Bessey Ranger District at the Nebraska National Forest


Off Highway Vehicle Travel

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ATV riders at the hill climb on a sunny day.



Largemouth bass, channel catfish, and bluegill are  common in the smaller water bodies, while anglers at Merritt Reservoir target a wide variety of species including walleye, northern pike, muskellunge, largemouth and smallmouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, perch, and bluegill.  Rainbow trout are occasionally stocked at the Bessey Pond and as a put-and-take fishery.  

Fish stocking report  

Nebraska fishing regulations 

Purchase a permit 

Ice fishing safety  

A hopeful fisherman huddles on the ice.