Who: Me and Kirra
Where: Lake Cunningham, Omaha NE
When: April 6th 2014
Weather: Windy, 60-65 degrees, cloudy
Boat Type: 14ft Jon Boat
Today was still pretty early in the season, especially for Nebraska. But I had started to hear reports of some others catching fish and couldn’t stay away. Today is a Sunday and I only a few hours late in the afternoon so I stayed close to home and decided to head towards cunningham. I have always caught fish there but they were all fairly small but today I would take any fish since this was my first time out this year.
The wind was preventing me from staying in any spot for long unless I threw the anchor out. I headed towards the west side of the lake and was trying to get back in some coves to get out of the wind. In one of those coves I drifted across a big ledge where the depth went from 2ft-10ft very quickly. On this ledge there were also some laid down trees sitting around the 8ft range. I was using a variety of lures included a bass jig, a heavy double Colorado blade spinner bait, and a beaver tail grub. But at this spot I used a Rat-l-trap in the fire tiger colors.
I was anchored below the drop and casting up into the shallows and bringing it slowly over the ridge. On one cast I felt a small tick and set the hook. Immediately I could tell the fish on the other end was big! It was pulling the drag on my line and when it came near the top and I saw its side flash in the light I immediately reached for my net. The first fish I landed for the year was a 19 ½ inch Largemouth Bass that was pregnant with a big belly of eggs. It was around a 5 pound fish with its mass and healthy as could be. What a way to start the year.
Unfortunately that was the only bite I got all day. But the trip was worth every second to start my year off with a fish like that. Both pictures below are of the fish and a few of my brothers dog Kirra who joined me. Enjoy the pictures!
Overall Ranking: 5 Star
Great boat ramp and hiking trails. Good fishing and the lake has great depth, structure and size. For being so close to Omaha I was surprised it was not really busy, but the only down side is all the carp and bullhead in the lake.