In the Wild with Greg Wagner

Heading to the Gavins Point Dam Area? by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

A message and pics for those heading to the Gavins Point Dam Area in northeast Nebraska from my good friend Rich McShane of Omaha, NE who is with the Nebraska Walleye Association … 

These pictures were taken by me at 5:00pm on Saturday Oct 2nd below Gavins Point Dam at Yankton.  They show opening paddlefish snagging weekend anglers and how the opening of all 14 of the gates on the dam affects fishing downstream.  I believe the gates had not been opened since 1998 until being done so earlier this year. The area manager told me they are scheduled to remain open through November.  Unbelievable amount of water. I was up there for a walleye tournament and go back Oct 15-16 for paddlefish.

Thanks a million Rich, appreciate the message and the photos! Let us know how you do with your paddlefish snagging, will ya’?  Never know, might see you up that way. Take care, be safe and wear your life jacket! GW.



Just wanna show you how flooding is impacting areas along the Missouri River on our eastern border, especially near Omaha. These photos, courtesy of my good friend Brook Bench at Omaha City Parks, are all of N.P. Dodge Park on the northeastern edge of the city.

All areas that we are aware of on the Missouri River bottom are closed to access due to the extensive flooding.

Herb Angell, our Game and Parks Boating Law Administrator, is strongly suggesting that people stay off the Missouri River as it is beyond flood stage and dangerously high. The river is running is extremely fast, plus carrying a lot of debris. In fact, Herb says, there is so much bottomland flooding that the river is inaccessible by boat anyway.

Don’t forget though, state parks along the Missouri River like Indian Cave, Ponca and Niobrara are accessible by road and have high-and-dry campsites available for the weekend.  

Might see you out there, but not on the Missouri River!