I am a huge fan of fishing clubs and organizations, especially those with Nebraska connections. I will always tell you that joining those organizations is a great way to learn more about the fish you pursue, become a better angler, socialize with fellow anglers, and give something back to the sport and our fisheries resources. If you are serious about your fishing, find an organization like that and JOIN IT!
In my position as the fisheries outreach program manager for the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, I try to maintain relations with many Nebraska fishing organization. It is impossible to keep up with all of them because I only have so much time, but I try as much as possible. Honestly, I would love to be a dues-paying member of every one of our Nebraska fishing clubs and organizations, but it is not practical that I pay dues for all of them (the state does not pay me that much, Ha!). To keep from perceptions of favoritism towards any one organization, I am not a dues-paying member of any of them. That in no way means I do not support them, in fact it is just the opposite! I appreciate that many of the state’s fishing clubs and organizations include me in their activities and communications as if I were a member. Thank you!
One of those organizations is the Nebraska Walleye Association. As a matter of fact, I have been associated with the NWA almost from the very beginning of that organization. As an “official” representative of the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission and pointy-headed fisheries biologist, I attended one of their earliest meetings when they started as the “Eastern Nebraska Walleye Association”. I have been privileged to be present at many of their meetings, expos, educational seminars, tournaments, and kid’s fishing events over the years as they grew and evolved into the “Nebraska Walleye Association”.
If you think you might be interested in the Nebraska Walleye Association, listen in to my buddy’s radio show this Saturday on “1620 The Zone“, The Greg Wagner Show. I know for a fact a couple of officers from the NWA will be on-air with Greg Saturday, and a little fishy told me there will be a very good reason that you will want to be listening (wink). Sorry, I can give you no clues for any trivia questions.
If that is not enough of a tease for you, the NWA is having a meeting at 1:00 this Sunday, yes “super bowl Sunday”, at LaVista Cabela’s. The meeting room there is down the hallway past the restaurant, hang a hard left as you enter the store, the meeting room is on the west side of that hallway. I will be there, stop by and see what the Nebraska Walleye Association is all about. Even if you have lots of questions and fish stories, I promise, I will quit talking a long time before the ball game starts.