Nebraska Game Fish Records

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The following chart lists the current records for game fish caught in Nebraska.

To improve your odds of claiming a new record here, or at least a Master Angler Award and bragging rights over your fishing buddies, look for additional information below the records chart.

Alewife
3.5 oz
Merritt ReservoirJoe Dodd
Sep 22, 2001
Bass, Largemouth
10 lbs, 11 oz
Sandpit near ColumbusPaul Abegglen Sr.
Oct 2, 1965
Bass, Rock
2 lbs, 4 oz
Farm pond,
Dundy County
Edna Zuege
May 6, 1972
Bass, Smallmouth
7 lbs, 4 oz
Missouri River,
Knox County
Dennis Swanson
Sep 16, 2000
Bass, Spotted
3 lbs, 12 oz
I-80 sandpit,
Lincoln County
Jerry Miller
Mar 19, 1990
Bass, Striped
64 lbs, 15 oz
Sutherland ReservoirGene Baker
Aug 17, 1993
Bass, Striped Hybrid
21 lbs, 9 oz
Lake McConaughyTou Kong Yang
Jun 14, 2020
Bass, White
5 lbs
Gavins Point TailwatersJim Kilcoin
Nov 12, 1983
Bass, Yellow
1 lbs, 7 oz
Louisville Lake #2John Ogle
Jul 4, 1993
Bowfin
8 lbs
Dead Timber LakeRonald Evenson
Aug 7, 1982
Buffalo, Bigmouth
64 lbs
Sandpit,
Dodge County
Joe Slavic
Jun 8, 2000
Buffalo, Black
41 lbs
Carter LakeBob Eaton,
Apr 29, 1982
Buffalo, Smallmouth
56 lbs, 3 oz
Fremont Lake #20Jeffrey Johnson
Jun 3, 1998
Bullhead, Black
3 lbs, 15 oz
Farm pond,
Boyd County
La Verne Heermann
Jun 28, 1984
Bullhead, Yellow
2 lbs, 4 oz
Private Pond,
Otoe County
Dylan Turner
Jun 4, 2016
Burbot
6 lbs, 9 oz
Missouri River,
Cedar County
Todd Schmidt
Feb 7, 1998
Carp, Bighead
53 lbs, 3 oz
Middle Island LakeRyan Othling
Aug 8, 2005
Carp, Common
34 lbs, 13 oz
Private pond,
Washington County
Robert Busk
May 6, 2019
Carp, Grass
64 lbs
Wilson Creek 2XMalik Solunovic
Aug 29, 2004
Carp, Silver
15 lbs, 1 oz
Duck Creek,
Nemaha County
Hayden Hall
Feb 29, 2020
Carpsucker, Quillback
13 lbs, 10 oz
Missouri River,
Burt County
Patrick Fox Jr.
Jun 3, 2001
Carpsucker, River
13 lbs, 4 oz
Sandpit,
Cass County
Dennis Hardin
Aug 29, 1999
Catfish, Blue
100 lbs, 8 oz
Missouri River,
Cedar County
Raynold Promes
Nov 29, 1970
Catfish, Channel
41 lbs, 8 oz
Merritt ReservoirJohn Cunning
Jul 26, 1985
Catfish, Channel
41 lbs, 8 oz
Merritt ReservoirHeather Cunning
Aug 11, 1986
Catfish, Flathead
89 lbs
Missouri River,
Nemaha County
Richard L. Hagen
Jun 6, 2020
Catfish, Stonecat
5.2 oz
Middle Loup RiverRoger Skorniak
Jun 20, 1999
Chub, Creek
11 oz
Drainage Ditch,
Dodge County
Hunter Pitt
Jul 5, 2013
Chub, Flathead
3 oz
Milburn Diversion DamDanal Wilkie
Jun 3, 2020
Crappie, Black
4 lbs, 8 oz
Farm pond,
Otoe County
Allen Paap Jr.
Jun 15, 2003
Crappie, White
4 lbs, 1 oz
Red Willow ReservoirElsie Jensen
May 18, 1980
Crappie, Triploid
3 lbs, 4 oz
Kea LakeBrent Stephens
Apr 18, 2017
Drum, Freshwater
29 lbs, 6 oz
Missouri River (Gavins Point Tailwaters)Roque Ramirez
Jun 23, 2007
Eel, American
5 lbs
Missouri RiverGeorge Sweisberger
Aug 2, 1983
Gar, Longnose
23 lbs, 11 oz
Platte River,
Sarpy County
Taylor Foral
May 11, 2013
Gar, Shortnose
7 lbs, 5 oz
Nemaha River,
Richardson County
Jeremy Waggoner
Jun 9, 2012
Goldeye
3 lbs, 15.5 oz
Lewis & Clark LakeGary Kumm
Aug 13, 1988
Goldfish
4 lbs, 3 oz
Halleck Park PondTyler Ciurej
Jun 7, 2011
Herring, Skipjack
2 lbs, 14 oz
Missouri River,
