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June is great month to give urban fisheries a try

LINCOLN, Neb. – Big fish in small waters. That’s what anglers can catch this month in urban ponds and lakes across the state.

Greg Wagner, public information officer with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, says smaller fisheries often are overlooked, especially around Omaha.

“Don’t forget that big fish do live in small waters,” he said. “Metro area anglers shouldn’t overlook what’s in their own backyard. Some of these fisheries are underutilized.”

June is a month when the water warms, making the fish more active and willing to bite. Later in the summer, small aquatic creatures will be abundant in the water, and compete with an angler’s bait.

Nebraska’s urban fisheries typically are stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish. Each of those species can be caught on simple equipment with a simple bait. “This is nightcrawler time,” Wagner said. “You just can’t go wrong with a worm, especially with a small bobber.”

Shoreline access at some of the state’s urban fisheries, such as Lake Halleck in Papillion, is excellent. Some, like Omaha’s Zorinsky Lake and Lincoln’s Bowling Lake, offer accessible fishing decks.

Urban fisheries are the perfect place to take fishing someone new or someone who has not been fishing in a while. When you do, snap a photo and enter to win prizes in the Take ’em Fishing challenge. Visit outdoornebraska.gov/takeemfishing for details.

Go to OutdoorNebraska.org to buy a fishing permit and to find urban fisheries across the state.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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