Who: My Dad and I
Where: Wagon Train Lake, Hickman NE
When: June 22nd 7-10am
Weather: Warm, started off clear, scattered storms rolled in later
Boat Type: 2003 Nitro Bass Boat
We had been discussing going fishing all week long but the temperatures were in the high 80’s to low 90’s all week and Saturday was supposed to be the hottest day yet. Therefore we decided to get to the lake early in the morning and had arrived just before 7am. The weather was clear and pretty warm, but a morning storm rolled by keeping the temperatures nice all morning.
We started by fishing the rock jetties by the boat ramp. Now my dad was throwing a Texas Rigged plastic bait, which is his tried and true. 9 out of 10 times this is what my dad will start his day with and it usually produces a good number of fish. I on the other hand like to have 4-5 different baits tied on and will continually switch back and forth between them until a pattern is noticed. Today I had a multicolored swim bait, a medium diving perch colored crank bait, a brown pig and jig and finally a brown finesse worm.
On the first point we caught 3 or 4 fish and all of them on plastics just near the end of the point, One was over 3lbs! We fished the other nearby points before they became crowded with people fishing from the shoreline. We then moved to the sunken brush piles in the shallows water on the east side of the lake. Here we caught 1 or 2 but it wasn’t the action we were looking for.
It was now time to head to one of our favorite spots on the lake, the sunken tree stumps on the north side just before the rock jetties. Here we usually hook into a few fish but today was a little different. The Bass are now post-spawn and starting to turn to their summer patterns. There were a few bites and missed some fish, catching only 1 nice crappie (see picture below) on a bass crank bait.
We saw a lot of other boats today that were throwing spinner baits around the weed lines by shore but hadn’t seen a one of them catching fish, so that technique was eliminated from our options pretty quickly.
So we quickly decided the points we hit this morning were the place to return to. Now that it was a little later in the day and fisherman were covering the points by the ramp, we moved to the west side of the lake where there are two points only accessible from the campgrounds or people that wanted to hike around the lake. Here we picked probably 10 or more fish and two of them were over 3lbs!
Most of the fish were caught on the Texas rigged plastics. I had tried other rigs such as a shaky-head, Carolina rig, and drop shot but quickly became frustrated with getting snagged in the rocks and losing so many lures that I went back to the Texas rig. About halfway through the morning a spring scattered storm rolled through and kept the temperature pretty cool, but also brought the wind up quite a bit.
We had a great morning catching 20+ fish and had a few really nice ones. Still one of our favorite lakes and not a bad morning for only fishing about 3 hours. Below are some pictures! Enjoy!
Overall Ranking: 5 Star
This lake gets fished a lot but due to its size and reproducing fish levels you can always find some good fish. The ramp, dock and park areas are great and the lake itself is good looking with good water clarity.