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Spring Trout Stocking, 2024

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As soon as our ice season came to its unfortunate early end, my phone started ringing.  “When will you be stocking trout?” About the same time every year, March. And now we have a schedule: Two Rivers Trout Lake to open March 9; statewide stockings to follow Spring has come early and Nebraskans are eager to fish. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is scheduling the release of rainbow trout in waters across the state this spring. This will give …

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Access Notes

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We have open water exceptionally early this year, some exceptionally warm weather too.  That means folks want to fish!!!!! Before you head out, know that in at least some parts of the state, water levels are low and you might have some access challenges.  These news items have been making the rounds recently and I am going to spread the word some more: Low water affecting Nebraska boaters this spring People planning to launch boats in Nebraska this spring should …

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Sport Show

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It is that time of year again.  Everyone starts getting the spring fever about this time.  At the least we can get together and talk about it! I will be. Click on the logo for more information. Bring the family and stop by.  Our Nebraska Game & Parks Commission booth will be in the middle of it all.  Come ask questions, pick up some information, look at pictures, tell a story or two, listen to a few. Sure, come take …

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Fly-tying Workshops

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This news release has been making the rounds: Game and Parks to host fly-tying workshops in March Anglers can learn the basics of fly tying that will prepare them to catch trout and panfish this spring. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host fly-tying workshops March 6 and 10 at the Turpin Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. Members of the Cornhusker Fly Fishers Club will teach the two sessions, which are at 6 p.m. March 6 and 2 p.m. …

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Minnow King

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Saw a new commercial I like.  Like many of the best ones, this is a Rapala commercial: “Anything to drink?” “Water!” Bwaaaaahahahahaha! If you are like me, you sometimes need to catch up with the latest and greatest products and lingo.  Yes a Ned BLT is needed too! We have open water in most of the state.  I have no recent catches to tell you about, but I am hearing a few reports!  Wait for a warm afternoon and get …

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State Record Summary, 2023

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We are a month into 2024 already.  Let me summarize the state record fish we had caught in Nebraska last year. One Last Entry Invariably, as soon as I post a state record update a new entry hits my desk.  Last fall was no exception.  My last update was in October and I posted a postscript to that update.  I had received news of a new state record right after that blog was posted.  At that time I teased that …

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Guide Rock Diversion Dam

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Quick news item today.  Once again I know this is not going to impact many, but it will a few.  If you are one of those, you will want to know.  Also, this road closure could last for some time: Road to Guide Rock Diversion Dam WMA closed for construction The south access road at Guide Rock Diversion Dam Wildlife Management Area near Guide Rock in Webster County will be closed temporarily to vehicle access due to construction beginning Feb. …

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A Backyard Prairie

An Acreage Transformed Story and photos by Renae Blum When Sue Kirkpatrick bought her acreage in 2013, which is 3 miles east of Lincoln, she didn’t intend to become a native prairie hobbyist. After 30 years of living in neighborhoods with city ordinances, neighborhood covenants and manicured lawns, Kirkpatrick simply desired the freedom to do what she wanted in a more relaxed environment. But things changed after she signed up for the Nebraska Master Naturalist Program in 2014. The program …

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Bah, Humbug

I was accused of being grouchy this week.  Actually, another adjective was used, but I will not repeat it here. Is it any wonder? With some modifications, this meme pretty much nails it: Oh sure, I will transition to open-water fishing.  Gotta fish!  However, I know there is a lot of cold weather, cold water, and tough fishing to come before “spring” is really here.  Under those conditions, I can, and have, caught way more fish through a hole in …

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Flanagan Tagagan

Have only fished the relatively new Flanagan Reservoir in NW Omaha a couple of times.  Have caught a grand total of four northern pike there so far. Two of them were tagged. Previously mentioned some details about the first of those tagged pike, On Ice, On Air.  Let me return to that subject today, tell you about the other tagged Flanagan pike, and explain a little more about the fisheries work going on there. Let me start all the way …

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