Blow Boat Cats
Shallow water and plenty of sandbars make navigating the Platte River nearly
impossible in a conventional motorboat, but those obstacles don't phase airboats,
making the craft a perfect choice for anglers looking to pull catfish from
Fishing With Tom
Whether it's fly-fishing for salmon in Alaska or taking some boys to a Lincoln-area
farm pond, former University of Nebraska football coach Tom Osborne loves fishing.
Plan for Success--A First Look at This Year's Fishing Trips
Maps....Computers....Surveys....Biologists. Spending a bit more time in the
off-season organizing this year's fishing trips will pay the dividends you're
looking for during the fishing season.
Fishing--A Plan for Success--Part II
Afternoon trips....Two-day retreats....Weeklong excursions. The following tips
include how to arrange this year's fishing trips, regardless of how long you
want to fish, plus a few dream trips of my own.
For the second year, Garden County High School science and biology instructor
Jerry Sutton's class, "Freshwater Ecology--From the Fly-Fisherman's Perspective" is
attracting a lot of attention. Students, parents, volunteer instructors, and
a host of statewide observers, including fisheries biologists and educators,
are interested in Sutton's innovative educational and motivating curriculum.
Across Nebraska: A Guide to Public Fishing Lakes in the I-80 Corridor
Interstate 80 stretches 455 miles across Nebraska, which makes for a long drive.
Luckily, during most of the trip there are often lakes located near the interstate
where you can take a break, stretch the legs and enjoy some good fishing. Here's
a guide to some of them.
World Apart--Merritt Reservoir SRA
Located on the edge of the Sandhills and far from the lights of the city, scenic
Merritt Reservoir is a popular destination for anglers, hunters and anyone
else who enjoys natures and solitude.
Lake Trout Rearing Station
Located north of Royal on the east branch of Verdigre Creek, this facility
raises trout fingerlings in a park-like setting. Visitors are welcome to stop
by and view the facility and can even feed the trout themselves.
Until a few years ago, Merritt Reservoir and Watts Lake were the only muskie
waters in Nebraska. But, with an improved method of stocking, fisheries biologists
are now establishing muskies in several more lakes across the state.
Bass at Little Lakes
Spending a sunny, clear, windy morning on Fremont Lakes without catching a
fish was a blow to the anglers' ego, but when the clouds rolled in these fishermen's
wrists soon tired from reeling in bass.
Minatare: A Surprising Discovery
At first, fishing in this wide spot of an old irrigation system doesn't appear
promising, but look again. Careful forage fish management and newly constructed
reefs - adding structure and habitat - have turned this 2,158-acre reservoir
into a promising Panhandle fishery.
Are for Trout
For most of their lives, Eloise Johnson and Carmen Frickenstein have fished
Verdigre Creek. Now retired, the long-time friends still slip on hip waders,
wander downstream and probe their favorite holes for trout.
Reservoirs: Something for Every Angler
Luckily for anglers, water has a way of piling up behind dams. Fish like it,
too. Nebraska has about 70 midsize reservoirs, most in the eastern part of
the state, ranging from 15 to 1,800 acres. Today these waters are places to
fish, boat and camp, but, when construction started in the 1950s, recreation
was not part of the plan. The efforts of Mel Steen, former director of the
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and others changed that and gave anglers
plenty of places to fish.
Against the Grain
Steve Isom of Valentine is not a hard-core maverick, but challenging long-held
ice fishing lore has paid off for him.
Trout grow fast in the cold, nutrient-rich water flowing from Lake Ogallala
into the Sutherland Supply Canal, and anglers fishing from the canal's banks
regularly catch healthy, high-quality fish — and sometimes, a memorable trophy.