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Upcoming Swan Lake Free Family Fishing, Casting Derby

The Lower Big Blue Natural Resources District, Beatrice Optimist Club, the Swan 5 Advisory Council and Big Indian Archers are hosting the 16th annual free family fishing day and youth fishing and casting derby on Saturday, May 20, 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. The day also coincides with the Nebraska Game and 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 and 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. The family fun events including the Homestead 4H Shooting Club BB Gun Shoot, J&J Outdoors trapping Demo, and casting contest will begin after the fishing derby. A free hot dog lunch will be provided to Fishing Derby participants and family.
Additionally, the Willard L. Meyer Recreation Area has a swimming beach, playground equipment and electrical and non-electrical camping areas. During the fishing derby and boat safety presentations boats will not be allowed on the lake. For more information or to pre-register, contact the Lower Big Blue NRD at 228-3402 ext. 6 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..