Top Places for Bass Fishing in Nebraska

Top Places for Bass Fishing in Nebraska
Photo Courtesy of Steve Carpenteri

Anglers will find plenty of room for bass fishing in Nebraska on its many lakes, ponds, rivers and creeks. The most consistent action will be found on major lakes including Box Butte Reservoir, Branched Oak Lake, and Elwood Reservoir, but good fishing abounds in smaller reservoirs, rivers and creeks statewide. Nebraska's state-record largemouth was caught in a sand pit near Columbus and the state-record smallmouth was pulled from the Missouri River.



Box Butte Reservoir


Box Butte Reservoir is a 1,600-acre lake and state recreational area on the Niobrara River. The reservoir is just south of the majestic Pine Ridge. Largemouth bass fishing will be slow until the water temperature reaches 50 degrees. Fish deep and slow. Jigs and plastic baits may be the best bet for largemouth bass. As the water warms try sinking jerk baits and other bottom-bumping lures.

Branched Oak Lake

This 1,800-acre lake is north of Lincoln. Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area is the most popular in Nebraska with over 1 million visitors each year. Its 14 access areas, two developed campgrounds and seven primitive campgrounds provide bass anglers with a wide variety of options all season.


Elwood Reservoir


A positive aspect of the recent extended drawdown of Elwood Reservoir was tremendous growth of terrestrial vegetation in the exposed lake bed.  This vegetation was inundated in 2010 and has provided excellent habitat for bass and other fish species.  While the flooded vegetation has made fishing conditions difficult in some areas, the bass fishing at Elwood Reservoir should be exceptional for years to come.

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