Education and Enforcement at Holmes Lake
On July 11, 2010, members of the Lincoln Police Department and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conducted an education/enforcement project at Holmes Lake Park. The intent of the project was to ensure that community members were following boating and fishing regulations as required at the lake.
Many people are not aware that all Nebraska State fishing and boating regulations apply at lakes with the City of Lincoln. Holmes Lake, in particular, has special regulations following the 2005 renovation of the lake. The harvesting of Largemouth Bass is prohibited and the daily bag of channel catfish is just three fish. All other regulations apply, including the requirement of a State of Nebraska Fishing Permit if the angler is 16 years of age or older.
During the project, over 200 people were contacted. One official citation was issued for Fishing Without a Permit and twenty-six verbal and written warnings were issued for violations including No Fishing Permit on Person, boat safety equipment violations and over line limits (an angler may only have two lines in the water at one time). Several copies of the Nebraska Boating Guide were distributed to make boaters more aware of the requirements while on the water.
The Lincoln Police Department and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission are committed to maintaining safety and security at Holmes Lake as well as ensuring the lake remains a quality fishery for people to enjoy. Future enforcement details will be conducted at the park as well as regular checks by both agencies.