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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, walleye, white bass, yellow perch, wiper and northern pike at Lake Minatare in Nebraska.

Lake Minatare, NE

Located in the heart of the Nebraska pan handle, Lake Minatare is a great get-a-way just ten miles northeast of Scottsbluff, NE. The lake has 2,300 surface acres, so there is plenty of water to fish or go boating.

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Lake Minatare, located near Minatare, Nebraska, is a beloved destination for fishing enthusiasts. Spanning over 2,000 acres, this picturesque lake offers fantastic fishing opportunities. Lake Minatare is known for its diverse fish population, making it a popular spot for anglers of all levels. The lake is home to a variety of fish species, including walleye, largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish, and white perch. Anglers can explore the lake's shoreline, submerged structures, and weed beds to target these sought-after fish.

The lake is lined with submerged vegetation virtually all around the lake, providing excellent cover for baitfish and the many species of fish that feed on them. Well known for healthy populations of walleye, catfish and smallmouth bass, it is also home to largemouth bass, sunfish, wiper and northern pike. There are three boat ramps for launching everything from pontoon boats and sail boats, to power boats and fishing boats, as well as canoes and kayaks. There is easy access at various places around the lake for fishing from shore.

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Primary fish species residing in Lake Minatare

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Blue catfish Walleye White Bass Yellow Perch Northern pike

Lake Minatare Amenities

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

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In addition to fishing, Lake Minatare provides ample opportunities for boating enthusiasts. Boaters can enjoy cruising along the lake's calm waters, taking in the beautiful scenery and peaceful ambiance. The lake allows 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, Lake Minatare offers a delightful boating experience.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Butte View Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Butte View Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Lakeview Point Campground Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, west side, off Lake Minatare Recreation Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Scouts Rest Campground Boat Ramp
Located in the northwest corner of the lake, off Scupper Ave, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Camping options are available near Lake Minatare, allowing visitors to extend their stay and fully embrace the natural beauty of the area. The lake offers a campground with amenities such as tent sites, RV hookups, and access to hiking trails and picnic areas. Camping near Lake Minatare provides the opportunity to wake up to serene lake views, enjoy outdoor activities, and experience the tranquility of the surroundings.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake Minatare SRA Campgrounds - 308 783-2911

Lakeview Point Campground, Butte View Campground, West Wind Campground, Scout’s Rest Campground, Sunrise East Campground and South Gate Campground.

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Contact Information

Lake Minatare
Lake Minatare State Recreation Area
PO Box 188
Minatare, NE 69356
308 783-2911


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Lake Minatare in Nebraska.

Fishing at Lake Minatare, in Nebraska.

Great walleye, catfish and smallmouth bass fishing in western NE.