Here we are! I know many folks eagerly wait for this weekend every year. It is the beginning of summer! Many will be heading for our waters around the state this weekend to enjoy the water, enjoy the outdoors, do some fishing, spend time with family and friends. I hope you get out to enjoy it all and dry some off while you are at it! Right now is some of the best fishing of the year for a variety …Read More »
“Blinded Me with Science”–Bluegill Growth Rates
The May issue of Nebraskaland magazine has a short article on bluegill growth rates. You will want to check it out. Right now you can see the full issue HERE. Or, here are the two pages: Over-harvest of panfish, bluegills and crappies, is a real problem on a lot of waters. No, those populations are not harvested to the point where there are not enough fish to reproduce and maintain the population. They are over-harvested to the point where they …Read More »
Adventures of Trout in the Classroom
By Grace Gaard, Aquatic Ecology Education Specialist Adventure: an unusual and exciting, sometimes hazardous experience. While rarely risky, the word “adventure” fairly sums up field-trip season for the Trout in the Classroom program across Nebraska. Although the in-field portion of the program took a hiatus during the coronavirus pandemic, this spring marked the second year since the program’s full reboot. Program offerings hit their stride during the 2022-2023 academic year, and since the pandemic, the number of participating schools have …Read More »
I often joke that this time of year EVERYONE is an angler. People who only fish once or a few times a year are fishing now. That makes this a good time for this reminder, for all of us, beginners and old salts: Fishing etiquette for every type of angler A great day fishing is as much about catching what you’re after as it is about the experience you had while away from home. But to keep your fishing trip …Read More »
You ARE Going to be Releasing Fish, Might as well Do It Right!
I noted a week ago that the fish are biting, now. The reports I am hearing and photos I am seeing have exploded in the past week. May and June are some of the best open-water fishing months every year. We are in the middle of that NOW! Have noticed some other things about all of those photos and reports, so I am going to blog about it again: Best fish handling practices. Now, don’t you dare tune me out …Read More »
Standing Bear Cleanup
This event is still a couple of weeks out, but I want to let folks know about it. Put it on your calendar! You can also sign up HERE. Unfortunately, from what I saw when I was at Standing Bear a few weeks ago, it needs a cleanup! That goes for the area surrounding the reservoir as well as the exposed bottom of the reservoir with the water down. If you can show up to help with this, it will …Read More »
Going Fishing? Don’t Let The Big One Get Away!
All of us who love to fish have a story or two about the one that got away, don’t we? Invariably, the tale involves hooking the fish of a lifetime and losing it to unforeseen circumstances or mistakes. Trust me, I have made my share of mistakes when it comes to large, prized game fish. Your blogger mishandling a nice-sized channel catfish. Photo by Rich Berggren/Conservation Officer with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Without question, these stories, however embellished, …Read More »
All of my channels of communication have exploded this week with fishing reports and fish pictures. In short, right now, do not pass “Go”, do not collect $200, GO FISH!!!! I always say that May and June are the best two months for open-water fishing in Nebraska, whatever species, whatever water. GO FISH! Do not wait for someone to give you a report, do not ask if the fish are biting–they are! If you cannot decide where to go, pick …Read More »
News Updates, May 8, 2023
I have a couple, three small news items to include in my blog today. No, none of these are major, but if they are one of your favorite fishing spots you will want to know about them. So, in no particular order: Killdeer Lake dam maintenance project to begin Killdeer Lake, located 2½ miles north of Martell in Lancaster County, will be undergoing a dam maintenance project beginning the week of May 8. The project, which will require the lake …Read More »
There’s no excuse for not wearing a life jacket on the water!
With the assistance of an adult relative, a youth greatly anticipates catching another bluegill from a boat in a Midwestern lake on a summer day. Photo by Rich Wynne. It bothers me to no end that people have such cavalier excuses regarding why they don’t want to wear life jackets on the water in a boat. In my 44 years at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, I have seen my share of boating tragedies. I have seen the victims …Read More »