In the Wild with Greg Wagner

FISH TROUT CREEKS THAT DON’T FREEZE by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Don’t like to ice fish but wanna wet a line this time of year, huh? Well, then listen up and then dust off your insulated waders, because northern Nebraska’s spring-fed trout streams will fill that bill. Most of them don’t completely freeze, even during the coldest of winters. They offer excellent trout fishing for rainbows and browns from the bank or in the water with waders, as well as ample opportunities to see a variety of wildlife species amid beautiful scenery. The other thing: They’ll be little to no competition to catch these trout even on public access areas along popular creeks like Long Pine, Plum and the East Branch of the Verdigre except maybe from Daryl Bauer of our Game and Parks Fisheries Divison that is, ha! Glance at his blog:

Fellow Game and Parks compatriot of mine and Daryl’s is Andy Glidden, Fisheries Biologist based out of Bassett, who works Long Pine Creek in Brown County. He recommends the use of small baits and lures as the metabolism of the trout has slowed with much colder water temperatures. Glidden specifically says to try waxworms, salmon eggs or tiny spinners or spoons (silver on sunny days and gold on cloudy days) for best success. He also advises to be sneaky and stealthy along any of these creeks as water conditions will be super-clear and you don’t want to spook the fish!  Andy has graciously provided winter photos of Long Pine Creek on the Long Pine State Recreation Area for you to see.

Also, friend Bob Johnston of Elkhorn shares a winter photo of the East Branch of the Verdigre Creek flowing through the Grove Lake Wildlife Management Area in Antelope County.

I’ll see you out there tackling trout on one or more of these creeks! I hope I don’t fill up my waders with that ice-cold water, WHEW!

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You guys are killing me! I wish I was on those streams right now! And then you give away one of my best fishing secrets–wax worms ain’t just for ice-fishing!

Daryl B.

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