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Hopping and Squirming

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Last week I wrote a blog about all of the high water and flooding we have seen in the state this year and the many impacts that will have on our aquatic resources and fish populations (Water, water everywhere).  I am not going to re-hash that blog here, you can read it if you want to know the many negative, and positive benefits we will realize from all the water we have had this year. No, in this blog post …

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New trout stream section to improve habitats near Mitchell

MITCHELL, Neb. – Anglers, fish and a diverse set of wildlife will soon enjoy a new stretch of trout stream in the western Panhandle. Construction is underway to add nearly three-quarters of a mile of trout stream on Dry Spotted Tail Creek just west of Mitchell in Scotts Bluff County. The new stream section, which is being constructed to receive water from the creek’s existing straightened channel, will result in new wetland habitat for many aquatic species and terrestrial wildlife …

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On the Air

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Heading over tomorrow to be on my buddy Greg Wagner’s radio show.  That is nothing new, Greg has me over a few times every year to talk fishing in Nebraska.  What is new is Greg’s Great Outdoor radio show has a new home, Boomer Radio.  You can listen live right HERE, 9:00 a.m. Central Time, or catch us later on the Pod Cast. As usual when I am on Greg’s radio show, the topic will be fishing in Nebraska.  Listen, …

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Water, water everywhere

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Without a doubt, this has been a wet year in Nebraska.  If you look at a map of precipitation since Jan. 1, most of the state is above average and parts of the state are well above average. The result of all of that water has been high water levels in rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, pits and ponds, and in fact many of those waterbodies have experienced flooding this year.  We all know that there have been some devastating consequences …

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Turtle Men

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Some times I have a plan for blog posts, have an idea what I am going to blog about days in advance. And some days I have no idea. Today was one of those days, then I started going through my e-mails and something fell into my lap.  Well, not literally falling into my lap, maybe fell into my ears would be a better description. . . . I have told you before about fishstories.org, a project I was introduced …

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Lewis & Clark

Paradise in the North There aren’t many places you can pull your boat up on the bank at Lewis and Clark Lake. Water has eroded away hillsides ringing much of the lake, leaving cliffs that reveal colorful layers of Niobrara chalk and Carlisle shale, part of the geology of the area. Below those cliffs, more than 100 feet high in places, the shoreline is just too rocky. Still, boaters make the most of it, anchoring in the shadow of those …

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Trout Slam Update, Summer 2019

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It has been way too long since I have given an update on our Trout Slam challenge.  Yes, there has been less interest since the challenge was introduced, and there is good reason for that–I will explain in just a minute.  However, folks are still out there catching trout, still making progress towards completing their Trout Slam! As of right now we have had 116 anglers enter 223 fish for the Trout Slam.  There have been a few mis-identifications or …

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Quick Update, July 29, 2019

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I know this is not much of an update, and many will not care, but it does include several fishing areas, so I want to get the word out.  After our most recent round of flooding in central Nebraska, Several state park areas reopen to public use after flooding LINCOLN, Neb. – Several state recreation areas in the central portion of Nebraska have reopened to the public after closure due to flooding. Union Pacific, Johnson Lake and Gallagher Canyon state …

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Filming

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Was having a conversation with some guys at lunch the other day, you will know they were all members of an older generation when I tell you that I had to explain to them the whole YouTube phenomenon. . . . That all you have to do is get a couple of GoPros and film several angles of every second of your fishing trips, do some editing of all the raw footage, post ’em on YouTube, gain a following of …

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