Calendar of Events

all-day Catfish Classic
Catfish Classic
May 6 all-day
Catfish Classic Tournament Contact: Darrell Morrow (308) 778-5879
all-day Lilac Time at Meadowlark Hill
Lilac Time at Meadowlark Hill
May 7 – May 20 all-day
Max and Darlene Peterson have one of the largest private collections of lilacs in the world, with over 800 varieties. The collection is open to the public May 7-20. Directions:  From Ogallala, go south on[...]
all-day Free Fishing & Park Entry Day
Free Fishing & Park Entry Day
May 19 all-day
Free Fishing and Park Entry Day is May 19 LINCOLN, Neb. – Free Fishing and Park Entry Day in Nebraska is May 19. Enjoy a Saturday of fishing or state park activities without the need[...]
11:00 am National Endangered Species/Pizz...
National Endangered Species/Pizz...
May 19 @ 11:00 am
National Endangered Species/Pizza Party Day Saturday, May 19th 11:00am Lake McConaughy Visitor/Water Interpretive Center Registration Required. Celebrate National Endangered Species Day with a pizza party! Presentations on threatened and endangered species of Nebraska will be[...]




Fishing licenses are available online from the Nebraska Game and Parks commission at

If your boat is currently registered in another state, you will need to purchase an invasive species decal for your boat.  These are $15 a year, and also available for sale

Click here for the latest Lake McConaughy and Lake Ogallala fishing report from the Nebraska Game and Parks Fisheries Division.

View our calendar for all the summer fishing tournaments.

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.

(Photo courtesy of Dauer Bauer, Nebraska Game and Parks)