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Cast a line

No matter where you decide to fish in Nebraska, you can count on landing a great outing.

<br>Top places to fish

Top places to fish

Nebraska’s landscape is dotted with lakes, rivers and streams, providing plentiful and diverse fishing opportunities for experienced anglers, beginners and everyone in between. Find a spot using our resources or discover Nebraska’s consistently good fishing spots at lakes across the state.

Map of public fishing areas

Find a place near you

Not sure where there are public fishing areas close to home? Explore our Public Fishing Area Map.

Immerse yourself

Want to learn more about catching the big one? Want some advice from our experts on lures to use and locations to go? Check out our additional resources, which include fishing tips, techniques and much more!

Five family members fish on the bank of a lake as a sailboat passes on a clear summer day.

Family-friendly lakes

Family-friendly lakes have great fish-catching potential and plenty of amenities to keep your adventure easy and fun.


Attend a fishing event

From community fishing events to tournaments, Nebraska hosts it all for new or avid anglers.

A boy with fish

Nebraska fish

Get acquainted with Nebraska’s fish species and learn to identify them so you know what and how many you can keep.


Barbs & Backlashes

Read top-notch advice on everything fishing from an expert angler — who also happens to be a fisheries biologist.

a fisheries biologist leans over with a net full of trout that he is releasing into a river in Nebraska

Fish stocking database

Did you know we’ve been stocking fish in Nebraska water ways since 1927? Explore our database for what we’ve stocked where.

Rainbow trout

Fish for trout

Most trout in Nebraska are stocked in lakes during the spring and fall. Find the resources you need to trout fish Nebraska.

Fishing guide & reports

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission publishes an annual fishing guide, which includes useful information including fishing regulations, state records, public fishing areas and much more.

Fishing Forecast

Our annual fishing forecast can help you pick your next place to fish. The forecast contains research statistics and graphs to explain sampling information for important sport fish species sampled across Nebraska.

Accessible fishing spots

Whether you want to catch trout, bass, bluegill, northern pike or catfish, a lake near you with fishing accommodations will likely include one or several of these fish species. Americans with Disabilities Act-approved fishing piers, trails, boat launch facilities and parking accommodations are included where appropriate in all recent and new aquatic habitat, angler access and sportfish restoration projects. Other lakes may have older handicap accommodations.

Contact your local Game and Parks office or see the current fishing guide to inquire about these opportunities.

Area guides

A wide breadth of fishing opportunities exist across Nebraska. From bluegill in Omaha’s urban lakes to brook trout in the Pine Ridge streams of the panhandle, Nebraska has what you’re fishing for. Reference the following guides for fishing opportunities east to west.

Trip planners

Find additional ways to fish the metro part of the state with our Nebraska Game and Parks trip planners.

More enjoyment awaits

No matter what you’re looking for — adventure, rejuvenation, quiet — there’s no limit to what we can discover, experience and enjoy beneath Nebraska skies.

Fishing Permits

Purchase stamps, resident and non-resident fishing permits here.

Park Pricing

A park entry permit is required to visit state parks and may be purchased at the park, statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors, or in advance of your arrival online. View those fees, as well as attraction and amenity pricing.