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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, walleye, white bass, yellow perch, wiper and northern pike at Swanson Reservoir in Nebraska.

Swanson Reservoir, NE

Considered by many as a terrific fishing lake, Swanson Reservoir is a 5,000-acre lake in the southwest part of the state, at Trenton, NE. The featured draw to anglers are white bass, walleye and northern pike. In addition bass, catfish, crappie, perch and wiper all reside here.

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Swanson Reservoir, located near Trenton, Nebraska, is a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts. Spanning over 4,000 acres, this expansive reservoir offers outstanding fishing opportunities. Swanson Reservoir is known for its diverse fish population, making it a favorite spot for anglers of all levels. The reservoir is home to a variety of fish species, including walleye, largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, catfish, and bluegill. Anglers can explore the reservoir's shoreline, submerged structures, and underwater points to target these prized fish.

During winter, when ice conditions are safe, ice fishing is quite popular here. Fishing from shore is also popular with much of the shoreline accessible for fishing from the bank. Swanson Lake is open to all boats and a great place for your favorite water sport. Bring the family for an outing, enjoy the camping and fishing, and bring your boat. Bass boats, fishing boats, pontoon boats, pleasure boats, kayaks and canoes all provide anglers wide-spread to some of the best fishing in the area.

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Primary fish species residing in Swanson Reservoir

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

Swanson Reservoir Amenities

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

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In addition to fishing, Swanson Reservoir provides ample opportunities for boating enthusiasts. Boaters can enjoy cruising along the reservoir's vast waters, taking in the breathtaking views and tranquil atmosphere. The reservoir allows for various water activities, such as motor boating, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding. Whether it's a leisurely boat ride or an exciting water sports adventure, Swanson Reservoir offers an enjoyable boating experience.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Spring Canyon Campground Boat Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Swanson Reservoir Recreation Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and gravel parking.

Trail 3 Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, off Trail 3, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.


Good Life Marina & Restaurant
36152 Road 44B
Trenton, NE 69044
308 334-5268

Click here for a Nebraska Fishing License.

Camping options are available near Swanson Reservoir, allowing visitors to extend their stay and fully embrace the natural beauty of the area. The reservoir offers campgrounds with amenities such as tent sites, RV hookups, and access to hiking trails and picnic areas. Camping near Swanson 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

Macklin Bay Campground - 308 334-5493

Spring Canyon Campground - 308 334-5493

Swanson Reservoir NE Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Swanson Reservoir
Swanson Reservoir State Recreation Area
36166 Road 44B
Trenton, Nebraska 69044
308 334-5493


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Swanson Reservoir in Nebraska.

Fishing at Swanson Reservoir, in Nebraska.

White bass, walleye and northern pike fishing in southwest NE.