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Questions?

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It truly is amazing the amount of information now at our fingertips.  Never has so much information been available to so many.  And yet, I spend a large portion of every day answering questions, questions for which answers are readily available.  That is fine, every one learns differently, and sometimes the answers are not that easy to find.  If I can help someone, well, that is what I am here for! Nevertheless, recently there was a news release about some …

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Anniversary

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This just dropped on our main Game & Parks Commission FaceBook page, might as well share it around: This year marks the 25th year of Nebraska’s Aquatic Habitat Program! The first of its kind in the nation in 1997, the program has since succeeded in: Generating more than $90 million for improvements to 137 water bodies. Enhancing aquatic ecosystems by implementing restoration techniques in-lake and in the watersheds that feed them. Improving accessibility to the water, through the installation of …

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Float a Water Trail

Eager to get on the water? Yeah, me, too. Summer is a perfect time to float Nebraska’s water trails. There are many reasons to take a float trip on continuously flowing water. You can do it for the openness and space that it offers and the adventure of going somewhere you have never been. You can do it to make connections and memories with people and nature, re-trace history, see a variety of wildlife species, get some fresh air and …

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Community Fishing Events, 2022

Well, we are officially past the opening summer holiday weekend.  So, it is summer, now!  This would be a good time to put out a reminder about all of our community fishing events: Another season of family fun scheduled with Community Fishing Events Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for another spring and summer of fun with Community Fishing Events. Community Fishing Events provide opportunities for people of all ages who have never fished or have not fished in …

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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, …

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Big, Big Weekend

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Like many of you, I am out the door for the long, Memorial Day weekend!  Time for a short blog post before I go. . . . Fish are biting.  I know there will be a lot of folks “wet a line” this weekend, and they should!  I have often said that May and June are two of the best months for fishing open-water in Nebraska.  We are right in the middle of that now, a variety of species are …

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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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