Free Fishing, Park Entry Day To Be Featured During Bill Morris Memorial Fishing Derby

PONCA – With Memorial Day approaching in late May, fishermen throughout northeast Nebraska should plan on attending the Bill Morris Memorial Fishing Derby this weekend.

Held at Ponca State Park, attendees will get to benefit from a free fishing and park entry on Saturday, May 19. Bill Morris was an Assistant Superintendent at Ponca State Park from 1973 – 2010. He passed away suddenly in January of 2017. Bill had a passion for Ponca State Park, his family and the sport of fishing. This will be the inaugural Bill Morris Memorial Fishing Derby.

The fishing competition is open to all ages and will last from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Age categories will be broken down for six years of age and under, 7-12, 13-19 as well as 20 years of age and older. Prizes will be awarded to the longest bass, bluegill and trout. A smallest fish award will also be awarded.

There’ll be a casting competition going on for ages 3-15 from the pond by the Resource and Education Center. First place will be awarded in two age groups (7 and under; 8-15).

Hands-on activities throughout the day will include the fish touch tank, digging for worms, underwater zoo exploration along with a fishing, cleaning and cooking demonstration.

Later on in the day at 3 p.m. learn about the favorite fish species of Nebraska and even make your own. Cost is $1 per craft and limited to 30 people.

Visit Nebraska Northeast Parks on Facebook to view their upcoming events at Ponca State Park. All programs are subject to change due to staffing/weather. For questions, call 402-755-2284.