Guide To Trout Fishing Locations In Nebraska
All about fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook and brown trout in local lakes and streams.
Hugh Butler Lake, Kimball Reservoir, Lake McConaughy, Lake Ogallala, Lake Maloney, Merritt Reservoir, Oliver Reservoir, Red Willow Reservoir and Sutherland Reservoir are some of the major bodies of water in NE with trout (typically stocked). Many rivers and smaller lakes may also contain trout. Some of the waters with stocked trout include Crystal Cove, Fremont Lake, Standing Bear Lake, Grove Lake, Weeping Water Pond, Auburn Lake, Holmes Lake, Qwest Lake, Benson Lake, Ta-Ha-Zouka Park Lake, Pawnee Park Lake, Such’s Lake, Ord City Lake, Windmill State Recreation Area Lake No. 1, Lexington City Park Lake, Holdrege City Park Lake, Arnold Lake and Birdwood Lake.
Trout Species In The State
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 14 lbs 2 oz
World record: 41 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 5 lbs 7 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 20 lbs 1 oz
Click the images and links above for species details.
Select the best trout lures and baits
Trout spinners, crankbaits and jerkbaits work well for shallow, reasonably active fish. Salmon eggs, worms and prepared baits will work at virtually all depths.
Nebraska Record Trout
The NPPD Canal was home to the state record rainbow trout.
Ogallala Lake gave up the state record cutthroat trout.
The state record brook trout was taken from Pawnee Springs.
The state record brown trout came out of the Snake River.
Additional trout information
The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.
Visit the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission website for details on trout stocking in Nebraska lakes, ponds and streams.
Watch trout fishing videos to see trout anglers in action.
Trout locations and info, by state.
Learn the habits of trout
Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate Nebraska waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.