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Cooper, Oettinger win state high school fishing tournament

LINCOLN, Neb. – Jaron Cooper and Keegan Oettinger of the Platte Valley Bassmasters team caught a five-fish limit weighing 15.88 pounds to capture the The Bass Federation – Nebraska High School Fishing Championship on July 12 at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area. Cooper caught the tournament’s biggest fish at 4.55 pounds. Hunter Cooper and Kaden Oettinger of Platte Valley Bassmasters, a team comprised of students from Sutherland and Hershey, took second place with three fish weighing 6.31 pounds. They are …

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Highway from Mullen to Merritt Reservoir SRA closed temporarily

LINCOLN, Neb. – Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area in Cherry County currently is only accessible via Nebraska Highway 97 from Valentine. The highway north from Mullen to Merritt is closed temporarily because of water on the road following recent heavy rains.

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Wahoo’s Mueting, Spencer win state high school fishing tournament

LINCOLN, Neb. – Mike Mueting and Nick Spencer of Wahoo’s Star City team caught a five-fish limit weighing 15.56 pounds to capture The Bass Federation – Nebraska High School Fishing Championship. The event took place July 22 at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area in Cherry County. Cole Hall and Keegan Oettinger of North Platte’s Lincoln County Bass Bosses took second place with five fish weighing 14.45 pounds. They also caught the tournament’s biggest fish at 4.85 pounds. Colton Kelle and …

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Register to compete in July high school fishing tournaments

LINCOLN, Neb. – High school anglers still have time to register for two fishing tournaments coming up in July at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area. The tournaments – the Nebraska BASS Nation High School Tournament and the TBF Student Angler Federation High School Tournament – are scheduled for July 21 and 22 respectively, making it easy for students to compete in both. Separate registration is required. Participation for each tournament is open to students in grades 9-12 who have a …

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Merritt Reservoir boat ramp project postponed

LINCOLN – The boat launch facility construction project scheduled to start this fall at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area has been postponed because of higher than expected reservoir water levels. Water levels at Merritt this summer did not drop low enough to reach the level needed for construction. Construction will be attempted again in the late summer or early fall of 2017. A new concrete boat ramp will be constructed at the main landing area. The facility will provide improved …

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Valentine Game and Parks Maintenance Office to Close

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has opted not to renew its lease for the Valentine Maintenance office. The office, located at 420 E. 1st St. in Valentine, will close immediately. Game and Parks plans to move the office to Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area southwest of Valentine. Parks Division offices will be temporarily moved to the Valentine Fish Hatchery. Personnel from the Valentine Maintenance office are responsible for operation and maintenance of Game and Parks facilities at …

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Family Fishing Event at Merritt Reservoir SRA on Aug. 1

LINCOLN – Enjoy a day of family fishing for all ages at the Fishing is Fun! event on Aug. 1 at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area in Cherry County. This free event is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. at Beed’s Landing. The event is for anyone who wants to learn how to fish or who has little fishing experience. Loaner equipment, bait and fishing instructors will be available. Fishing and park entry permits are required. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission …

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Northwest District Birding Day Set for June 4

LINCOLN – The public is invited to join the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for Northwest District Birding Day on June 4 at Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area (SRA) in Cherry County. Birders will depart from the Cedar Bay boat ramp on the southeast side of the reservoir at 7 and 8:30 a.m. Group birding will continue until 11 a.m., but individuals may extend their birding into the afternoon. Camping is available at the SRA. Bring any gear necessary for …

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Merritt to Take Reservations for Select Sites

LINCOLN, Neb. – Merritt Reservoir State Recreation Area will begin taking reservations for select sites in the Cedar Bay, Beed’s Landing and Boardman campgrounds starting May 28. The reservable sites are: Cedar Bay (24 sites) – Electrical sites: A-Cedar, B-Cedar, D-Cedar, E-Cedar, G-Cedar, H-Cedar, L-Cedar, N-Cedar, P-Cedar, R-Cedar, S-Cedar, V-Cedar, W-Cedar and AA-Cedar. Nonelectric sites: 1-Cedar through 10-Cedar. Beed’s Landing (11 sites) – Electrical sites: K-Beeds through T-Beeds. Tent site: 11-Beeds. Boardman – 11 tent sites. All other camping at …

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