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Get High

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OK, I am fully aware that our ice-fishing season is coming to an end.  Maybe some of you will not even care, but there is so much more that can be said about ice fishing.  We have not had a long enough season this year for me to say it all.  So, I am going to post this anyway.  If you do not get on the ice again until next year, well, maybe you will remember this. I love to …

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Nebraska State Parks

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OK, my blog post today is not going to directly be about fish or fishing. It IS going to be about NEBRASKA, and I am all about that. . . . See debut of ‘Exploring Nebraska’s State Parks’ March 1 on NET LINCOLN, Neb. – Some of Nebraska’s most scenic, natural and cherished destinations will be spotlighted when “Exploring Nebraska’s State Parks” premieres at 8 p.m. CT on Sunday, March 1 on NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations. See why …

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Done?

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I am seeing lots of proclamations about our ice fishing season being over. Whatever. There are a lot of folks that bail on ice fishing because they are not committed.  They fantasize about fishing open water much too much.  On the first day with temperatures above freezing, they declare it over. You will NOT get me to make that announcement.  In fact, I will be on it as long as I can.  The longer it lasts, the better! And, I …

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All Talk

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Another week where I may do more talking about fishing than actual fishing. First, there is this event tomorrow night: Great event for a great cause! Besides that, guarantee you can learn something from Marty Hughes.  I cannot wait to hear him! Then, later this week, it is sport show time! Just might be hanging out there over the weekend. While we are on the topic of talking. . . . We still have some public meetings on the calendar.  …

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Kiss Me

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I guess today is Valentine’s Day. . . . I am betting many of you have a bunch of lipless, mostly rattle, baits in your open-water tackle boxes. Big mistake if you ain’t using them through the ice too! By the way, if you couldn’t tell, when fish hit those baits under the ice. . . well, they ain’t kissing ’em! Have a great weekend everyone, hope you get to kiss a fish!

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State Record Summary, 2019

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I got to thinking. . . . I have not given a summary of state record fish certified in 2019.  Time to do that. . . . Four fish were certified as new state records in 2019. Surface Spearfishing No new state record fish were taken by surface spearfishing in 2019. Underwater Spearfishing One fish taken by underwater spearfishing was certified as a state record in 2019, a 1 pound 12 ounce redear sunfish taken from a private pond in …

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First Fish Certificate

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Going to blog about something today that I will bet most folks do not know about. . . . I do believe that most of you know about our popular Master Angler awards.  Master Angler awards are simply an angler recognition program we have for catching exceptional fish on hook and line.  We have had that program for so long that I have Master Angler certificates in my office for fish that my grandparents caught!  It has been a very …

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Ice Fish!

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It may not be Matthew McConaughey, but I kind of like this video too: The water may be different, the transportation different, the fish different. But it is still ice-fishing! To borrow a slogan from Nebraska Department of Tourism, “Ice fishing, it’s not for everyone.”

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Be An Outlier

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I wrote a blog a few months ago about “Sheep“. I have spent enough time on the ice to know that ice anglers often run in big herds. If you are struggling to catch fish on the ice right now.  Maybe it is because you are not doing enough of this: The fish-finding lesson of a lifetime: Be an outlier! That is all for now.  I will be way over here drilling holes. . . .

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State Fish Art Contest

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News release for this went out almost a couple months ago, but the deadline for this is still a couple months off: Nebraska students can compete in State-Fish Art Contest LINCOLN, Neb. – Wildlife Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are hosting the Nebraska State-Fish Art Contest, an opportunity for students to win state and national honors and great prizes. Young Nebraska artists in grades K-12 are eligible to compete in this free art competition. Winners will be …

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