On June 2nd the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission teamed up with the Nebraska Walleye Assocation (NWA) to present the Go Fish Kids Fishing Clinic and Water Expo at Lake Ogallala SRA, just below Lake McConaughy. This was the 5th year of the event at this location. Locally the popular clinic held statewide by NWA was expanded to include additional activities presented by many local volunteers and NGPC staff.
80 youth and their parents were guided through seven stations to learn about fishing, water safety, enviromental issues and paddlesports. Volunteers from the Big Mac Sports Club and area Youth Fishing Instructors helped with the fishing stations and mentoring youth fishing in the afternoon. The Lake McConaughy Water Education Committee instructed students on sharing the shoreline. US Coast Guard Auxiliary members and the Ogallala Youth Committee instructed on water safety and handed out brand new life jackets purchased by Safe Kids Sandhills.
The Ogallala Optimist Club provided lunch, then the kids were off to fish and kayak. NGPC Boating Safety staff and volunteers provided the participants with on-the-water kayaking time and the youth fished with mentors and parents.
The event was organized by Boating Safety Officer Scott Eveland of The Commission’s Information and Education Division, along with NWA member Jerry Steinke of Ogallala. NGPC’s Information and Education, Parks, Fisheries and Law Enforcement Divisions all pitched in to help out with activities and facilities. The Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District also provide facilities and staff.
The event requires pre-registration and the 80 spots were filled within 12 hours of the event being posted online!