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Pike Tagging

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When spring time rolls around, pointy-headed fish biologists get really busy.  I even get out of the office to help with all the field work that needs to be done this time of year. Most of you know that northern pike spawn right around the time ice goes out.  They will even spawn under the ice if we have a late ice-out, but if you are looking to collect a bunch of northern pike, that is a great time to …

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Take ‘Em Fishing!

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Who took you? Who got you started fishing?  Dad?  Mom?  Granddad?  Grandmother?  Uncle?  Friend? I am betting it was one of those folks, and I am betting it started with just one trip, maybe one fish, and you were fascinated and hooked for life (pun intended)! So, who are you going to take? Oh, I know, many of you reading this have already done that, likely have already introduced not one but several folks to fish and fishing.  But, in …

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Head Up

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I was out and about a little bit at the end of last week.  No, I do not have any fish to show; did note some turkeys in a few places. I drove by several bodies of water and here in southeast Nebraska the water clarity in almost all of our reservoirs is still relatively dirty.  Early in the spring every year I note that the first open water of the year is a tough bite because the water is …

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Updates, April 1, 2019

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Seriously, no “April Fool’s” in this blog post, although I have seen some good ones today.  No, I have some news updates and I ain’t fooling.  As is often the case, some of you may already be aware of these updates, but then I will get questions from folks and realize that not everyone “got the word”.  So, if there is anything I can do to let more folks know what is going on, well, I am going to do …

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Spring Trout Stocking Update, March 28, 2019

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It seems that every other blog post I have done for the past month has been about spring trout stockings.  Might as well continue the trend: More rainbow trout stockings scheduled for March 30 LINCOLN, Neb. – Seven more lakes and ponds are scheduled to be stocked with rainbow trout March 30, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Rock Creek State Fish Hatchery will stock 10-inch trout in the following locations, with quantities and approximate times (give …

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Late Ice, Early Open

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When doing seminars and workshops about Nebraska fishing I often note that we have no closed season for fishing in the state, and that I will spend at least some time fishing every month of the year.  An ideal autumn is one where I go from late fall, open-water fishing to first ice, ice-fishing in just a couple of weeks.  Likewise, I ride late ice as long as I can, as long as it is safe, and ideally transition to …

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Flood Impacts

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Still cannot tell you a lot of specifics about the impacts of the unprecedented flooding that has occurred recently across Nebraska.  Certainly, at this point we know the loss to families and their homes, possessions, businesses and livestock have been huge, heart-breaking.  Losses to fish and wildlife and outdoor recreation are going to be significant as well, but nothing in comparison to what many of our fellow Nebraskans are suffering right now. You know that my expertise is mostly on …

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Update on Spring Trout Stocking

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It is going to take a while to sort out what impacts all of this flooding is going to have on our recreation, wildlife, and parks areas.  Likewise, it is going to take some time for us to evaluate just what the impacts are going to be to many private and public fisheries.  Right now, I have heard a lot of things, some I know to be true, but some I am going to wait until we know more.  I …

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