Fun Family Fishing Events Planned Statewide |

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

Community fishing events offer people of all ages who have never fished or haven’t fished in years the opportunity to learn and enjoy the activity. Rods and reels, as well as bait and fishing instructions, will be available free of charge.

“We invite you to join us at one or more of our events to learn how to fish or to bring a friend and spend some time fishing,” said Fisheries Education Specialist Larry Pape. “Spring and summer can be busy, but fishing is a fun and hands-on activity that can provide quality time for anyone, and we’re here to help you have great outdoor experiences.”

Look for the community fishing event trailer on each site. Appropriate fishing and park permits are required. All fishing regulations apply.

The fourth year of the Discover Fly-Fishing program will also begin on May 26 at Lincoln’s Holmes Lake.

Fly Fishing Discovery Events, 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 take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., unless otherwise specified. The schedule is:

 May 8 – Scottsbluff, Riverside Discovery Center Pond

 May 26 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake

 June 1 – Omaha, Fontenelle Park basin

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

 June 8 – Butterfly, 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, Lake Bowling

 June 22 – Bellevue, Kramer Park Lake

 June 30 – Norfolk, Lake Skyview

 July 5 – Omaha, Benson Park Pond

 July 6 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake

 July 8 – Broken Bow, Lake Melham

 July 12 – Butterfly, Lake Halleck

 July 13 – Lincoln, Bowling Lake

 July 14 – Norfolk, Lake Skyview

 July 15 – Holdrege, North Park Lake

 July 19 – Omaha, Fontenelle Park basin

 July 20 – Butterfly, Prairie Queen Lake

 July 26 – Bellevue, Lake Kramer Park

 July 27 – Gibbon, Windmill SRA No. 2

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

 August 2 – Butterfly, Lake Halleck

 August 3 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake

 August 5 – Kearney, Fort Kearny SRA #6

 August 13 – North Platte, Iron Horse Lake

 September 11 – Scottsbluff, Riverside Discovery Center Pond

Discovery of fly fishing – 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

 May 26 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake

 June 1 – Omaha, Fontenelle Park basin

 June 23 – Bellevue, Kramer Park Lake

 July 13 – Lincoln, Bowling Lake

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

Family Fun Event – ​​6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 June 8, June 22, July 6, August 3 – McCook, Red Willow Reservoir

Hooked for Life – 10am-2pm

 May 7, June 4, July 9, August 6, September 10 – McCook, Barnett Park Ponds

Other events

 May 21 – Kearney, Fort Kearny SRA No. 6, Free Fishing Day, 10am-2pm

 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, 10am-2pm

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

 June 18 – Grand Island, Mormon Island SRA No. 2, Family Outdoor Day, 10am-2pm

 June 18 – Ravenna, Lake Ravenna, Family fishing days in Annevar, 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 Natural Resource District 50th Anniversary Celebration, Wildwood Lake, Lower Platte South, 5:30-8 p.m.

 June 25 – Lincoln, Branched Oak Lake, white pole tournament, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

 July 16 – Lincoln, Holmes Lake, Cornhusker State Games, 8am-1pm

 July 23 – North Platte, Lake Maloney, Carp-O-Rama, 8am-1pm

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

 July 26 – Bellevue, lake in Kramer Park, discovery of bow fishing, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 Oct. 15 – Omaha, Fontenelle Park Pond, Fontenelle Family Fishing Frenzie, 10am-2pm

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Visit OutdoorNebraska.gov/familyfishing for more information on family fishing events or OutdoorNebraska.org to purchase fishing or park permits.

Robert A. Glidden