Fishing on Niobrara National Scenic River
Fishing is allowed on the Niobrara National Scenic River and is reminiscent of the traditional use of the river by Native Americans and Homesteaders who settled on the banks.
The fish community of the Niobrara River is the richest in the state, with over 30 species documented thus far. However, the river is not considered popular for recreational fishing. Channel catfish is the most popular game species, and may be caught in deeper, slow moving waters. Common carp, an exotic species, can also be angled, but are much less sought after. Trout, all introduced, occur in some of the cold-water tributaries of the Niobrara, and are sometimes pursued.
Visitors fishing within the Niobrara National Scenic River must follow the fishing license requirements in accordance with the laws and regulations of the State of Nebraska.
Locally, fishing licenses can be obtained at the Valentine State Fish Hatchery, the Sinclair Gas Station in Valentine, Wright’s Bait Shop in Valentine, and online at Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
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Fish Consumption Advisories in National Park Waters
There are No Fish Consumption Advisories for Niobrara National Scenic River.
Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic invasive species are not native to an ecosystem. Their introduction causes, or is likely to cause, harm to the economy, the environment, or to human health. Aquatic invasive species are a growing risk to parks and their values. In the United States alone, there are more than 250 non-native aquatic species.
How You Can Help – Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers
Fishing Throughout the National Park Service
We invite you to visit the Fish and Fishing website for more information about fish and fishing in the National Park Service. Most national parks allow fishing but there can be specific rules for different national park sites, so remeber to know before you go.
Last updated: March 18, 2021