April 1 through October 31
$325/day for 1 or 2 anglers
$400/day for 3 anglers
$450/day for 4 anglers
November 1 through March 31
Contact Steve for discounted rates.
- Please call to book fishing dates. See booking calendar on the right. Dates in green are available trip dates →
- Use e-mail for inquiries and correspondence
- A $100 deposit is due within two weeks of booking a trip
- Additional charge added for trips booked at lakes farther than 30 miles from McCook (Enders, Elwood, McConaughy)
- Live bait will be an extra fee
- Guided trips last all day, typically 8-10 hours
- Click here for Steve's contact information
Which lake you fish at will depend on a variety of factors such as what species you are interested in catching, which lake currently has the best numbers, and weather. If you have your heart set on fishing at a particular lake, Steve can let you know what the fishing conditions would be like on that lake for that time of year.
If you need to reschedule your trip, please let us know as soon as possible so you have a better chance of being able to get an open day. If you do not let us know that you need to cancel by the day of your trip, the $100 deposit will not be returned. If the weather is going to be bad on the date booked, we usually reschedule to the next open date. If you can't, we will return the $100 deposit. If bad weather comes in during your trip, causing the trip to end, Steve will charge for the hours fished and work with you to reschedule to make up for the rest of the time you missed in your trip.
What should I bring?
Clients should bring:
- Sun glasses
- Rain gear (weather permitting)
- Drinks, small cooler optional as one will be provided (no alcohol please!)
- A Nebraska Fishing License - visit the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission website to get your license. You can also purchase your license at the Wal-Mart in McCook.
Be sure to check the weather forecast ahead of time and dress appropriately. You can talk with Steve a few days before your trip to inquire about weather conditions as well.
You may bring your own lunch, but if you don't want to bother, you can take a break off the water for lunch at the local marina or nearest restaurant. Talk with Steve about lunch when you book your trip.
Wiper fishing requires sturdy tackle in top working condition. Bait casting and spinning reels with an excellent drag system, spooled with 10- to 14-pound test monofilament line, will be adequate for battling powerful wipers. Feel free to bring your favorite rod and reel, if it's up to the task. Otherwise, Steve will be happy to provide the gear you need to enjoy your trip.
What should I expect?
Steve works very hard to provide his clients with an excellent fishing and learning experience, regardless of their skill level. Steve's trips are family friendly for children and adults of all ages!
Here's what you can expect from a day on the water:
- You'll fish with live bait (typically gizzard shad or golden shiners), lures or both depending on the season, what the fish are doing, and what you prefer.
- You'll have a chance to catch a variety of trophy fish. Steve and his clients catch hundreds of Nebraska Master Angler award-winning fish each year.
- You'll get in a full day on the water, unless you want to call it quits earlier. Steve will make arrangements with you ahead of time for a starting time and meeting place in the morning.
- Steve practices catch-and-release on trophy fish to help preserve the fantastic fishing in the reservoirs he guides on. He keeps a digital camera in his boat to get pictures of his clients, but you are also encouraged to bring your own camera.
- If you do wish to keep some fish, you can take home the smaller fish to eat like Walleye between 15-22 inches, White Bass between 12-15 inches, Crappies between 10-15 inches, Channel Catfish between 2-5 pounds, and other smaller fish. We will release all wipers, unless they die or can't be released due to injury.
- Visit the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission to get more information on Nebraska fishing laws, licenses, and more.
Visit McCook/Red Willow County Tourism to find great places to stay and eat in the McCook area. There are a few hotels to chose from, and most of the area lakes also have camping options available as well.
How do I get to McCook?
McCook is located in the southwest corner of Nebraska, not far from the Kansas border. Below is a map showing McCook and the locations of each of the lakes he guides on. Click on one of these links to get a map and directions from near where you live:
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