Family Fishing Nights help teach kids the basics of fishing

Published: Jun. 14, 2017 at 12:22 PM CDT
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Fishing is a very popular activity for many families during the summer. As those families get ready to hit the lake, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission wants to help them get prepared for success.

Each year, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission hosts “Family Fishing Nights” to teach kid and parents basic fishing techniques.

The evenings give everyone a chance to discover, or rediscover, how enjoyable fishing can be.

“The events started about 10 years ago,” said Larry Pape, from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. “They’ve been incredibly popular. We get more than 100 people each time.”

An event will be held at Bowling Lake on Wednesday, June 14 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bowling Lake is located in the northwest part of Lincoln. The event is taking place on the south side of the lake. All equipment is provided.

“We’ve got everything they need,” said Pape. “We bring fishing poles and the bait, and we have staff here to help people learn.”

Pape says all of these events provide an opportunity to get kids outdoors to experience nature.

“Many kids don’t have exposure to the outdoors like we used to—computers, air conditioning, and school activities pull them away. A lot of parents are asking us to help them teach their kids the activities they enjoyed as kids.”

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will also host “Carp-a-Rama” at Branched Oak Lake on Saturday, June 17 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

For more information on all of these events, along with a schedule of all the “Family Fishing Night” events happening across Nebraska, click here.


All adults 16 and older will need a fishing permit in order to fish at Family Fishing Night events. Kids under the age of 16 do not need a permit.