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State-Fish Art Contest deadline extended

LINCOLN — With thousands of schools closed in response to COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the national State-Fish Art Contest deadline has been extended to April 30, giving students an opportunity to complete their entries — and keep creative — while staying engaged in learning activities at home.

Nebraska artists in grades K-12 are eligible to compete in this free art competition, hosted by Wildlife Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, for the chance to win state and national honors and great prizes. The Free Fish On Lesson Plan, entry forms and additional learning resources are available at

Winners will be selected by Game and Parks. State winners will advance to the national competition to be judged for top honors such as the Best of Show.

“We hope this art competition becomes a learning opportunity for Nebraska students now doing their schoolwork remotely,” said Larry Pape, outdoor education specialist with Game and Parks. “We hope students learn about Nebraska’s fish species, combining science and art class in one ‘assignment’ while also growing their connection with the great outdoors.”

State-Fish Art serves as a one-of-a-kind Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation program to grow youth participation in fishing.

To enter, students from Nebraska should submit their entry consisting of an original horizontal 9-inch by 12-inch piece of artwork featuring any fish from the Official Species List, a piece of creative writing no longer than one page about the chosen species, and a Nebraska State-Fish Art Contest entry form, attached to the back of the artwork. To learn more about entries, visit

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Completed entries should be mailed by April 30, 2020, to: Nebraska State-Fish Art Contest, Attention: Larry Pape, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, 2200 N. 33rd St., Lincoln, NE 68503.

Learn more about Wildlife Forever at

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Fishing at Ponca State Park provides an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while social distancing. There is a stocked fishing pond and river access.  Regulations relating to the stocked pond: Catfish, bluegill and large mouth bass are catch and release; and rainbow trout has a daily limit of five.

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is advising hunters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts to honor guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other health organizations, to avoid spread of coronavirus as they head to the field this spring.

April outdoor calendar

LINCOLN, Neb. – The following is a listing of Nebraska Game and Parks Commission important dates in April.

April 5 – Light Goose Conservation Order closes in Rainwater Basin and West zones

April 11 – Spring youth shotgun turkey season opens

April 18 – Spring shotgun turkey season opens

April 15 – Light Goose Conservation Order closes in East Zone

April 20 – Application period begins for bighorn sheep lottery permit

In a proactive effort to prevent the potential for spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Game and Parks has cancelled all agency-sponsored events scheduled through May 31. Game and Parks aims to protect its staff and customers by removing opportunities for crowds to gather at facilities and events and by maintaining clean facilities.

Keep up to date on all cancellations, postponements and closures for Game and Parks at Visit for updates on Game and Parks’ events.

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