Nebraska Game & Parks Highlights 10 Lakes As Friendly For Beginning Fishers, Including Ponca State Park

LINCOLN – Nebraska has many beginner-friendly lakes, in terms of fishing. Nebraska Game and Parks designated 10 lakes from border to border as family friendly. These lakes are comfortable, safe, and boast fish-catching potential.

Most of the following lakes will have bass, bluegill, and catfish. Rainbow trout are seasonally stocked, typically in October and March.

Ponca State Park caters to fishers. They will check out rods and reels to its visitors. This one-acre pond contains trout and panfish. Fish from the boardwalk or mowed grass shorelines. The park can arrange a stay for its visitors in a cabin or the campground area. Close-by Lewis and Clark Museum is another attraction.

Optimist Lake in Auburn offers a walking trail, playground, campground, and ballpark. Trout are stocked seasonally. Nearby towns of Fall City, Nebraska City, and Humboldt have similar ponds.

Holmes Lake in Lincoln provides numerous fishing opportunities. Dinner-worthy crappie and bluegill serve beginning anglers, while trophy bass and channel catfish add challenging catches.

Other lakes lauded as welcome to beginning fishermen and women include Yanney Park, Kearney; Two Rivers State Recreation Area #5; Victoria Springs State Recreation Area, Broken Bow; Birdwood Wildlife Management Area Lake, North Platte; Lake Ogallala and Lake McConaughy; Chadron State Park; Alliance Golf Course Pond.

For more information or to view a map of Nebraska’s lakes, visit