Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Free Family Fishing Day & Fishing Derby, May 20 At Swan Lake


The Lower Big Blue NRD is hosting the 16th Annual Free Family Fishing Day and Youth Fishing and Casting Derby on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Willard L. Meyer Recreation Area near Tobias. 

Also referred to as Swan Lake, Willard L. Meyer Recreation Area is located three miles east and two miles north of Tobias. Or, from the Highway 74/Highway 15 intersection, the recreation area is five miles west and two miles north. (Click here for a map.) 

The day also coincides with the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission’s statewide free fishing day, so no state park entry permits or fishing permits are required.

New events for this year include the Homestead 4-H Shooting Club BB Gun Shoot and J&J Outdoors hands-on trapping demonstration. Other events include a Youth Fishing Derby, Optimist Club Casting Contest, Hands-On Archery Demonstration by Big Indian Archers, Tri-County Burn Association Demo, Boat Rides with Boat Safety Presentations and Nebraska Game & Parks Fishery Display. 

The Fishing Derby will be held from 9:30 – 11 a.m. with check-in from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Limited bait, rods and reels are available by pre-registration only.  Medals and prizes will be awarded in four age groups (5 and under, 6-9, 10-12, 13-18) for largest, smallest and most fish caught. Pre-registration is required and the deadline is Thursday, May 18, 2017.

For more information or to pre-register, contact the Lower Big Blue NRD at 228-3402 ext. 6, or email

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