As we head into the summer months, it’s a great time to get outside and go fishing! Fishing is a great activity not only for yourself but for your family as well. As a bonus, you could have a chance at winning a boat if you take someone fishing who has not been in a while or a beginner. With a donation from the Cabela’s/Bass Pro Shop and the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation, this year’s Take ’em Fishing Challenge just got a little more exciting: One lucky participant will win a Bass Tracker Classic XL boat.
This is the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s second year offering the challenge, which encourages experienced anglers to take a pledge to go fishing with a beginner or someone who hasn’t fished in several years. Anglers who take a photo of themselves taking someone new fishing can enter an online drawing for dozens of prizes, including the boat, valued at nearly $11,000; two $500 Scheels gift cards, a fishing kayak, or a two-night stay in a Nebraska state park. All participants will be featured on the agency’s Facebook page and will receive a Take ’em Fishing decal.
Though the challenge officially started in May, due to the current health situation, the contest has been extended through Oct. 31, 2020, to increase people’s chances to participate by fishing one of Nebraska’s many diverse waterbodies.
“We’re excited to offer a great grand prize Bass Tracker Boat for the second year in a row,” Director Jim Douglas said. “We give a special thanks to Cabela’s/Bass Pro Shop and the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation, and look forward to seeing the many memories made by our Take ’em Fishing participants.”
Last year, more than 4,710 entered the Take ’em Fishing challenge, and 1,200 already have entered this year. To learn more, or to submit your entry, visit OutdoorNebraska.org/TakeEmFishing.
Fishing allows groups of friends or family to spend time together while engaged in the same activity, no matter the fitness or skill levels of the various participants. It requires only basic, inexpensive equipment that can be found at any sporting goods store. Game and Parks stocks ponds and lakes across the state with sport fish, which means that just about everyone can find a good fishing spot close by.
Fishing also is crucial to the conservation of Nebraska’s natural resources. Money generated through the sale of fishing permits and aquatic habitat stamps is used to maintain healthy fisheries in Nebraska water bodies, and to improve access for anglers. More anglers also ensure the health and vitality of Nebraska’s aquatic resources for generations to come.
Visit OutdoorNebraska.org/TakeEmFishing to take the pledge (encouraged but not required), register, view rules or get more information.
Family Friendly Lakes are great for new anglers. These locations have a combination of barrier-free fishing access, fishing piers, fishing trails, groomed park areas, concessions, playgrounds, picnic shelters and highly maintained fish populations. A number of family friendly lakes are located in the KCNI/KBBN coverage area including Victoria Springs Lake SRA (Anslemo), Ansley Lake (Ansley), Arnold Lake (Arnold), Melham Park Lake (Broken Bow), Bessey Fish Pond (Halsey), Auble Pond (Ord), and Gracie Creek Pond (Taylor). Fishing guides, interactive maps, and more can be found on outdoornebraska.gov