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All about fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, brook and brown trout in Nebraska lakes and streams.

Trout fishing in Nebraska

NE Trout Fishing Waters

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.

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.

Nebraska Record Trout

The Nebraska state record brook trout was taken from Pawnee Springs near North Platte, the NE state record brown trout came out of the Snake River, the Ogallala Lake gave up the state record cutthroat trout and it is unknown where the state record rainbow trout was caught.

Fishing for trout in Nebraska

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

NE State Record: 14 lbs 2 oz

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat trout

World record: 41 lbs 0 oz

NE State Record: 5 lbs 7 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

NE State Record: 5 lbs 1 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

NE State Record: 20 lbs 1 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Additional trout fishing information

Brown Trout
Brown trout being released.

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.

Trout Conservation

Trout fishing waters and information, 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.

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