September 14th 2013, Standing Bear Lake

Who: Scott G and Myself

Where: Standing Bear, Omaha NE

When September 14th 7am-10am

Weather: 55 Degrees and Partially Cloudy

Boat type: 14ft Jon Boat

Today was the day of the NEB-UCLA game, so we decided to stay close to home and do a quick early morning trip.  We got out there before the sunrise and were on the water for the whole morning.  It was breezy and cloudy with a few sprinkles of rain.  The water temp was still around 75 degrees which was hotter than i had expected since the previous few days were in the 60’s.

Since the water temperatures were still high and we were there early in the morning I had thought that topwater would really be good this morning but surprisingly we tried about every topwater lure we had and didn’t get a single strike.  We also didn’t see anything surfacing so we quickly changed our approach.  Just to the east of the boat ramp there are a lot of sunken trees that are in 5-8ft of water and we ended up getting into some small large mouths there fishing slowly and deep with a blue texas rigged 8″ plastic worm.

We still weren’t finding the fish we wanted to so we continued to move around the lake.  Fishing briefly on the dam with no luck.  We then passed over the channel in the middle of the lake wondering if we could mark fish where the dept dropped from 10ft-18ft.  We tried trolling lures across this depth change with crankbaits and swimbaits but still had no luck and didn’t even mark many fish.

Our time was running out (we didn’t want to miss the kickoff)  so we tried one last location on the western side of the lake where the creeks run into the main lake and it was so shallow we actually grounded the boat.  We then packed up and went home to watch the game.

this was the 2nd or 3rd time I have fished this lake and it looks like a great lake but i have not had much success.  I have never been skunked but never thrilled about the trip either.  If I had more time I would have chosen to go somewhere else.

Overall Ranking: 3 Star

Good looking lake with good ramp and structure, I’ve just never caught a lot of fish or any of really good size.

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