passed away this week.  To say that he was a controversial figure would be an understatement.  No doubt he was an old-school coach.  Also no doubt he was very successful. He also had a passion for the outdoors, for hunting and fishing.  I suspect he was in many ways a different person in that venue. Regardless of your opinion of The General on and off the basketball …

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Slow Down


I love traveling around Nebraska.  Love getting out of the eastern end of the state and back “home” every chance I get.  When I do that, I am often made aware that life in the city gets sped up more than needed.  I appreciate being reminded to take a breath and slow down when I am back in the real Nebraska. That is a good reminder if you are still spending some time on the water this time of year. …

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The Original Conservationists


I have blogged about this topic before, but it has been awhile.  The model of wildlife conservation on this continent has been the most successful in history.  Yeah, yeah, I know that is a boring topic and can be an extensive one as well.  However, if you hunt, fish, trap, enjoy our natural resources in any way or feel that conservation of those resources is important, then you need to understand this model. Stumbled upon this relatively short article that …

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Once Again, Fishing is Good for You!


I know I keep returning to certain topics over and over again in my blog.  Going to again today. It is a proven fact that fishing is good for you! This time I found an article about a mental health study done in Britain.  Wouldn’t you know it?  Fishing is good for your mental health! No kidding? Don’t believe me?  Read it for yourself: Fishing Has Positive Mental Health Benefits I can tell you for a fact that my blood …

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Got Luck?


I have introduced many of the fishing seminars I have done with the question that titles this blog post.  “Got luck?” That is a rhetorical question that I answer by stating I do not believe in “luck”.  Sure there are random events that we cannot control.  If you spend any time in nature, on the water or in the woods and fields, you know that is very true. However, you know that angler you consider to be “lucky”, the guy …

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Moberly Award


Our Aquatic Habitat Program was recently recognized by the American Fisheries Society.  Follow the link and read all about it! NEBRASKA GAME & PARKS, DON GABELHOUSE, AND MARK PORATH RECEIVE STANLEY A. MOBERLY HABITAT CONSERVATION AWARD

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Wildwood Ramp Reopen


I know it is a Friday and I usually do not blog about news items like this.  However, I continue to get questions, got another one already this morning, so might as well spread the word. . . . I also know that this news is not going to affect a lot of you, but it looks like it is going to be a nice weekend and a few will want to take advantage of this. . . . Wildwood …

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Langmuir Spirals

If you have been in Nebraska for any length of time, you know the wind blows.  We have been reminded of that again in the past few days. If you are an angler in this state, you better learn to adapt and adjust to the wind (and other weather phenomenon for that matter).  I have blogged about that before, Sometimes the Wind Blows.  Want to return to the subject and mention one subtle tip. . . . Actually, I stumbled …

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Annual Fall Reminder

I know I have mentioned this in previous years about this time.  Good time for another reminder! Public urged to check boats, lifts, and docks for invasive species As recreation boating season winds down and waterfowl hunting season ramps up, Nebraskans are urged to check boats, boat lifts and docks for invasive species when removing them from the water. Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to take special care prior to launching their boats so as not to contribute to the spread …

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