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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, walleye, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, yellow perch and northern pike at Box Butte Reservoir in Nebraska.

Box Butte Reservoir, NE

Whether you enjoy warm-weather fishing or fishing through the ice in winter, Box Butte Reservoir offers both. This 1,600-acre lake in the northwest part of the state has a variety of fish species including bass, crappie, walleye, sunfish and northern pike.

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Box Butte Reservoir, located near Hemingford, Nebraska, is a beloved destination for fishing enthusiasts. Covering approximately 1,600 acres, this scenic reservoir offers excellent fishing opportunities. Box Butte Reservoir is known for its diverse fish population, making it a popular spot for anglers of all skill levels. The reservoir is home to a variety of fish species, including walleye, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, and channel catfish. Anglers can explore the reservoir's submerged structures, rocky shorelines, and weed beds to target these prized fish.

Fluctuating water levels change the size and fishing opportunities. When full, it offers shallow cover in the river end as well as deeper structure in the main part of the lake. This is a decent lake for fishing from shore, from a kayak or canoe, or from a variety of other fishing boats.

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Primary fish species residing in Box Butte Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Blue catfish Black crappie Walleye Bluegill Pumpkinseed Rock Bass Yellow Perch Northern pike

Box Butte Reservoir Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: NO
Convenience Store: NEARBY
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: NEARBY

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In addition to fishing, Box Butte Reservoir is a haven for boating enthusiasts. Boaters can enjoy cruising along the reservoir's calm waters, taking in the beautiful surroundings and peaceful ambiance. The reservoir provides ample space for various water activities, such as motor boating, kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. Whether it's a leisurely boat ride or an exciting water sports adventure, Box Butte Reservoir offers a delightful boating experience.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Box Butte State Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Box Butte State Recreation Area Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

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Camping options are available near Box Butte Reservoir, allowing visitors to extend their stay and fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the area. Campgrounds offer amenities such as tent sites, RV hookups, and access to hiking trails and picnic areas. Camping near Box Butte Reservoir provides the opportunity to wake up to serene reservoir views, enjoy outdoor activities, and experience the tranquility of the surroundings.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Box Butte Reservoir SRA Campground - 308 665-2903

Box Butte Reservoir NE Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Box Butte Reservoir
Box Butte Reservoir SRA
PO Box 392
Crawford, NE 69339-0392
308 665-2903


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Box Butte Reservoir in Nebraska

Fishing at Box Butte Reservoir, in Nebraska.

Bass, crappie and walleye fishing in northwest NE.