How to Fish

Does catching fish depend on “luck” or can you learn to be a better angler? Successful anglers have mastered fundamental skills that enable them to catch more and bigger fish. It all starts with a basic understanding of the species of fish being pursued, their habits, habitats, movements, and the different baits and lures needed to catch them.

Going fishing guide

A basic fishing guide compiled by staff biologists that covers everything you need to know to get started in the rewarding sport of angling. Topics covered include fishing equipment and tackle, casting and knot tying techniques, tips for targeting species you can catch from shore, fish identification and fishing regulations. Whether you’re curious about how to tell the difference between a bluegill and a green sunfish, or you’re looking for a refresher on how to fish a Texas rig – this guide has the answers.
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Aquatic education programs

The Nebraska Game and Parks commission offers a variety of aquatic education opportunities from programs in elementary school classrooms to public events and workshops for the entire family. Browse some of our programs and learn more about Nebraska’s aquatic habitat and fish species.
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Fishing Articles

In October, Trout Will Be Everywhere by Larry Pape
Fish for Rainbows in Nebraska by Larry Pape
Kept Fresh, Trout Make Easy, Tasty Meal by Larry Pape
Know Your Fish Before You Head to the Lake by Larry Pape
Beginner Angler’s Guide to Rod, Reel and Line by Larry Pape
Fishing with Basics of Hook, Bobbers and Sinkers by Jerry Kane
With Fishing Bait, You Don’t Always Have to Keep it Real by Jerry Kane
Whether Releasing or Keeping, Handle Fish with Care by Jerry Kane
How to Plan a Successful Fishing Trip by Larry Pape
Simple Setup All That’s Needed to Get Started Fishing by Larry Pape
Well-Tied Knots Important for Any New Angler by Jerry Kane
Techniques for July Bass by Jeff Kurrus
Make a Lure by Jeff Kurrus
Setting Sights on the Walleye by Justin Haag
7 Key Early Spring Fishing Tips by Greg Wagner

Fishing videos

Nebraska has incredible fishing opportunities across the state. Our fisheries program manager, Daryl Bauer, shares his tips on where to fish and what to fish in his video series Angle on Angling.

Ice fishing videos

During the winter ice fishing opportunities will present themselves when the ice is thick enough. Daryl Bauer, our fisheries outreach program manager, provides useful information and tips in our ice fishing video series.