Barbs and Backlashes

Flooding by whitetips
June 15, 2010, 3:28 pm
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If you live anywhere in Nebraska you are aware of the flooding that is occurring right now in many parts of the state.  I have heard some references to this being “the worst ever” and in some parts of the state I am sure it is probably as bad as it has ever been.  But, this is life in the Great Plains.  Remember how dry it was just a few years ago?  Our weather patterns are always changing; it has been wet before, will be wet again; it has been dry before, will be dry again.

There is no doubt there are going to be damages and some things will not be fixed for weeks, maybe months.  Some folks will suffer loss from all of this, and we feel for you.  Our fisheries will be impacted too.  Unfortunately there have been some waters like Lake Ericson where the dam was washed away and who knows if that will ever be the same again?  Goose Lake has extremely high water levels right now.  Carp exclusion structures were built at Goose Lake when the Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation Project was completed a few years ago, , and those structures were designed to be higher than a certain amount of flooding, but I am afraid what we have now is way beyond that and there may be carp re-invading Goose Lake and other waters even as I type this.  We will see what fisheries look like after all of this and manage them accordingly.

Please do not think I am cavalier about all of the flooding and the problems it causes, but I want to point out that there are some benefits to our fisheries.

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Collecting eggs by whitetips
March 26, 2010, 9:09 am
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Easter comes early for Nebraska fisheries workers; we have crews out collecting eggs already!  No, they are not wandering around looking for some pretty chocolate-covered candy eggs that some Easter bunny dropped someplace; they are out collecting fish eggs to produce fish to stock in Nebraska waters!

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Ramblings, March 1, 2010 by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
March 1, 2010, 4:36 pm
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I have been out of the office quite a bit the past couple of weeks.  Had a couple, three different meetings to attend.

I worked in some fishing when I could (wink).

So let me give you a report.

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Stunted????? by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
January 12, 2010, 1:12 pm
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Pull up a chair, let me use my blog today to crawl up on a soap box for a little bit.  There is a little issue that has come to my attention; let me address it and try to do a little edumacating in the process.

What do we mean when we talk about a population of fish that is “stunted”?  Let me answer that–a population of fish that is stunted simply has slow growth rates; fish are not growing to their potential because there is not enough food.  Typically this occurs in panfish populations where reproduction produces more small panfish than there is prey to feed them all.

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Where I’ve been: 1/5/10 by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
January 5, 2010, 5:33 pm
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I have been out of the office for an extended time; finally back today to dozens of e-mails.  Man, why did I come back to work?  To give you an idea of why I say that, let me give you a little report of where I have been and what I have been doing for the past few weeks.

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