Bessey Fishing Pond

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A young man gets his line wet at the fish pond.

This is a small pond north of the Middle Loup River.  Nebraska Game and Parks regularly stocks it with different kinds of fish.

Fish Your National Forests: This site can be accessed by Passenger Car; Fish available include: Trout, Bass, Catfish, Panfish; Types of fishing available include: Shore, Non-motorized boat, Float tube, Spin, Bait, Ice; ADA accessible fishing access with fishing pier  

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The pond is open for fishing at all hours.
Reservations: None required.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees None.
Usage: Light
Water: No.
Restroom: No.

General Information


From I-80 at North Platte, Nebraska, take Highway 83 north for 65 miles to Thedford.  At Thedford, go east on Highway 2 for 17 miles.  At the national forest sign, turn south and the pond will be about 1/4 mile on the east side of the road.


The fishing pond and pier are accessible.


There is a parking lot next to the pond.

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Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing MethodWith poles only.
Water TemperatureIced over in winter.
Fishing PlatformYes.
Fish SpeciesThe pond is stocked with bass, blue gill, trout, and catfish.
Difficulty Level: Easy


Picnic tables
Toilets Vault toilet
Parking Gravel parking area next to pond
Tent camping Two campsites are located close to the pond. Each is $8 per night.
Accessible Access to the pond, the fishing pier, and the vault toilet are accessible.

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