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Community Fishing Events, 2023

Today is the first of May.  Let me post this as a reminder:

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.

“Come 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. “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 fifth year of the Discover Fly-Fishing program also will kick off May 25 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 7 – Scottsbluff, Riverside Discovery Center Pond, 4-6 p.m.

May 25 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake

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

June 1 – Omaha, Fontenelle Park Pond

June 2 – North Platte, Birdwood Lake

June 7 – Papillion, Lake Halleck

June 8 – Henderson, City Park Pond, 9 a.m.-noon

June 11 – Scottsbluff, Terry’s Pit, 4-7 p.m.

June 14 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake

June 15 – Omaha, Towl Park Pond

June 20 – Lincoln, Bowling Lake

June 21 – Bellevue, Kramer Park Lake

June 22 – Norfolk, Skyview Lake

July 5 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake

July 6 – Omaha, Benson Park Pond

July 7 – Broken Bow, Melham Lake

July 11 – Papillion, Lake Halleck

July 12 – Lincoln, Bowling Lake

July 13 – Norfolk, Skyview Lake

July 14 – Holdrege, North Park Lake

July 18 – Omaha, Fontenelle Park Pond

July 19 – Papillion, Prairie Queen Lake

July 20 – Gibbon, Windmill SRA No. 2

July 25 – Bellevue, Kramer Park Lake

July 27 – Grand Island, Mormon Island SRA No. 1

July 27 – Schuyler, City Park Pond

Aug. 1 – Papillion, Lake Halleck

Aug. 2 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake

Aug. 4 – Kearney, Fort Kearny SRA No. 6

Aug. 12 – North Platte, Iron Horse Lake

Sept. 10 – Scottsbluff, Riverside Discovery Center Pond, 4-7 p.m.

Discover Fly-Fishing – 6-8 p.m.

May 25 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake

June 1 – Omaha, Fontenelle Park Pond

June 21 – Bellevue, Kramer Park Lake

July 12 – Lincoln, Bowling Lake

July 27 – Grand Island, Mormon Island SRA No. 1

Family Fun Event – 6-10 p.m.

June 7, July 12, Aug. 23 – McCook, Red Willow Reservoir

Hooked for Life – 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

May 6, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 9 – McCook, Barnett Park Ponds

Other events

May 20 – Statewide, Free Fishing and Park Entry Day

May 20 – Kearney, Fort Kearny SRA No. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

May 24 – Kearney, Archway Lakes (Firefighters Museum), Cops and Bobbers, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

May 29 – Kearney, Fort Kearny SRA No. 6, Fish Fort Kearny, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

June 3 – Kearney, Yanney Lake, Heritage Day, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

June 17 – Ravenna, Ravenna Lake, Family Fishing at Annevar Days, 2-4 p.m.

June 21 – Kearney, Archway Lakes (Firefighters Museum), Reels and Rescues, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

June 24 – Lincoln, Branched Oak Lake, White Perch Tournament, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

July 22 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake, Cornhusker State Games, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

July 25 – Kearney, Archway Lakes (Firefighters Museum), Hooks and Ladders, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

July 25 – Bellevue, Kramer Park Lake, Discover Bow Fishing, 6-8 p.m.

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

I always say this about these events, come have fun!

I also will always tell you that we could not do any of these without our great volunteers!  Again, a huge THANK YOU to all of our volunteer fishing instructors!


About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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