If you want to enjoy excellent fishing in one of Nebraska’s top fishing lakes, plan a trip to Lake Minatare. Known as one of the Panhandle’s largest bodies of water, this lake’s fishing opportunities shift with the seasons. In the spring, head to the shallow water to find an ample supply of panfish, bass, pike, and walleyes. In the summer, the most productive fishing comes from trolling and drifting for channel catfish and walleyes. Late in the day in the summer, you’ll also find schools of white bass looking to feed on baitfish. Lake Minatare reopens in mid-January for ice fishing, during which you can catch yellow perch and walleye. The ample vegetation here provides the perfect environment for many species of fish to thrive, including walleye, catfish, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, sunfish, wiper, and northern pike. If you want to get out on the water, Lake Minatare offers three boat ramps. You’ll also find fish-cleaning stations in the at Lake View, West Wind and Butte View areas.
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