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Refuge or merritt
« on: Jan 23, 2018, 01:00 PM »
Iím taking a couple of older gentleman to the refuge area next week. They enjoyed last year when we fished for pike. Pelican was easy for them to get out on. They have said they might like to fish for some panfish as well. Iíll be real honest with you I have always justed chased after pike out there. Would Merritt or the refuge  be the best place to try for a few panfish both of these guys are NOT the most mobile. If I could get them to an area where they wouldnít have to walk a 1/2 mile that would be great. If anyone has any suggestion you can reply or pm me thanks.

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #2 on: Jan 23, 2018, 05:59 PM »
Thanks Darly havenít seen that info yet. Doesnít matter to the guys that much if they catch much, probably more me trying to make sure they have fun.

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #3 on: Jan 24, 2018, 08:53 AM »
Thanks Darly havenít seen that info yet. Doesnít matter to the guys that much if they catch much, probably more me trying to make sure they have fun.

Good for you!  Thanks for taking them fishing!

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #4 on: Jan 24, 2018, 10:47 AM »
Post back on how you do and wat ice conditions are like... Planning on a similar trip... Hopefully

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #5 on: Jan 24, 2018, 08:51 PM »
Went to Hackenberg and Dewey today and yes Iím from out of town, but I couldnít find a spot deeper than 5ft unless I walked miles. I couldnít find anyone or any signs of people fishing. No I didnít do any tip ups but it was a little discouraging. Maybe next time

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #6 on: Jan 24, 2018, 09:34 PM »
Went to Hackenberg and Dewey today and yes Iím from out of town, but I couldnít find a spot deeper than 5ft unless I walked miles. I couldnít find anyone or any signs of people fishing. No I didnít do any tip ups but it was a little discouraging. Maybe next time

Our sandhill lakes are all relatively shallow--5 feet of water?  FISH IT!!!!!  Start at the outside edge of the bulrushes.

I drove by both Dewey and Hackberry last Saturday, there were plenty of folks fishing both of those lakes.

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #7 on: Jan 25, 2018, 09:45 AM »
Duck has some nice panfish

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #8 on: Jan 25, 2018, 06:43 PM »
I have heard that but is it the Lake with spring that open up? Thanks for all the help the boys are ready to go today but we donít leave until Monday!

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #9 on: Jan 25, 2018, 07:00 PM »
There was 13 inches of ice on duck last weekend so if thereís a spring itís not opening up any time soon

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #10 on: Jan 25, 2018, 08:31 PM »
Went to Hackenberg and Dewey today and yes Iím from out of town, but I couldnít find a spot deeper than 5ft unless I walked miles. I couldnít find anyone or any signs of people fishing. No I didnít do any tip ups but it was a little discouraging. Maybe next time
May hit those up in a couple weeks!  I go to fish and get away from folks! no offense

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #11 on: Jan 28, 2018, 11:14 AM »
Well we are off to the refuge tomorrow early. Will report back let you know how it goes. Talked to a friend who fished Friday and Saturday bite was slow both days with smaller fish biting for the most part. So we will see what happens 59 Tuesday! Maybe I should pack my snorkel and fins :o :o. Thank you again to all who replied

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #12 on: Jan 31, 2018, 02:30 PM »
Duck has some nice panfish

Girlfriend caught the biggest bluegill Iíve ever seen outta duck.

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #13 on: Jan 31, 2018, 07:04 PM »
We are back had a great time the boys, they got to chase some flags for pike, iced a few to eat. I think I understand the 28Ē limit they had on the lakes as it seemed to us that numbers and size where down this year from previous. Did do a little panfishing with some success also. All panfish where released to grow even bigger. Iím excited about the plans for pelican becoming a trophy bluegill Lake. Sure hate to lose then pike fishing but Iím sure the will figure out a Lake for that also. Even if you didnít care about fishing what a fantastic place to view sunrises, sunsets,  wildlife etc. we saw 100ís of grouse. 50 to 60 deer. Pheasants, 1000ís of geese and ducks around Valentine and the best part of the trip for me was a pair of swanís flew right past us low and talking! The fellowship with good friends is priceless also. Laughed until we where sore. All and all a great trip. Iíll post some pics soon. Thanks to all who gave us some pointers.

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #14 on: Jan 31, 2018, 07:12 PM »
Here are a couple of pics thanks again






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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #15 on: Feb 03, 2018, 09:57 AM »
Gonna be headed to Valentine on the 9th was curious how ice is holding up and how fishing has been

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #16 on: Feb 03, 2018, 05:43 PM »
Itís wasnt going anywhere for awhile when we where there. 14 15 inches

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #17 on: Feb 03, 2018, 07:23 PM »
Thanks for the info. This will be a 1st for me fishing the sandhills. I'm looking forward to the trip. The way you described it and stories I have heard make it sound like heaven on earth for anglers and outdoor enthusiast

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #18 on: Feb 04, 2018, 09:32 AM »
Son of liberty, Iím from Omaha and have had those lakes on my bucket list since I was a kid. Iíve been working close to valentine these last few weeks and stopped by Dewey and hackenberry to ice fish and had a hard time finding fish at all! I wasnít using tip ups so donít know on the pike. But finding panfish was difficult to say the least. Got there at 3:30 and fished till dark and nothing. I was told to start at the weed lines and move closer. Itís hard to mark fish in four feet of water and itís super weedy. Good luck

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #19 on: Feb 07, 2018, 10:02 AM »
Thinking of heading up to Refuge lakes this weekend and was curious if anyone had an ice report and fishing report.  I would love to do some flag chasing with my sons and was curious if there is a better spot then any others for getting on some Pike.  Any info would be great.  Thanks.

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #20 on: Feb 07, 2018, 12:21 PM »
The ice on hackenberry and Dewey is 16Ē and the bite has been slow. This was last week

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #21 on: Feb 07, 2018, 05:04 PM »
Thinking of heading up to Refuge lakes this weekend and was curious if anyone had an ice report and fishing report.  I would love to do some flag chasing with my sons and was curious if there is a better spot then any others for getting on some Pike.  Any info would be great.  Thanks.

Start here,

http://outdoornebraska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/VNWR-2017.pdf

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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #22 on: Feb 12, 2018, 08:03 PM »
Made it to Valentine last weekend. Drove through snow and sat through it on Friday got into some good catfish after dark and caught 1 walleye before dusk. Sat was a lot different refuge lakes were slow one gill and one pike. Fished Boardman Sat evening and couldn't pull anything through had them interested but everything was tight lipped.  Fishing was tough, and snow made things more difficult but we still enjoyed our time and will be back




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Re: Refuge or merritt
« Reply #23 on: Feb 13, 2018, 11:07 AM »
I was the otter set up next to you just out of your pic. We found some crappie where you probably saw us out on foot. lots of marks, slow to bite, and alot of misses on light bites. That snow was extremely difficult to move around in. I saw the refuge lakes when the rest of our group was there and that was bad too. pike were all small, decent numbers but no big ones were caught on pelican, and we did ok on bluegill way out on dewey, but too many pike on the camera to keep them biting before taking off.

 



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