Current archery seasons for deer, antelope

Rick Windham Outside Columnist

Well, I suspect most of Nebraska’s dove hunting season is over. I think most mourning doves flew south for the winter. All I see are Eurasian Collared Doves, which stay in Nebraska year-round, and they’ve been hunted quite successfully.

Archery seasons for deer and antelope are underway and run until December 31. Archers report seeing a number of deer being pushed around by harvesting operations.

It’s that time of year that you have to be on the lookout for deer popping up on the roadway at any time.

The antelope mouth-loading season has just ended.

The fall turkey seasons (archery and shotgun) are open. I hear some success stories. This is one of Nebraska’s longest hunting seasons through January 31, 2023.

As for fishing, most fish species switch to their fall feeding cycle. That means it’s time to upgrade to bigger baits and increase your retrieving and trolling speeds.

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The fish begin to feed more aggressively as they prepare for winter.

Big Mac’s water level is slowly rising due to the closure of all flows to Lake Ogallala. The current level of the lake is about 37% of the full basin.

Walleye anglers look in the middle areas of the channel in 20 to 40 feet of water. Catch these fish with deep lures and slab baits like the Kastmasters. Crankbaits in red and brown colors produced well.

If you want bass, go to the north shore and go shallow. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are found in 2 to 5 feet of water using spinnerbaits.

Water levels in Lake Ogallala are dropping rapidly. You can still get canoes or kayaks at a few places and fish, but be careful. The canal gates are under construction and this has necessitated the drying up of Lake Ogallala.

This is part of a federally required maintenance project. Low water levels will continue through November.

Inflows from the Sutherland Reservoir are reduced to a trickle. White bass is the most active fish caught, but fishing is difficult.

The entrance is full of bait fish so there is plenty for the bigger fish to eat.

Lake levels are still about the same as last week, but walleye fishing in the main body of the lake is slowing down.

Catfish are still biting all over the lake. Cutbaits and night crawlers work well for channel catfish.

Inflows to Lake Maloney are near zero. The lake level is down a few feet and you can see the mudflats at the end of the inlet channel.

A few walleyes and white bass are caught with live bait and float rigs at the entrance. If you can get into the main body of the lake, Lindy type platforms may be the best technique to try. Minnows and night caterpillars seem to be the best bait for walleye right now.

Water levels in the Tri-County Canal System have dropped slightly. Catfishing is always good along the channel using cut bait from the diversion east of North Platte to Lake Jeffery wherever water flows slow.

You can still find some walleye and sauger under the checks.

Smallmouth bass are still present in the riprap along the banks of the canal. Chartreuses and black jigs work well for small mouths.

Plum Creek Canyon, Midway Lake, and Gallagher Canyon report crappie action using minnows.

The forecast for the weekend promises to be good for getting out and enjoying the outdoors. See you there.

Earnest A. Martinez