April 1 through October 31
for 1 or 2 anglers;
$375/day* for 3 anglers
November 1 through March 31
Contact Steve for discounted rates.
A $100 deposit is due within two weeks of booking a trip.
Add $25 to the guiding fee for trips booked at Enders
Live bait is extra.
Guided trips last all day.
to book fishing dates.
e-mail for inquiries and correspondence.
WHAT TO BRING
should bring sunscreen, sun glasses, rain gear, a camera, drinks (no
alcohol!), and snacks. 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 Willow Springs Marina at Red Willow Reservoir, or
Medicine Creek Lodge at Medicine Creek Reservoir. Talk with
Steve about lunch when you book your trip.
fishing requires sturdy tackle in top working condition.
Baitcasting 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 TO EXPECT
Steve works very hard to provide his clients with an excellent
fishing and learning experience, regardless of their experience level.
Here's what you can expect from a day on the water:
You'll fish with live bait, 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 for a
starting time in the morning.
catch-and-release, even 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 he encourages clients to bring
along their own camera.
Check out the City of
McCook or Visit
McCook web sites to find places to stay and eat.
the Nebraska Game &
Parks Commission web site to get information on camping options at
the area lakes.
Contact Lighthouse Marina
for available lodging and
camping. Contact the marina at:
Seasonal phone: (308) 345-2292
Corporate phone: (308) 345-3194
HOW TO GET HERE
McCook is located in the southwest corner of Nebraska, not far
from the Kansas border. Click on one of these links to
get a map and directions from near where you live:
Steve can comfortably accommodate up
to 4 anglers in his 2006 Triton 202X Multi-species fiberglass
Steve's Triton is equipped with a 150 hp
Mercury OptiMax outboard, a Minn Kota electric motor (101 lbs. thrust), and Lowrance
X-135 and X-102 colar sonar.
Steve can provide all the fishing equipment and tackle
you need to enjoy a successful and enjoyable day on the water.
The reservoirs in southwest Nebraska are
teeming with gizzard shad. Steve frequently uses shad for bait
in the months it's legal to net them on the
lakes he fishes.
Steve's goal has always been satisfied
clients. He'll go out of his way to make sure you experience a
satisfying fishing trip while visiting the McCook area.
While Steve is an accomplished bass
angler, he primarily targets wipers when fishing with clients.
Oftentimes trophy catfish, walleyes, northern pike and
largemouth bass are caught while wiper fishing. Steve can also
put clients on white bass and crappies when fishing action is
Here's what Matt
Vincent, Editor of B.A.S.S. TIMES, had to say about his
experience with Steve:
"As a professional outdoor writer and editor for two
decades, I've shared boats with professional fishing guides
across the United States. In that time, I've fished with only
a handful like Steve Lytle. Personable, professional,
courteous .... it's been my extreme pleasure to share a boat
with Steve. Not only do you catch fish, you also learn how to
catch them. And that's the true measure of a professional
fishing guide. Because if you're not learning something new,
you're not really fishing."