June 13, 2016

It is often mentioned amongst anglers that a five fish per day in any multi-day event will typically put you in the money.  That notion held true at the 2016 TBF Nebraska State Tournament.

Solid weights were weighed in after day one as many anglers found fish located in the recently flooded bushes.  Ben Milliken of Bennington, NE was leading after day one with a 5 fish limit of 18.54 pounds.  That bag was anchored by a solid 5.44 pound largemouth.  Bob Walla brought in a solid back at 15.05 pounds.  Rounding out the top 5 after day one was Shane Oltjenbruns (14.56), Robert Hime (14.21) and Lee Wubbels (12.90).

Day two provided for a completely new fishery as water levels dropped several inches overnight.  Many of the day one leaders struggled to adjust.  Milliken’s 3.5 pound lead over second place Walla disappeared as he was only able to bring one fish to the scales at 1.55 pounds.  Walla also struggled bringing just over 3 pounds to the scales opening the door for Shane Oltjenbruns and Robert Hime.

Oltjenbruns’ day two bag of 13.95 coupled with his solid day one allowed him to capture the title with a two-day combined total of 28.51 pounds.  Robert Hime finished second nearly 3 pounds back with a two-day total of 25.39.  Rounding out the top 5; Lee Wubbels, BJ Miller and Dave Thomsen.

Although limits eluded him, Paul Huse put together a two-day effort that tallied 20.81 pounds and earned him the 2016 Co-Angler title.  Jacob Rasmussen shocked the Co-Angler field after day one when he brought in a gigantic bag at 17 pounds.  Rasmussen put everyone on notice that he was here to win the title.  Though over 5 pounds behind Rasmussen, Huse brought in a solid bag that weighed 11.66 pounds.

Much like the rest of the field, Rasmussen struggled on day two with just over 3.64 pounds.  Brian Sorensen brought in a nice bag to 11.66 pounds to lead all day two Co-Anglers.  It was Paul Huse’s consistency that allowed him to capture the title with a day two total of 9.15 pounds.  Rounding out the top 5 in the Co-Angler Field was Jacob Rassmussen finishing second followed by Brian Sorensen, Billy Ray and Brian Daschel.

The qualifying anglers will compete in the 2016 Semi Final to take place later this fall in Pickstown, SD.

Complete tournament results can be found HERE.

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2016 SAF High School Championship

Nebraska Game and Parks is proud to announce the 2016 SAF event is scheduled for July 23, 2016 at Elwood Reservoir.  This event will host some of the top high school anglers that Nebraska has to offer.  Elwood Reservoir is centrally located and will allow anglers to catch largemouth and spotted bass.  Check out or email Larry Pape for additional details at

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Nebraska Jr. Angler Champioship

The 2015 Star city Jr. Angler Championship is complete.  Congrats to Brennen Teter (11-14 age group) and Taylor Stanley (15-18 Age Group) for winning their divisions.  Nice Job guys.  A special thanks to all of the volunteer boaters for offering up their time and boats.

Pavelka, Rowland Win State High School Fishing Title

LINCOLN – Grant Pavelka and Tyler Rowland of the North Platte Bass Bosses caught a five-fish limit weighing 9.86 pounds to capture the Nebraska SAF High School Fishing Championship on July 25 at Lewis and Clark Lake near Crofton.

DSCN1407-1045x784The winning team’s largest bass weighed 2.35 pounds. Ben Pavelka was the team’s coach and boat operator.

Rees Cudaback and Eli Leggett of the Millard North Mustangs took second place with three fishing weighing 5.84 pounds. Zane Leibhart and Brent Bergman of Lincoln County Bass Bosses caught three fish weighing 4.86 pounds for third place.

The Millard North team of Caleb Hoover and Grant Young caught the tournament’s biggest bass at 2.49 pounds.

This fifth annual event was held at Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area’s Weigand Marina. Twelve teams competed. Each team could weigh in a maximum of five largemouth bass, with a minimum length limit of 12 inches. Continue reading