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.



As a gauge for area ice anglers, my staff and I checked ice conditions on Carter Lake in northeast Omaha today. We were curious to see what ice conditions were like, especially following these evening rains in Omaha.

We found that the lake had about 1-2 inches of slush ice on top of anywhere from 7-11 inches of hard ice. In places water was sitting on top of the ice and we noted a number of potentially dangerous spots. Shoreline melting of ice was also very prevalent. The ice is getting very dicey!

Biologist Daryl Bauer of our Fisheries Division says:  “Tell your ice anglers this, Greg: If they don’t feel comfortable about going out onto the ice, or have any doubts about doing that whatsoever, then absolutely don’t try it!”

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Bauer says that for all practical purposes, the ice fishing season is quickly coming to an end. He did add, however, that scenarios like this one below could offer some decent angling action where you could fish from the bank casting into the warmer, ice-free, open waters of the Missouri River for channel catfish with cut bait or a fish-type bait. I should have brought my bait shrimp and my tackle to the river, what was I thinking? Oh, and please be careful on those slippery banks and heed any flood advisories, will ya’? Thanks.

See you out there, always playing it safe! Now, where’s my fishin’ stuff?