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Blue Lake reopens after long closure

Blue Lake

ALLIANCE, Neb. — A Sandhills fishing destination has reopened after a 28-month closure. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has reopened the access road to Blue Lake in the Sandhills of Garden County. The 2.7-mile two-track trail through private property has been closed since March 2019 because of flooding. Joe Rydell, a fisheries biologist for Game and Parks, said the water level has subsided enough that the trail can be navigated, with caution. This week, he mowed the trail and …

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Big catfish splash into Cunningham Lake prior to opener

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Adult-size channel catfish have been stocked in Omaha’s Cunningham Lake just in time for its Aug. 5 reopening. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on July 28 stocked 255 “bonus” catfish ranging from 1 to 13 pounds, averaging 7. While the lake had been stocked previously in preparation for the reopening, this stocking will provide anglers an opportunity to catch larger fish from the still-developing fishery. Since 2020, catfish, white bass, bluegill, largemouth bass and crappie have …

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Hackberry Lake to be chemically renovated Aug. 9

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hackberry Lake on the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge will be chemically renovated the week of Aug. 9 as part of the ongoing Aquatic Habitat Project on the refuge. The rotenone treatment is aimed to eliminate common carp, an undesirable species detrimental to aquatic habitat, water quality and sport fish populations. Restocking will occur later this fall. Liberalized fishing regulations have been in effect the past two years on Hackberry, where length limits were rescinded but daily bag …

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Catch these Game and Parks education events in August

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska Game and Parks Commission educators have scheduled a month full of interesting and engaging events for the curious in August. Here are a few opportunities: Four Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Nights scheduled for Aug. 11 LINCOLN, Neb. – Grab your fellow nature nerds and join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission as it hosts four Nebraska Nature Nerd Trivia Nights across the state Aug. 11. Nature is cool, so there is no shortage of topics questions …

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Nebraska fall turkey permits available beginning Aug. 9

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Hunters may begin purchasing 2021 Nebraska fall turkey permits Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. Central time. A fall turkey permit is valid statewide and allows a hunter to harvest two turkeys of either sex with a shotgun or archery equipment. Each hunter may have up to two permits. There is no minimum age requirement for youth. The fall turkey season is Sept. 15, 2021 – Jan. 31, 2022. Permits will be available at OutdoorNebraska.org and Nebraska Game …

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Dark skies, bright stars and music top August parks events

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From the annual Nebraska Star Party to sandcastle building and pioneer musicals, August promises a variety of events at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission locations. A park entry permit is required of each vehicle entering a park area. Learn more at OutdoorNebraska.org. Celebrate dark skies at annual star party Aug. 1-6 at Merritt Reservoir LINCOLN, Neb. – Take advantage of Merritt Reservoir’s dark skies and take in the wonders of the night sky during the 28th annual Nebraska Star Party on …

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Calamus Kayak Adventure Race postponed

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Calamus Kayak Adventure Race, scheduled for July 29, has been postponed because a health alert for a harmful algal bloom was issued at Calamus State Recreation Area on July 23. Calamus Superintendent Logan Epp said he hopes to reschedule the event but that will depend on the future presence of the harmful algal bloom, also known as blue-green algae. Lakes are tested weekly by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy. The race was to be …

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Grove Trout Rearing Station closing temporarily to visitors

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Grove Trout Rearing Station near Royal, Nebraska, will be closed to visitors until further notice due to upcoming expected high air temperatures in the area. Trout have been experiencing some health issues as the water to the facility has been warming. Warm water holds less oxygen, which is crucial to trout production. Additional stressors could further compromise fish health, prompting the decision to close visitation to this popular Antelope County destination. “Game and Parks and the …

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Nebraska Big Game Society supports big game efforts with Game and Parks donation

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Big Game Society, which raises money through membership dues and its fundraising spring auction and dinner, donated $27,000 to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on July 13. NBGS President Justin Hertzel, Secretary Jim King and board members Aaron Baumann and Tom King made a check presentation to Game and Parks Director Jim Douglas. The check represented the sale of the Nebraska Resident Elk tag to the highest bidder. Additional funds raised are earmarked for …

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Bighorn sheep lottery applications close Aug. 6

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LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will accept applications for a 2021 bighorn sheep lottery permit through Aug. 6. Only Nebraska residents are eligible. Apply at a Nebraska Game and Parks office or at outdoornebraska.org. A $29 nonrefundable application fee must accompany each application. The 2021 bighorn sheep season is Nov. 30 – Dec. 22. The permit will be drawn Aug. 27.

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