Cedar County
Alex Weinrich
Oct 14, 2016
Muskellunge
41 lbs, 8 oz
Merritt ReservoirJared Haddix
Aug 9, 1992
Muskellunge, Tiger
33 lbs, 5 oz
Johnson LakeAndrew Dorsey
Apr 15, 2001
Paddlefish
113 lbs, 4 oz
Missouri River (Gavins Point Tailwaters)Thomas Keller
Oct 9, 2015
Perch, Sacramento
2 lbs, 8 oz
Clear LakeJohn Bush
Jun 20, 1971
Perch, White
2 lbs, 6 oz
Sandpit,
Cass County
Jason Hickey
Apr 1, 2007
Perch, Yellow
2 lbs, 10.75 oz
Hackberry LakeJohn Skrdla
Feb 11, 1984
Pickerel, Grass
10 oz
Borrow Pit,
Holt County
Christopher Butts
Oct 17, 2016
Pike, Northern
30 lbs, 1 oz
Terry’s PitSteven Morris
Oct 7, 1997
Rudd, European
3 lb, 3 oz
Box Butte ReservoirVoradeth Sayaloune
May 14, 2013
Salmon, Chinook
7 lbs, 5 oz
Lewis & Clark LakeJames Ludlow
Oct 22, 2011
Salmon, Coho
5 lbs, 12 oz
Lake McConaughyLyle Fry
Jul 3, 1971
Salmon, Kokanee
4 lbs, 2 oz
Lake McConaughyNeal Dunbar
Jul 11, 1971
Sauger
8 lbs, 5 oz
Missouri RiverBetty Tepner
Oct 22, 1961
Saugeye
8 lbs, 14 oz
Calamus ReservoirShawn Ackles
May 26, 2003
Shad, Gizzard
4 lbs, 7.75 oz
Box Butte ReservoirJoe Ringbauer
Mar 26, 1989
Shiner, Golden
14 oz
Two Rivers SRA Trout
Lake
Tom Rosencrans
Apr 10, 1992
Sturgeon, Shovelnose
4 lbs, 8 oz
Missouri River, Cass CountySteve Horan
Apr 25, 2012
Sucker, Blue
18 lbs, 14 oz
Missouri RiverBob Thoene
Nov 16, 1986
Sucker, Longnose
2 lbs, 7 oz
Sutherland Supply CanalBrian Moreland
Jun 20, 2004
Sucker, Shorthead Redhorse
2 lbs, 12oz
Gracie CreekKevin Kriss
Feb 13, 2006
Sucker, White
6 lbs, 1 oz
Box Butte ReservoirEric Fuller
May 11, 2012
Sunfish, Bluegill
2 lbs, 13 oz
Grove LakeGary Ralston
Apr 26, 1977
Sunfish, Green
1 lb, 14 oz
Clatonia 3A Reservoir
Gage County
Steven Carel
Jan 3, 2021
Sunfish, Hybrid
1 lb, 15 oz
Private pond,
Holt County
Jana Bottorff-Engh
May 30, 1993
Sunfish, Orangespotted
3 oz
Loup River,
Platte County
Seth Gutzmer
Jun 19, 2008
Sunfish, Pumpkinseed
11.25 oz
Box Butte ReservoirMitchell Pebley
Mar 19, 1993
Sunfish, Redear
1 lb, 14 oz
Wildwood LakeKelly Macke
Jan 3, 2017
Trout, Brook
5 lbs, 1 oz
Pawnee SpringsJoe Gray
Nov 3, 1965
Trout, Brown
20 lbs, 1 oz
Snake RiverDenny Doolittle
Jul 26, 1973
Trout, Cutthroat
5 lbs, 7 oz
Lake OgallalaArthur Larsen
Sep 18, 1992
Trout, Rainbow
14 lbs, 2 oz
NPPD CanalFrank Aloy
Mar 18, 1975
Trout, Tiger
6 lbs, 13 oz
Sutherland ReservoirWalton Moore
Mar 11, 2021
Walleye
16 lbs, 2 oz
Lake McConaughyHerbert Cutshall
Jul 5, 1971
Source: Nebraska Game and Parks

How to Set a Fishing Record

Nebraska’s record game fish must be caught by a hook and line by an angler following state fishing regulations (including being licensed if at least 16 years old).

You must follow the instructions to get the catch verified, which for a full state record includes the weight. There also are catch and release awards that require a length and quick release so the fish survives.

Bring a camera (or smart phone) and be aware that you’ll also need witnesses to sign off on the catch.

It would be a good idea to review the full rules and check out the link to the application for more information, so you’re ready when and if the occasion rises.

You’ll find links to everything you’ll need on the Nebraska Game and Parks’ Master Angler Awards page.