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All about fishing in the Cornhusker State

Fishing Shallow Waters in Nebraska

There's plenty of water throughout the state of Nebraska offering a variety of fishing opportunities including lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. While you can find small lakes and ponds virtually everywhere in Nebraska, we will concentrate here on the larger fishing lakes and impoundments. Nebraska also offers excellent fishing in rivers and streams like the Missouri River, North Platte River, Elkhorn River and more.

Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, brown trout, bluegill, green sunfish, hybrid sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, redear sunfish, rock bass, spotted sunfish, white bass, white perch, yellow bass, yellow perch, chinook salmon, stripers, bowfin, longnose gar, muskie, northern pike, paddlefish, sauger, saugeye and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams.

Major Nebraska Lakes

Nebraska major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in Nebraska, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes or impoundments. For a more complete list of fish species in Nebraska, see the list below, which also includes state records.

Nebraska Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Box Butte Reservoir is a 1,600-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, 9 miles north of Hemingford, NE.

Branched Oak Lake is an 1,800-acre lake in the southeast part of the state, at Raymond, NE.

Calamus Reservoir is a 5,200-acre lake in the central part of the state, 5 miles northwest of Burwell, NE.

Elwood Reservoir is a 1,300-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Elwood, NE.

Enders Reservoir is a 1,200-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Enders, NE.

Harlan County Lake is a 13,000-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Alma, NE.

Harry Strunk Lake is an 1,800-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 7 miles north of Cambridge, NE.

Lake McConaughy is a 35,700-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 5 miles north of Ogallala, NE.

Lake Minatare is a 2,300-acre lake in the western part of the state, 6 miles northeast of Scottsbluff, NE.

Lewis And Clark Lake is a 31,000-acre lake in the northeastern border of the state, 10 miles northeast of Niobrara, NE.

Maloney Reservoir is a 1,600-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, 5 miles south of North Platte, NE.

Merritt Reservoir is a 1,600-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, 20 miles south of Valentine, Nebraska.

Red Willow Reservoir is a 1,600-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, 10 miles north of McCook, NE.

Sherman Reservoir is a 2,800-acre lake in the central part of the state, 3 miles northeast of Loup City, NE.

Sutherland Reservoir is a 3,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Sutherland, NE.

Swanson Reservoir is a 5,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Trenton, NE.

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State of NE Fishing Information

For a wealth of information on fishing in Nebraska, visit the NE Game and Parks Commission website. Click here for a Nebraska fishing license.

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Fish for big bass in Nebraska

Excellent spotted, smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing opportunities are available to anglers in NE.

Fish Species in Nebraska

Fishing for bass in Nebraska

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

NE State Record: 10 lbs 11 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

NE State Record: 7 lbs 4 oz

Spotted Bass

Spotted bass

World record: 9 lbs 8 oz

NE State Record: 3 lbs 12 oz

Fishing for catfish in Nebraska

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

NE State Record: 41 lbs 8 oz

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish

World record: 123 lbs 9 oz

NE State Record: 80 lbs 0 oz

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish

World record: 143 lbs 0 oz

NE State Record: 100 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for crappie in Nebraska

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

NE State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

NE State Record: 4 lbs 1 oz

Fishing for walleye in Nebraska

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

NE State Record: 16 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for trout in Nebraska

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

NE State Record: 14 lbs 2 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

NE State Record: 5 lbs 7 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

NE State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

NE State Record: 20 lbs 1 oz

Fishing for panfish in Nebraska

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

NE State Record: 2 lbs 13 oz

Green Sunfish

Green sunfish

World record: 2.1 lbs

NE State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz

Hybrid Sunfish

Hybrid sunfish

World record: N/A

NE State Record: 1 lbs 15 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

NE State Record: 0 lbs 11.25 oz

Redear Sunfish

Redear sunfish

World record: 5.4 lbs

NE State Record: 1 lbs 10 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

NE State Record: 2 lbs 4 oz

Soptted Sunfish

Spotted sunfish

World record: N/A

NE State Record: 0 lbs 3 oz

White Bass

White Bass

World record: 6.8 lbs

NE State Record: 5 lbs 0 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

NE State Record: 2 lbs 6 oz

Yellow Bass

Yellow bass

World record: 2 lbs 15 oz

NE State Record: 1 lbs 7 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

NE State Record: 2 lbs 10.75 oz

Fishing for salmon in Nebraska

Chinook Salmon

Chinook salmon

World record: 97 lbs 4 oz

NE State Record: 2 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for striped bass in Nebraska

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

NE State Record: 64 lbs 15 oz

Fishing for other species in Nebraska

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

NE State Record: 8 lbs 0 oz

Longnose Gar

Longnose gar

World record: 50 lbs 5 oz

NE State Record: 20 lbs 7 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

NE State Record: 41 lbs 8 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

NE State Record: 30 lbs 1 oz

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

World record: 144 lbs

NE State Record: 93 lbs 0 oz

Sauger

Sauger

World record: 17 lbs 7 oz

NE State Record: 8 lbs 5 oz

Saugeye

Saugeye

World record: 15 lbs 6 oz

NE State Record: 8 lbs 14 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

NE State Record: 33 lbs 5 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

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