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Largemouth Bass on Ice

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Participated in a radio interview with a very well known bass jock one time.  I will not drop names here, but if I did, you would know who I was talking about.  It was winter and he was in the area meeting with one of his sponsors.  I guess pro bass jocks do that during the “off-season”. Off-season? We asked him about bass fishing during his “off-season”.  Asked if he had he ever ice-fished? He said he would try ice-fishing …

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“Grass Still Ain’t Greener”

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Nebraska is not known as one of the top fishing destinations in North America.  Never has been, never will be.  We simply do not have that much water.  On the other hand, folks who think all the good fishing is in some other state are sorely mistaken. This topic was the subject of a blog post I did a few years back, “Grass is always greener”.  In that post I looked deeper into In-Fisherman’s annual Master Angler Program.  Their Master …

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Why Would Someone Even Think of Going Ice Fishing?

“Ice fishing is an experience you can’t live from the couch,” Kyle Kovnesky, hardcore ice fisherman from Abrams, WI. Why do normally stable people go out in extremely cold weather to venture onto a frozen snow and windswept body of water to freeze their tails off and stare down through a hole in the ice to catch a fish? Think about the scenario in that question. It would seem that this is not a logical or sane thing to do. Or, …

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Patience

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Quick blog post today, not a lot of time, but let me make some comments: First, some of you will be interested in this little news update:  Access to Hudson Lake has been reopened. Hudson Lake in Cherry County reopened to ice fishing. Hudson Lake, which is about 24 miles southwest of Valentine, is available for public recreation through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Open Fields and Waters Program. Hudson Lake is open to ice fishing until March 1, …

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Only the Cool Kids Do It!

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Those of us who ice-fish have always known it.  Others are just beginning to figure it out. . . . Only the “cool kids” ice fish! Don’t believe me?  This commercial has been running on TV lately: I know this, they do not come any “cooler” than Matthew McCounghey! And he’s ice-fishing! When I run into ole Matt on the ice sometime, we will have to share tips: I thought it looked like he could have used more bait on …

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Some Updates, Jan. 8, 2020

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I am still getting caught up on some “stuff” after the holidays.  Want to post some updates about several things in this blog post.  Yes, I know some of these have made the rounds already, know that the news has already been released, but I want to spread the word as much as possible.  So, in no particular order: Holmes Lake ice-fishing event canceled LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has canceled the Discover Ice-Fishing Clinic scheduled …

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Be It Resolved. . . .

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Gotta be honest with you.   I am still “out of the office”, but still have not been on the ice.  It embarrasses and pains me to say that!  Actually, I have been on it a couple, three times, but have not found any safe enough to fish.  Now, I am fully aware that ice fishing is occurring in parts of our great state.  Just is, I have not been there, yet.  Oh, over the holidays I thought I would make …

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Merry Christmas, 2019

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Not going to be in the office much the next few days.  Not going to be on the key-board.  So, on my way out the door. . . Merry Christmas! I would much rather wish you happy holidays from a bucket on the ice instead of sitting behind my desk.  Hopefully, that will be the case! I do have one gift that some of you have been looking for. . . . The “hard copy” of the 2020 Fishing Forecast …

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Ralphie

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No, not that Ralphie, not the one in the pink bunny suit.  Yes, I know ’tis the season. This “Ralphie” That is my co-worker here at the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Ralph Wall.  Ralph has been our radio and TV guy for many years, about 24 of them.  He is retiring at the end of the year.  Ralph has worked for our agency since we had our own TV show on Nebraska public TV.  Many of you will know …

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