The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has set May 19 as Free Fishing and Park Entry Day. It's an opportunity for everyone to enjoy fishing or a state park area in Nebraska without a permit.
Although no fishing or park entry permits will be required on the free day, which is celebrated annually on the Saturday before Memorial Day weekend, all other fee requirements, laws and regulations will be in effect.
Anglers at Two Rivers State Recreation Area’s (SRA) trout lake must buy 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 Clinics at the following locations:
— Alexandria SRA, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
– Fort Robinson State Park (SP), 9 a.m.-noon
– Fremont Lakes SRA, Lake No. 3, 9 a.m.-noon
– Louisville SRA, 9 a.m.-noon
– Eugene T. Mahoney SP, Owen Marina, 9-11 a.m.
– Platte River SP, 9 a.m.-noon
– Ponca SP, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
— Two Rivers SRA, Lake No. 1, 9 a.m.-noon
– Victoria Springs SRA, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
While 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.
Game and Parks employees and volunteer fishing instructors will 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.