Get casting in the middle of the Great Plains! For some surprisingly good fishing you should head to the Cornhusker state. Nebraska is full of trout, bass, northern pike, walleye, panfish, catfish, and more!
Nebraska’s bass include smallmouth, largemouth, rock, spotted, yellow, and white bass. For consistently productive bass fishing lakes try Box Butte Reservoir, Elwood Reservoir, Lake McConaughty, and Red Willow Reservoir. The state record smallmouth came from the Missouri River, and an impressive sixty-four pound striped bass hauled from Sutherland Reservoir broke the state’s striped bass record.
If you have not caught a walleye Nebraska can help you find what you are looking for. Merritt Reservoir is one of the more popular walleye angling spots. Harlan County Lake is known for healthy walleye populations (and decent bass populations). Elwood Reservoir is a smaller, equally productive option. The state record walleye was from Lake McConaughy.
Salmon are also popular throughout the state. Lewis And Clark Lake is one of the best salmon fishing lakes in the state. Lake McConaughy is an excellent trout and walleye fishing location, and is the site of both the coho and Kokanee state records. Overall, Lake McConaughy has it all.
Trout are one of the most viable species in Nebraska. The five primary species of trout all have habitats within the state. For great all around trout fishing in Nebraska Lake Ogallala is hard to top. Sutherland Reservoir has some of the most established trout populations in the state. Other trout lakes include Pawnee Park Lake, where the record brook trout came from, and Snake River, home of Nebraska’s record brown trout.
For trophy sized northern pike travel to Terry’s Pit, where the state record thirty pound pike was caught. These pike are hardy and make large game perfect for ice fishing during the long Nebraskan winters.
Muskellunge are less well distributed than northern pike, but make a fun catch. Merritt Reservoir has been a muskellunge habitat for many years. Oliver Reservoir spawned the state record tiger muskellunge, weighing over twenty-six pounds. With a state stocking program in effect for these fish muskellunge fishing should only get better!
Family fishing is another great reason to take a trip to Nebraska. There are many family friendly lakes, which have maintained fish populations, park, picnic, or campground areas, and piers. Family friendly lakes include Terry’s Pit, Powder Creek Reservoir, Cottonmill Lake, and Lake Ogallala.
Nebraska has one free fishing day per year, so be ready, or to make it easier simply buy a fishing license. If you are sixteen years old or older you must have a license. Residents and non-residents alike can purchase one and three day licenses, as well as one, three and five year fishing licenses. Even lifetime licenses are available to both!
Residents who are veterans, seniors, disabled persons, or deployed military personnel are all eligible for reduced licensing fees. Residents are all persons who have lived in Nebraska for over thirty days, who intend to remain residents. If military personnel are stationed in Nebraska for over thirty days, or students living at school over thirty days, they also qualify.
Whenever you head out fishing to a new place, it's always best to speak to local anglers. Use fishing forums to ask questions and learn about the most accurate and up to date conditions.