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Fishing Instructors to be Trained in Gering

Fishing rods at a youth fishing event
Fishing rods stand ready for use at a youth fishing clinic. Anglers who become certified youth fishing instructors have access to fishing equipment and educational materials for events. (NEBRASKAland/Justin Haag)

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will certify youth fishing instructors Sunday, April 26, at Gering from 2-5 p.m. The free workshop will be at Platte Valley Motor Bank, 1850 10th Street.

Event organizers say the training provides the skills and necessary materials to encourage the next generation of anglers.

Attendees will receive training and tools to conduct fishing clinics. Once certified, the volunteers will have access to Game and Parks’ loaner fishing equipment and educational materials for events, as well as receive program incentives. They also will have the opportunity to teach angling skills at Game and Parks programs such as Family Fishing Nights and the Outdoor Expos.

To reserve a spot, contact Larry Pape, outdoor education specialist, at 402-471-5447 or larry.pape@nebraska.gov.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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