HOLLAND, Neb. - As the seasons shift into the late summer and early fall, one of Nebraska’s most unique outdoor activities is upon us - it’s the pursuit of bullfrogs.

Daryl Bauer, of Nebraska Game and Parks, talked more about the sport of frogging.

“Sometimes this time of the year, the fishing can be a bit tough,” Bauer said. “But the frogs are still there… They’ll bite and chase a bait just like a big fish. You can se them do it and it gives you something to do, middle of the afternoon, before evening when you’re waiting to catch a fish.”

Frogs can be legally harvested in a number of ways, as long as they’re harvested alive and over 4.5” Some anglers wait til dark , to use a flash light to catch the frogs by hand or with a net, while others, like Bauer, prefer a method similar to fishing, with a bait or lure at the end of the line, dropping it near a frog that you can see. They all have the goal of harvesting a couple big ones, to fry up some frog legs.

Bauer says eastern Nebraska is one of the best spots to try frogging.

“Eastern Nebraska, there’s a lot of farm ponds and smaller waters… those are perfect frog habitats,” Bauer said. “And then our smaller reservoirs on this end of the state are really good frog habitats too… there’s guys who will literally wait for August 15, wait for that date, to go out and try catch some frogs.”

As far as tips and tricks for a successful frog harvest, Bauer reminds folks to not be afraid to get in the water especially after recent Southeast Nebraska rains raised water levels.

“Frogs are usually in shallow water, along the shoreline, maybe sitting out in some algae mats in aquatic vegetation, so you’ve got to go slog out and find them,” Bauer said.

The frog season opened on Aug. 15 and remains open through October.