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Fishing in Nebraska, A brief look

Nebraska offers great fishing opportunities as the state is dotted with streams and lakes- all of which are under fished. Nebraska boasts 100,000 miles of fishing streams and more than 3,300 fishing lakes. Plenty of cool, clear trout water fishing is found in the Nebraska panhandle and along the northern border. A large variety of fish abounds in the unique Sand Hills, and farther east, lunker catfish and other Nebraska river fishing varieties are plentiful. Special attention is due to the mammoth reservoir chains on the Platte, Republican, and Missouri Rivers.

The Niobrara River and its tributaries contain some of the best brown trout fishing in Nebraska. Not too far away, the Sandhills offer excellent warmwater fishing along the Calamus River near Brewster. Excellent northern pike fishing abounds in the spring months. The Elkhorn River, which originates east of Basett, runs along a major highway allowing for easy access points. Otherwise, guided fishing trips are available throughout the area.

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Nebraska Fishing Locations

Fishing in Nebraska is the most prevalent in the following areas: Nebraska Panhandle fishing: North Platte River, Pine Ridge, Niobara River, Sand Hills Lake, Whitney Reservoir, Sand Hills fishing: Niobarra River, Calamus River, North Loup River, Snake River, Elkhorn River. Northeastern Nebraska fishing: Lewis and Clark Lake, Missouri River, Pibel Lake, Dead Timber, Goose Lake, Cedar River, Logan Creek. South Eastern Nebraska fishing: Fremont, Burchard Lake, Verdon Lake, Louisville Lakes, Memphis Lakes, Two Rivers area, Plattsmouth Refuge Lake, Hord Lake, Crystal Lake

Nebraska Fishing Species

Popular Nebraska fishing species include: Rainbow trout, brown trout, walleye, white bass, smallmouth, and perch, northern pike, crappie, sauger, paddlefish, drum, bluegills, bullheads, catfish, carp, black crappie

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