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The Youth Fishing Program

The NGPC Youth Fishing Program encompasses a variety of activities that support youth and families in learning how and where to fish in Nebraska.  The program utilizes volunteer Certified Fishing Instructors, NGPC staff, educational facilities such as the Aksarben Aquarium, and State Park and Recreation Areas statewide.  Activities include events such as Family Fishing Nights, Outdoor Discovery Programs, and fishing events coordinated by volunteers within their communities.  Annually, the Youth Fishing Program helps about 20,000 Nebraska youth to experience how much fun fishing can be.

Program activities are designed to introduce kids and families to fishing in a safe, ethical, and enjoyable manner. Certified instructors and staff teach fishing basics such as:

  • Casting & Fishing Techniques
  • Equipment & Knot Tying
  • Fish Identification & Biology
  • Fishing Ethics & Regulations

Fishing is a popular outdoor activity in Nebraska, and is certainly a great family pastime.  The Youth Fishing Program provides the opportunity for people of all ages to learn or re-learn fishing as a fun, lifetime activity. 
Generally activities are free to participants, and all necessary materials including tackle and equipment are provided through the Program.  If you are interested in an activity for your group or community, please contact us:

Lindsey Chizinski
Telephone: (402) 332-4204
E-mail: Lindsey.chizinski@nebraska.gov
Mailing address:
Aksarben Aquarium
Youth Fishing Program
21502 West Highway 31
Gretna, NE 68028

We can either plug your group in to one of our existing events or link you to a volunteer in your area who can help you coordinate an event.
Once you learn, Nebraska is full of opportunity for quality fishing, with restored public access lakes and ponds near where you live. 

Visit our current fishing guide for information; look for the Family Friendly Lake (FFL) designation for locations that are safe, comfortable, and have great fish-catching potential.

Are you interested in becoming an Instructor? Here's a flyer with more information.

Become a Certified Youth Fishing Instructor



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