About Steve

From 1996 to today, Steve and his clients have boated an astonishing more than 8,000 Nebraska Master Anglers!
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Steve has helped countless customers boat hundreds of Nebraska Master Angler fish over the years, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, white bass, northern pike, walleye, channel and flathead catfish, tiger muskie, wiper, perch, and crappie.

From 1996 to today, Steve and his clients have boated an astonishing more than 8,000 Nebraska Master Anglers!

Since 1994, Steve Lytle and his clients caught or tied a Nebraska state record wiper seven times. The record chase began with Kirk Ulray's 13 lbs. 14 oz. fish in April 1994. Steve caught the previous state record, a 20 lbs. 1 oz. monster, on August 1, 1999 from Red Willow Reservoir. That record was broken in 2020 at Lake McConaughy by Tou Kong Yang from Colorado with a 21 lbs. 9 oz. Wiper measuring 36 inches long. While Steve has become a highly successful and renowned wiper angler and guide, his angling experience extends well beyond this tremendous trophy species.

Steve is a native of McCook, NE. He started fishing for fun with his brothers as a kid. His interest in fishing intensified in 1983 when he joined the Lincoln County Bass Club in North Platte. He earned their "Mr. Bass" title by catching the most total pounds of bass in club tournaments in 1983 and 1984.

In 1985 he placed 2nd in the Nebraska State Federation tournament on Grand Lake of the Cherokees in Oklahoma. He successfully competed in divisional B.A.S.S. federation tournaments in 1985 and 1986. He also had several top 10 finishes on the Great Plains circuit. Steve gained valuable experience while competing on lakes and rivers in Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Steve began fishing professionally in 1987 on the B.A.S.S. and U.S. Bass tournament circuits. His best efforts included 17th and 19th place finishes during separate tournaments on famed Lake Sam Rayburn in Texas. Steve compiled numerous other top 50 finishes during his six years as a touring pro.

He began guiding part-time from 1983 to 1992. In 1993, Steve began his full-time guiding career in southwest Nebraska. His fishing experience and dedication have really paid off for clients who enjoyed many amazing fishing days over the years. Nobody works harder to insure his customers have their finest fishing experience and go home completely exhausted. And when it comes to catching big fish, Steve's results are second to none.

Steve is widely recognized as one of the state's most knowledgeable and accomplished anglers. Spend a day on the water with him and you'll see first-hand why he has gained such respect.

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Steve's Boat & Gear

Boat

2020 Alumacraft Shadow Comp 185 Sport - Length: 18' 8" Beam: 95"

Boat Motor

2020 Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O. with Electric Start, Integrated Digital Shift and Throttle Control, Power Steering with Hydraulic Steering, and Power Trim and Tilt

Trolling Motor

2020 Minn Kota Ultrex Trolling Motor with Built-In MEGA Down Imaging Sonar - 112 lbs. Thrust, 36v, I- Pilot Link, Reinvented Spot-Lock with Jog, Integrated GPS Technology, Power Steering Ultrex Foot Pedal, Steering Lock, Lift- Assist, Weedless Wedge 2 Prop, and Built-In MEGA Down Image Transducer

Sonars

2020 Humminbird Helix 8 Chirp Mega Di GPS G3N CHO - 8" display, MEGA Down Imaging and Dual Spectrum CHIRP Sonar, GPS mapping, built-in Bluetooth, ethernet networking, AutoChart Live with depth, vegetation, and bottom hardness mapping, and built-in Humminbird Basemap

Steve's Largest Catches

Hybrid Striper (Wiper) - 20 lbs. 1 oz.
Largemouth Bass - 9 lbs. 7 oz.
Smallmouth Bass - 5 lbs. 12 oz.
Walleye - 13 lbs. 3 oz.
Crappie - 3 lbs.  9 oz.
Northern Pike - 26 lbs. 14 oz.
White Bass - 3 lbs. 8 oz.
Channel Catfish - 33 lbs.
Flathead Catfish - 70 lbs.

State Record Wiper Chase

Steve's chase for the Nebraska State Record Wiper started in April 1994 with Kirk Ulray's 13lbs. 14oz. fish.
Steve proceeded to break Ulray's record and then eclipsed his own wiper record three times (twice in two months) before setting the previous record caught in 1999.
Steve Lytle with his first state record Wiper
at 28.5-inches, weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces
caught May 14, 1995 at Red Willow Reservoir.
31.25-inch state record-tying Wiper weighing
15 pounds, 11 ounces on May 28, 1996 from
Red Willow Reservoir.
Wiper weighing 17 pounds, 5.5 ounces on
June 3, 1996 from Red Willow Reservoir.
20 lbs. 1 oz. caught with a Golden shiner on
August 1, 1999 from Red Willow Reservoir. Steve's 1999 state record was broken in June 2020 with a 21lbs and 9oz wiper caught from Lake McConaughy.

Testimonials

"My son and I had our third two day trip with Steve last week. We highly recommend that you book a trip with Steve. I have fished with professional fishing guides, charters, and lodge owners for over 50 years and truly know and understand the difference between them taking me fishing and those who are working and applying experience that gives one the best opportunity to catch fish and a great learning experience as well. Steve Lytle will pull out all stops in doing just that for the anglers who ply the waters with him. You will have an excellent chance to catch master angler fish as Steve has them dialed in and will put you in the finest locations, and teach you the techniques and correct presentations to catch both good numbers and some monster fish. He is absolutely intent on giving you the best fishing opportunities possible. If you have not fished with him you are missing a chance to fish with a professional who will put you into the fish. In the trips we have made we have always come away with many fish, a lot of varieties of fish, and another education in the art of CATCHING FISH and many TROPHY-MASTER ANGLER FISH. Please allow Steve to put you into a fun, educational, and onto a fish catching day or two on the water. In my years of fishing extensively in California, fresh and saltwater, Mexico, Alaska, and Canada I can truly say that Steve ranks among the best, as a professional angler that gives you a memory filled day of angling. Among the finest guides in the world. Give him a call but let me warn you to book as early as possible as his available dates fill in quickly each year. Get out their and enjoy a trip of a lifetime. You will be biting to come back again for sure!!!"

Dennis Coats, June 4th, 2017

"Steve, never a dull moment. The last 5 years fishing--awesome time!!!"

Daniel Wilson Jr. , July 8th, 2016

"I had the opportunity to fish with Steve on the 14th of this month. It was chilly but Hands down one of the funnest, action packed fishing days I've ever had. I fish on a daily basis but Steve is a super nice guy with a TON of knowledge making a day on the water very memorable. 5 stars for sure. Just let me say, I WILL be back on his boat very soon. Thank you Steve for the time and effort you put in making sure your customers have a great time."

Luke Garcia, May 14th, 2016

"I had a blast and learned so much from Steve, he was very helpful when I needed help. We will be returning to fish with him every year."

Joseph Summers, May 7th, 2015

"My wife and I booked a trip with Steve this past summer and had an absolute blast catching wipers, never caught a fish like a wiper they don't just bite they just take it and peel off the drag. We had a great time with Steve, highly recommend him."

Bill Berns, December 15th, 2015

"Had an amazing time! Will be making this a yearly trip with the guys in my family!"

Christian Frank, July 22nd, 2015