5 Nebraska Lake Contours to Use While Fishing

You don’t know what you don’t know. So if you have never used depth contours while fishing, you don’t know how useful they can really be. Luckily, Powderhook is offering free depth contours to many of your favorite lakes. You can see what you are casting into from the shore or, if in a boat, you can see your location right on the water. Check out these great depth contours for 5 popular lakes in Nebraska or see depth contours for lakes near you.

1. Lake McConaughey, Ogalala NE

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Fishing has long been the primary drawing card at Lake McConaughy, with its cool, clear, deep waters. Game fish vary from sporty rainbow trout to the everyday catfish. Prized most highly by the local angler is the walleye, and Nebraska’s current state record of 16 lbs. 2 oz. came from Lake Mac.  The lake plays host to several walleye tournaments each year.

Lake Ogallala boasts some of the best trout fishing in the Great Plains region.  Its colder temperature and well-aerated water that passes through the dam make ideal conditions for trout.

In recent years, Game and Parks officials have also stocked wipers, a cross between  white bass and striped bass that provides excellent fishing action. Read more.


2. Wagon Train Lake, Hickman NE

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Wagon Train State Recreation Area comprises 746 acres of land and a 315-acre lake two miles east of Hickman. The area offers boating, fishing, picnicking and a swimming beach.

Anglers at Wagon Train State Recreation Area will find bluegill, channel catfish, crappie, freshwater drum, largemouth bass, muskellunge, redear sunfish, walleye and wiper, among other species. There is a 21-inch minimum limit on black bass. For wiper, there is a daily bag limit of three with no more than one fish 16 inches or greater. This area offers a wheelchair-accessible pier. Read more.


3. Branched Oak Lake, Malcolm NE

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Branched Oak Lake is one of Nebraska’s premier fisheries.  Due to the wide variety of fish species, Branched Oak offers something for every angler.  The lake is most well known for its excellent Crappie and catfishing, but it also supports healthy populations of Walleye, Wipers, Large Mount Bass and Blue Gills.  Branched Oak Lake contains three species of catfish – Flatheads, Blue and Channel catfish.  The lake produces many Channel cats in the 3-8 lb. range with a good shot at a 15-20 pounder.

Blue Cats, though not as plentiful as Channel Cats, give you the very reasonable chance of hooking into 30+ lb. fish.  Best of all our strong Flathead population provides many fish that top the 40 lb mark.  Outstanding catfishing is available throughout the season beginning shortly after ice-out, particularly in the timberin the western reaches of the lake.  Flathead fishing peaks in the warm water months of July and August where many are taken from the rock jetties located on the two bays on the northeast portion of the lake.  Anglers are often rewarded by targeting wind-blown shores where catfish can cash in on an easy meal. Read more.


4. Lake Minatare SRA, Scottsbluff NE

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Fun on the water surely awaits those who are within sight of Nebraska’s only full-size lighthouse at Lake Minatare State Recreation Area. At 2,158 acres, Lake Minatare is the Panhandle’s largest body of water, attracting thousands of anglers, campers, water skiers and swimmers each year.

Lake Minatare is a destination from early spring when anglers fish among its flooded cottonwoods to late summer when lower water brings access to sandy beaches. The lake is known for its population of walleyes and big channel catfish, and is one of the only places in the Panhandle to catch a smallmouth bass. Other popular game fish are crappie, blue catfish, white bass, wipers, northern pike and yellow perch. Many anglers find success on the ice after the lake reopens in January. Fish cleaning stations are located at the Lake View Point, West Wind, and Butte View areas. Read more.


5.Glenn Cunningham Reservoir, Omaha NE

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Glenn Cunningham Reservoir is a reservoir located just 8.2 miles from Omaha, in Douglas County, in the state of Nebraska, United States, near Peaceful Valley Mobile Homes, NE. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including bullhead, largemouth bass, walleye, catfish, smallmouth bass, bream and bluegill here.

Alternate names for this reservoir include Glenn Cunningham Lake and Glen Cunningham Lake. For Fishing License purchase, fishing rules, and fishing regulations please visit Nebraska Fish & Wildlife. Please remember to check with the local Fish and Wildlife department to ensure the stream is open to the public. Read more.