Ike’s Lake Open To Public Saturday, May 16

WAYNE – Do you feel like you’ve been stuck in your house forever? If so, the Wayne Izaak Walton League has just the event for you.

At Ike’s Lake in Wayne, there will be an open gate event on Saturday May 16, 2020. Erin Eilers, who has been the Wayne Chapter President of the Izaak Walton League for over 10 years, comments on what Saturday’s event will entail.

“We open the gate and allow non-members to come in,” he said. “We do have fishing, campground area, a place where people can have a picnic, they could do bird watching,” explained Eilers.

The gate will be open from 9 a.m. till 8 p.m. Ike’s Lake is located, if you start at Dairy Queen, four miles north, two miles west, and another half mile north on the right side of the road.

Saturday was scheduled to be Nebraska’s Free Fishing and Park Entry Day but due to COVID-19 the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has postponed the event until a later date. It will be free to enter the Wayne Izaak Walton League Saturday but all fishing rules will have to be followed including having a Nebraska state fishing license. All fish at Ike’s Lake with be caught on a catch and release basis, this is due to the work they’re doing to improve the lake.

Although this is a great opportunity to get out of the house, Eilers assures that there is plenty of space at the lake for it to be safe.

“We do want to stress that for open gate day event this Saturday, everybody practice the safe social distancing,” he said. “There’s a lot of shoreline on the Ike’s Lake, so there’s plenty of room for people to spread out, and keep their distances from others.”

Eilers addresses what types of fish you’ll find in Ike’s Lake.

“Primarily, they’re going to find Bass and Bluegill, but that would be in the older part of the lake,” said Eilers. “We recently, in the last couple years, did refurbishing of the north leg of the lake, and right now, that has Perch and and just a few Bluegill in it.”

The youth fishing derby is set to be held on June 20th. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re still waiting to make a final decision on whether to keep the derby date or push it back.

The Izaak Walton League is a conservation group, who promote sustainable soil, air, and wood, in addition to sustaining wildlife. Membership fees are $60 and can be purchased at ACE Hardware in Wayne.

Also, the league is looking for volunteers to help out with maintenance. This is a great opportunity for anyone that wants to get involved with the outdoors and nature.

For more information regarding the Wayne Izaak Walton League, go to their Facebook page @wayneizaakwaltonleague.