Fishing

Fishing “Hot Spots” for a variety of species:

  • Lake Minatare (2300 acres) – 8 N of Minatare – Channel Catfish, crappie, smallmouth bass, white bass, walleye, wipers, yellow perch (Open January 15 – September 30) all watercraft allowed, camping. (Nebraska Game and Parks permit required)
  • Lake Winters Creek (235 acres) – 9 N of Minatare – Bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass, walleye, yellow perch (Open January 15 – September 30) electric motors only
  • Terry’s Pit (7 acres) – Terrytown – Largemouth bass, trout (no boats) – Open to public
  • Cochran Lake (45 acres) – 2 SW of Melbeta – Carp, Channel Catfish – Open to public
  • J.C. Pond/ Zoo Pond (5 acres) – Riverside Zoo in Scottsbluff – Rainbow trout (no boats) – Open to public
  • Morrill Sand Pits (25 acres – 3 lakes) 3 S of Morrill – Black crappie, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, yellow perch (no boats) – Open to public (free entry permit at City Office)
  • Buffalo Creek WMA (7 acre pond) – 5 S, 1 ½ W of Melbeta – Largemouth Bass, Rainbow trout (1 mile hike) – Open to public
  • Spotted Tail Creek Trout Hatchery – Mitchell – Family fishing (Private – no licence required)

Trout fishing is excellent, Brown and Rainbow Trout abound in area streams Ask local landowners for permission on private ground – most just want to know who you are.

  • Nine Mile Creek WMA – 3 E, 5.5 N of Minatare
  • Nine Mile Creek – (Private access, permission required) 2 E of Minatare
  • Spotted Tail Creek (Private access, permission required) NW of Mitchell
  • Dry Spotted Tail Creek (Private access, permission required) NW of Mitchell
  • Stuckenhole Creek (Private access, permission required) W of Bayard
  • Winters Creek (Private access, permission required) NE of Scottsbluff
  • Red Willow Creek (Private access, permission required) E of Bayard
  • Sheep Creek (Private access, permission required) NW of Morrill
  • Dry Sheep Creek (Private access, permission required) NW of Morrill
  • Tub Springs (Private access, permission required) NE of Mitchell
  • Wildhorse Creek (Private access, permission required) N of Bayard
Address: 
Scotts Bluff County
NE
Area: 
Entire Area
Type: 
Fishing