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Fishing in Nebraska

Fishing in Western Nebraska can be as simple as grabbing a pole and heading to a creek or reservoir near town. Or you can opt for more equipment and spend a day in a boat on a variety of lakes and impoundments in Western Nebraska.

The largest body of water on which to fish is Lake McConaughy. Located north of Ogallala, it is formed by the Kingsley Dam across the North Platte River. It stretches some 20 miles to the west (at full pool) and is home to record walleye, northern pike, bass, catfish and panfish. Productive fishing can be found a variety of lakes in Western Nebraska including Box Butte Reservoir, Whitney Lake, Lake Oliver, Lake Maloney, Merritt Reservoir, Lake Minatare, Lake Ogallala or Smith Lake.

Trout fishing is available in many streams and some lakes in Western Nebraska, including Bordeaux Creek, Carter P. Johnson Lake, Ninemile Creek, Chadron Creek, Soldier Creek, Grabel Ponds, Buffalo Creek, Bessey Fish Pond, Lake Ogallala, Middle Loup River and the Dismal River. Some areas require private access and are subject to low water at times. All state license and stamps are required.  

For more information on Nebraska hunting and fishing, contact the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission – Click Here.

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