Finally- open water in Nebraska

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Spring is finally here! Well….sorta. Between 70 degree days and snowdrifts, it’s hard to tell at times. This week has been up and down in major ways, but we still found some fish that were willing to play.

Searching for saugers on the canal system proved to be work. They are really moving around right now, and don’t seem to be concentrated in any specific areas. I’m sure the weather has a little something to do with that, too. With St Patty’s day being 75 or so degrees, then a mini-blizzard the next day, you can understand why. We were able to get 6 saugers, with this nice 19 1/2 incher being the best so far. Great coloration on this male. Hopefully they become more predictable soon.

The real ticket has been crappies. They’ve been aggressive, and somewhat plentiful. We had 35 one day, and nearly 60 another. Some real nice fish, including the 14 incher seen above, caught by fellow IDOer HuskerDB.

Another nice couple of fish caught by my friend Clayton went over 12″, with a slow presentation ruling the day. These fish are mostly hitting plastics, but a few marabous are being attacked as well. Get out and enjoy the spring. It can’t be winter forever!


  1. Good work Brian. 10 degrees here this morning but the 10 day forecast is looking more consistent for warmer temps.

  2. Boy I hear ya Ben. 11 here when I woke up this morning. Some days in the not-so-distant future are looking pretty good for me to be fishing some of my 6 days off this next week.

  3. Nice to know that country is enjoying spring with some fishing. But this privilege is still not yet with New Jersey. Still some snow is falling out there.

    Anyways, so ready with your boats. All entanglement with shaft and propeller checked to enjoy the spring fishing without any interruption.

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