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Protect Our Waters!

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We are on the eve of the big kick-off weekend for Summer 2022!  Great time for a reminder: After record year, Game and Parks reminds boaters to help stop aquatic invasive species While many Nebraskans are eager to enjoy Memorial Day weekend boating, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission urges them to be wary of pesky hitchhikers that invade the state’s waters. To prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, Game and Parks watercraft inspectors will be checking boats before …

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Gracie Creek Pond

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Monday blog post, spreading the word on a news item: Gracie Creek Pond temporarily closed to access as work begins on rehabilitation project The Gracie Creek Pond in Loup County will be closed temporarily to fishing and public access as work on its rehabilitation will begin with equipment mobilization May 23. The project will continue through the summer. Angler access will continue downstream of Nebraska Highway 96 and pond outlets. This popular trout fishing pond, located at the upper end …

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How to Avoid the Crowds When Going Camping

It’s camping season and my neighbors told me the other day they were thinking of heading out on a Friday night to camp at a popular state recreation area in order to “get away from it all” on a nice weekend. Hmmm … I wanted to tell them that most likely, they were heading an area to where it all will be happening with quite a few people there. But how do you steer clear of crowds when you’re trying …

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Let’s Fish!

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Some of you may have seen these short, advertising spots: Not much else to say!  It is the weekend, it is time to GO FISH!  I will always tell you that May and June are the best months for open-water fishing in Nebraska, a variety of species, a variety of waters.  Well, look at the calendar, it is that time NOW.  Do not pass “GO”, do not “collect $200”, just go fish!  Pick a water and get out there, they …

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“Jerk Their Eye-Teeth Out”

It was a long time ago, but I can still see it clearly. . . an early summer day, beautiful day, great day to be fishing.  We were fishing with Gramps Roth, a gravel pit just off the Elkhorn River was one of his favorite spots.  Sometime after an hour or two of fishing, we spotted something chasing “minnows” over along the north bank.  Gramps decided he should head over there, I tagged along. I was fishing simple, a bobber …

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Walleye Spawn Video

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Earlier this spring I blogged about some time I had spent helping in our annual walleye egg collecting (Where I’ve Been, Walleye Squeezing).  I mentioned at the time, that we had a new video in the works showing the whole process.  That will be included in this blog post. We have created videos of our annual walleye egg collections before.  I have posted them before, but this is a new one.  Might as well include it too. I also realize …

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It’s Time to Stalk Nebraska’s Wild Asparagus

The apple blossoms have emerged. Why is that important? It is a reliable indicator that tells me I now will find one of my most valued vegetables in Nebraska’s rural landscape — wild asparagus. The wild asparagus harvest season almost always overlaps with the emergence of apple blossoms in my eastern Nebraska area. Apple blossoms. Photo by Greg Wagner/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Sure enough, I was right! Wild asparagus emerging in mid May in eastern Nebraska. Photo by Greg …

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Turkey Down

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Nebraska’s spring turkey season has been open for several weeks now.  Oh yes, I have been out, have had success.  In fact, I punched a tag back a few weeks, but have been busy blogging about other “stuff”.  Time to change that. I have always said that the key to successful spring turkey hunting is scouting, scouting and more scouting.  If you can hunt and scout the same areas over time, over several seasons, you will accumulate a wealth of …

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Goose Lake Success

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I spread word last week about the rotenone renovation of Goose Lake.  I was busy and did not make it up to see the operation, but I did see a couple of follow-up photos.  It is always unbelievable the numbers, and domination, of rough fish when we do a renovation! Previous renovations of sandhill lakes have shown that there can be over 1600 pounds per acre of just common carp (Rat and Beaver)!  At that level, there just ain’t much …

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Plan to Take ‘Em Fishing and Here’s How

From all indicators, he absolutely loved it! That would describe my young grandson’s first fishing expedition. I loved it, too! So, have you, the avid angler, taken a youth or a newcomer out fishing? Hmmm … You should! Well, let me tell you that there continue to be incentives for you to introduce someone new or someone who hasn’t been out on the water in a while to the lifestyle of fishing. In fact, the incentives offered are part of …

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