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Another season of family fun scheduled with Community Fishing Events

Join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for another spring and summer of fun with Community Fishing Events.

Community Fishing Events provide opportunities for people of all ages who have never fished or have not fished in years to learn and enjoy the activity. Rods and reels, as well as bait and fishing instruction, will be available for free.

“We invite you to join us at one or several of our events to learn how to fish or to bring a friend and spend time fishing,” said Larry Pape, fisheries education specialist. “Spring and summer can be busy, but fishing is a fun, convenient activity that can provide quality time for everyone, and we are here to help you have great outdoor experiences.”

Look for the Community Fishing Events Trailer at each site. Appropriate fishing and park permits are required. All fishing regulations apply.

The fourth year of the Discover Fly-Fishing program also will kick off May 26 at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake. Discover Fly-Fishing events, which are held in conjunction with Community Fishing Events, are free and open to anyone interested in a basic introduction to fly-fishing. Learn about the equipment and how to use it, then watch a fly-tying demonstration. Loaner fly rods will be available.

The following Community Fishing Events are from 6-8 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The schedule is:

May 8 – Scottsbluff, Riverside Discovery Center Pond

May 26 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake

June 1 – Omaha, Fontenelle Park Pond

June 2 – Grand Island, Mormon Island State Recreation Area No. 1

June 8 – Papillion, Lake Halleck

June 10 – North Platte, Birdwood Lake

June 12 – Scottsbluff, Terry’s Pit

June 15 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake

June 16 – Omaha, Towl Park Pond

June 21 – Lincoln, Bowling Lake

June 22 – Bellevue, Kramer Park Lake

June 30 – Norfolk, Skyview Lake

July 5 – Omaha, Benson Park Pond

July 6 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake

July 8 – Broken Bow, Melham Lake

July 12 – Papillion, Lake Halleck

July 13 – Lincoln, Bowling Lake

July 14 – Norfolk, Skyview Lake

July 15 – Holdrege, North Park Lake

July 19 – Omaha, Fontenelle Park Pond

July 20 – Papillion, Prairie Queen Lake

July 26 – Bellevue, Kramer Park Lake

July 27 – Gibbon, Windmill SRA No. 2

July 28 – Grand Island, Mormon Island SRA No. 1

Aug. 2 – Papillion, Lake Halleck

Aug. 3 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake

Aug. 5 – Kearney, Fort Kearny SRA No. 6

Aug. 13 – North Platte, Iron Horse Lake

Sept. 11 – Scottsbluff, Riverside Discovery Center Pond

Discover Fly-Fishing – 6-8 p.m.

May 26 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake

June 1 – Omaha, Fontenelle Park Pond

June 23 – Bellevue, Kramer Park Lake

July 13 – Lincoln, Bowling Lake

July 28 – Grand Island, Mormon Island SRA No. 1

Family Fun Event – 6-10 p.m.

June 8, June 22, July 6, Aug. 3 – McCook, Red Willow Reservoir

Hooked for Life – 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

May 7, June 4, July 9, Aug. 6, Sept. 10 – McCook, Barnett Park Ponds

Other events

May 21 – Kearney, Fort Kearny SRA No. 6, Free Fishing Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

May 25 – Kearney, Archway Lakes, Cops and Bobbers, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

May 30 – Kearney, Fort Kearny SRA No. 6, Fish Fort Kearny, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

June 4 – Loup City, Bowman Lake, Polish Days Family Fishing, 1-3 p.m.

June 18 – Grand Island, Mormon Island SRA No. 2, Family Outdoor Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

June 18 – Ravenna, Ravenna Lake, Family Fishing at Annevar Days, 2-4 p.m.

June 18 – Lincoln, Conestoga Lake, Day at the Lake, Aquatic Habitat 25th anniversary event

June 22 – Kearney, Archway Lakes, Reels and Rescues, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

June 23 – Lincoln, Wildwood Lake, Lower Platte South Natural Resources District 50th Anniversary Celebration, 5:30-8 p.m.

June 25 – Lincoln, Branched Oak Lake, White Perch Tournament, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

July 9 – Lincoln, Branched Oak Lake, Family Fishing Event, 9 a.m.-noon

July 16 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake, Cornhusker State Games, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

July 23 – North Platte, Lake Maloney, Carp-O-Rama, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

July 26 – Kearney, Archway Lakes, Hooks and Ladders, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

July 26 – Bellevue, Kramer Park Lake, Discover Bow Fishing, 6-8 p.m.

Oct. 15 – Omaha, Fontenelle Park Pond, Fontenelle Family Fishing Frenzie, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Visit OutdoorNebraska.gov/familyfishing for more information on Family Fishing Events or OutdoorNebraska.org to purchase fishing or park permits.

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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