NWA Fishing is Fun! in Nebraska 2022 Tournament Results
The Nebraska Walleye Association Kids Fishing Clinics Charity, Inc. sponsored four tournaments for the 2022 season. They were held at Harlan County Reservoir, Lake McConaughy, and Lewis & Clark Reservoir (2 separate days) which are all in Nebraska.
These tournaments are a ‘tournament within a tournament’, as they are held during a Nebraska Walleye Association member tournament weekend. The only entry required to fish in these tournaments is to be entered in the NWA Tournament and to volunteer at the kid’s fishing clinic held at the tournament site.
At the three tournament clinics this year, 112 kids learned how to fish from 26 tournament anglers that participated. With other volunteers that allowed for a ‘one for one’ incredible teaching environment.
The kids learned about knot tying, bait/lures, fish id, casting, invasive species, and water safety. Each one was given a certificate, along with a rod/reel combo. Shirts provided by the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA), the Future Anglers Foundation (FAF), and the Nebraska Walleye Association (NWA) were also given to all of the kids.
Totally different types of fisheries and weather patterns presented challenges for the tournament teams and on all days the winning teams used different presentations to overcome that.
The overall top three team finishers after this four-tournament format are: Curt Baker/Marie Wadas, Nate Stender/Landon Stender, and Jason Hettler/Taylor Vanis.
Congratulations to these teams and they will be offered the opportunity to fish in the 2023 NTC, Marinette, WI on the Bay of Green Bay.
This organization is a 501 (c) (3) public charity that promotes fishing education and conservation in Nebraska to over 2000 youth annually. Fishing is Fun! is the catch phrase used to conduct 15-20 kids fishing clinics across the state: including special needs clinics. Each participant receives hands on fishing instruction from state certified volunteers and is given a free rod/reel/tackle box combination to take home for fishing.
A big thanks to all who make: Fishing is Fun! in Nebraska.
Rich Mcshane, President
NWA Fishing is Fun!