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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, walleye, bluegill and white bass at Pawnee Lake in Nebraska.

Pawnee Lake, NE

With three boat ramps and two docks, Pawnee Lake is an easy access lake for boating and fishing. Just one mile from I-80, this 740 acre lake in southeast Nebraska is a favorite of anglers around Lincoln, NE. Walleye, bass and white bass are at the top of a list of species that also includes catfish, crappie and bluegill.

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Pawnee Lake, located near Emerald, Nebraska, is a beloved destination for fishing enthusiasts. Covering over 740 acres, this scenic lake offers fantastic fishing opportunities. Pawnee Lake 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 largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and walleye. Anglers can explore the lake's shoreline, submerged structures, and underwater points to target these sought-after fish.

Plenty of rocky shoreline and vegetation in the water offers cover for baitfish and predator fish as well. Fishing from the bank is very popular here with easy access to numerous stretches of bank around the lake. All types of boats are allowed on the lake. Some of the favorites for fishing include bass boats, fishing boats, canoes and kayaks.

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Primary fish species residing in Pawnee Lake

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie Walleye Bluegill White Bass

Pawnee Lake Amenities

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

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In addition to fishing, Pawnee Lake provides ample opportunities for boating enthusiasts. Boaters can enjoy cruising along the lake's calm waters, taking in the beautiful surroundings 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 adventurous water sports experience, Pawnee Lake offers a delightful boating adventure.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Pawnee Lake East Boat Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Pawnee Lake State Recreation Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Pawnee Lake West Boat Ramp
Located in the southwest corner of the lake, off Adams Street, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

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Camping options are available near Pawnee Lake, 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 Pawnee Lake provides the opportunity to wake up to serene lake views, enjoy outdoor activities, and experience the tranquility of the surroundings.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Pawnee SRA Campground - 402 796-2662

Lakeview Campground - 402 796-2662

Area Three Campground - 402 796-2662

Pawnee Lake NE Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Pawnee Lake
Pawnee State Recreation Area
3800 NW 105th St
Lincoln, NE 68524
402 796-2662


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Pawnee Lake in Nebraska.

Fishing at Pawnee Lake, in Nebraska.

Walleye, largemouth bass and white bass fishing in southeast NE.