Free Fishing Day is May 17

Park Entry will be free, too

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s Free Fishing and Park Entry Day, Saturday, May 17, will be a chance for people to go fishing or visit a state park (SP) or state recreation area (SRA) and enjoy the experience without buying permits.
Although no fishing or park entry permits will be required on the free day, all other fee requirements, laws and regulations will be in effect.

Anglers at Two Rivers Trout Lake will be required to purchase a daily trout tag.
As part of the Free Fishing and Park Entry Day activities, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will host Family Fishing Day events at several locations across the state.
Although the public is encouraged to bring their own fishing gear, tackle will be available for children to use, including rods and reels, bobbers, hooks, sinkers and bait. There will be Commission employees and volunteer fishing instructors available to hand out materials and offer fishing tips to the participants. Catfish or trout will be stocked at most of the lakes to increase the odds of everyone catching a fish.
Family Fishing Day activities are scheduled at the following areas. Contact them for additional information.

— Alexandria SRA near Alexandria, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

– Fort Robinson SP near Crawford, 9 a.m.-noon

– Fremont SRA Lake No. 3 near Fremont, 9 a.m.-noon

– Lake Minatare SRA near Minatare, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

– Louisville SRA Lake No. 1 near Louisville, 9 a.m.-noon

– Eugene T. Mahoney SP near Ashland, 9-11 a.m.

– Platte River SP near Louisville, 9-noon

– Ponca SP near Ponca, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

— Two Rivers SRA Lake No. 1 near Venice, 9 a.m.-noon

– Victoria Springs SRA near Anselmo, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.