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Some News Items

Got a couple of news items I want to spread the word on: Iron Horse Park (i.e. North Platte I-80 Lake) NORTH PLATTE, Neb. – Iron Horse Park in North Platte will close temporarily throughout parts of the park for upgrades to angler access and other amenities. Partial closure of Iron Horse Park, located south of the I-80 interchange at North Platte, will close temporarily for public access beginning March 3, 2022. The upgrades will include the development of five …

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Early Spring Fishing Tips

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I am going to be lazy today.  I do not often do this, only once in a while. . . . My blog post today is simply going to be to share with you something one of my co-bloggers recently posted.  Greg Wagner is one of my best buddies here at Game & Parks.  We talk frequently, and often discuss current topics and potential content for our blogs.  We have both been blogging for several years now, and have learned …

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Anglers may be surveyed at three Omaha-area lakes in 2022

For anglers, spring means one thing: fishing. For Nebraska Game and Parks, it means it’s time to survey anglers for information that assists in statewide fisheries management decisions. Surveys will be conducted from April through October at three Omaha-area lakes: Prairie View, Lawrence Youngman and Zorinsky. Clerks will interview anglers about a single day’s fishing effort, seeking details on what the angler caught, released and how much time they fished. They will interview anglers in-person at the lakes during daytime …

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Plan fishing trip using Game and Parks publications

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Plan a fishing trip with the help of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission publications. Prepare to make your trip the best by reviewing Nebraska fishing regulations and researching locations in our 2022 Fishing Guide and our 2022 Fishing Forecast. The fishing guide is a summary of regulations and orders and includes a section detailing the state’s public fishing areas. The fishing forecast provides a look at where some of the best fishing, and maybe some of the biggest fish, …

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Early Spring, Ice-Out Fishing Tips

The sandhill crane migration is well underway in Nebraska’s central Platte River valley. Flocks of snow geese have been heard and seen already flying high above my house. Wild turkeys have entered their breeding phase on our family farm in southeast Nebraska. Oh, and what about the fish that swim where I fish? Hmmm … Emma Wagner-Nichols, your blogger’s daughter, caught this crappie in chilly, sunny weather in a private sandpit lake in Dodge County, NE. Photo courtesy of Emma …

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Spring Trout Stocking, 2022

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By now many of you have seen the news release, but I have learned to never assume everyone has seen everything.  So, I am going to spread the word, again, some more: Trout stockings begin; Two Rivers Trout Lake opens March 12 It’s time to go trout fishing again in Nebraska. Rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and lakes across the state in March to enhance fishing opportunities this spring, especially in urban areas. Additionally, the Two Rivers …

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Trout stockings begin; Two Rivers Trout Lake opens March 12

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It’s time to go trout fishing again in Nebraska. Rainbow trout are being stocked in city ponds and lakes across the state in March to enhance fishing opportunities this spring, especially in urban areas. Additionally, the Two Rivers State Recreation Area Trout Lake in Douglas County will open March 12. By then, more than 12,000 rainbow and tiger trout will have been stocked in the lake. All trout caught in the Trout Lake must be harvested and not released. Anglers …

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More Help Wanted

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I want to spread the word on some more job opportunities.  Want to be on the front line preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance species? Conservation Technician II, 3 month Conservation Technician II, 7 month Again, these are great entry level positions for folks interested in careers in natural resource management, especially fisheries and water resources.  Primary job duties will involve on-site inspections looking for aquatic nuisance species, but workers in these positions will get involved in a lot of …

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Help Wanted

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Seems to be common anymore that every one is looking for workers.  Might as well join the list. . . . Most years we, the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, will be doing on-the-water, angler surveys someplace in the state.  That kind of survey work is labor-intensive and expensive.  We never do a lot of angler surveys in any one year.  On the other hand, as it is with most data we work with, I will tell you that information …

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State Record Summary, 2021

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The year 2021 is in the rear-view mirror.  Time to summarize the state record fish that were caught last year: Surface Spearing No state record fish were taken by surface spearing in 2021. Underwater Spearfishing Two state record fish were taken by underwater spearfishing last year, both of them channel catfish.  The first was taken on June 5 and weighed 26 pounds 9 ounces. A little over a week later, that record was bested by a 27 pound 5 ounce …

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