Category Archives: 3 Star

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 NEB-ULCA game so we decided to stay close to home and do a quick early morning trip.  We got out there before sunrise and were on the water for the whole morning.  It was breezy and cloudy with a few sprinkles.  The water temp was still around 75 degrees which was hotter than I expected since we had a few days that 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 we had and didn’t get a 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 sit in 5-8ft of water and we ended up getting into some small largemouths there fishing slowly and deeply with a blue texas rigged 8” plastic worm.

We still were 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 would mark more fish where the depth dropped from 10ft-18th, and we trolled swimbaits and crankbaits over the edge with no luck and not even marking fish.

Our time was running out (didn’t want to miss 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 is the 2nd or 3rd time I have fished standing bear 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 chose to fish somewhere else.

 Overall Ranking: 3 star

Great park area and good boat ramp and lake structure but the fishing was really slow and there is always a lot of traffic at the lake.

 

August 16th 2014, Branched Oak Lake

I got off work a few hours early today and called my dad for a quick afternoon fishing trip.  He had just done some repairs on his motor and I had never seriously tried fishing branched oak so we headed up there for a couple of hours.

I know that they have bass tournaments there every once in a while and had heard of a few people fishing there.  But I don’t think we choose the best day or time to go.  There was tons of traffic on the lake and it was hot and sunny.

We took a cruise around and and fished a few spots but the lake seemed pretty dirty and shallow near the shoreline. So we tried fishing at the end of some peers and caught some good variety of fish but none were bass (see pictures below). My dad had booked a very large catfish that he had an epic battle with for almost 10 minutes before it snapped his line! We never actually got to see the fish because whenever it came anywhere close to the surface it would immediately for back down and run out the drag on his line, fun to watch though I would have like to have seen it.

Then we started having some engine troubles so we called it a day. Not sure I will be going back due to the traffic but still nice to get out on the water.

Overall Ranking: 3 Star

Good Boat ramp, camping and the lake size and location were nice but the fishing was really slow unless you are trying to catch yellow bass or catfish.

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July 4th 2014, Stagecoach Lake

Where: Stagecoach lake, Hickman Ne
Who: my dad and me
Weather: sunny and very windy

Since me and my dad both had no plans on the fourth of July so what better way to spend the day then fishing with each other.
We decided to go to a place we hadn’t been to since wagon train opened up and that place is stage coach, which is really close to the other lake and used to be our favorite spot until the other lake was finished.

The lake had changed quite a bit since we had been there last. There were two main things I noticed, one was they had added a lot more brush piles all around the lake and they were great structure to hold fish. And second it seemed to have silted in a little more, places seemed to be slightly more shallow than it was before (the lake was not deep to begin with).

We tried a wide variety of lures and all around the  lake.  We missed a few what seemed to be big fish that bit our lines.  Two of which broke the line on my dad’s rod!  But after a few hours of fishing my dad came or on top 1-0. Kind of disappointing in numbers but still great to spend time on the water with dad.  Also I know there are big fish there and will go back sometime to try again.

Here are just a few pictures including the one m my dad caught which he didn’t want me to take but my comment was “I have to in case it’s the only one we catch” next time I’ll keep my m mouth shut.

Overall Ranking: 3 Star

This lake has a good boat ramp and dock, camping and the fishing was ok but I know we have caught good fish in the past.  It is a pretty shallow lake with little structure for the fish outside of some brush piles.

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May 18th 2014 Mile Hill Lake

Who: Brandon Dubois (my brother-in-law) and me

Where: Mile Hill, Glenwood Iowa

When: May 18th 2014

Weather 75 degrees with a breeze

Boat Type: 14ft jon boat and trolling motor

Another good trip that just goes to show how important the outdoors are.  Today I took my brother-in-law.  Right now he is just getting out of high school and starting his adult life.  He could really use a positive roll model and what better way to spent a day together than on the lake fishing.

Since he is from Council Bluffs and had just purchased an Iowa license I decided to head over there to try some new lakes.  We drove by Pony Creek but decided on Mile Hill since we could get out of the wind at that lake.  The water was extremely clear, I could see for probably 5 ft through the water.  There fore I saw plenty of fish but they were also spooked really easily.

We fished for a few hours before my trolling motor started giving me trouble and we decided to stop.  But this lake was a very pretty lake.  Up in the bluff hills of Iowa and had a lot of natural woodlands surrounding the lake.  It had good parking and walking trails there as well.

The lake is only about 40 acres so we were able to fish most of it.  We could see the bluegill spawning in the shallows and a few bass were still sitting up there as well but by the time we would get close they would spook as the water was so clear.  We did end up finding a few nice crappy and missed some good bass bites.  This is definitely a lake I will be trying again another time but I hope we have a little bit better luck…

Overall Ranking: 3 Star

This is a very pretty lake up in the hills.  Good hiking paths and park area.  The lake structure and water clarity were great, I just didn’t have much luck fishing it and the boat ramp was rough. 

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October 31st 2013, Standing Bear Lake

Who: Just Myself

Where: Standing Bear Lake

When: October 31st, 2013

Weather: 45 degrees and windy

Boat Type: none, I fished from shore

I had recently checked the stocking reports and noticed they had stocked a lot of trout in Standing Bear in October.  I have caught trout before in Colorado and in Long Pine NE but not at the lakes in town.  And knowing that trout taste delicious I figured it would be a good opportunity for me to put some fish in the freezer for the winter.

This turned out to be a good opportunity, we do not have any kids yet so while everyone one else was out trick or treating we were trying to find something to do.  My wife was also under the weather that day so I rented a redbox and ordered her a pizza, tucked her in on the coach and headed for the lake.

I fished right near the boat ramp near the dock and the rocks.  I only threw 2 different kinds of lures, one was a small white trout spinner, which caught 3 nice trout, a really small bass and also a decent probably 12-13 inch bass.  Then I also used a light bobber with a crappie jig about 2 feet down and I would cast and pull this in.  There was only one other fisherman out there that day and he was fishing off the dock catching some nice crappies.

In Nebraska the limit on trout is 5 and after catching my limit it was getting pretty cold anyways.  So I headed home to clean the fish and put them in the freezer.

Enjoy the pictures!

Overall Ranking: 3 Star

The lake is a good size with depth and a good boat ramp.  I just haven’t every had a really good day fishing here and its always been busy.

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October 3rd 2013, Missouri River

Today I went out all by myself.  I had a few hours after work before it got dark and decided to try something new.

For a while now I have been intrigued by the River.  Up north they caught all kinds of nice bass, largemouth and smallmouth, as well as norther pike, walleye etc.  I have even fished oxbow lakes of the missouri but it was north of town about 60-80 minutes.  But I had always been told that Omaha was too far south to hold those fish and they liked the cleaner water up north.  I never really believed that and decided I wanted to finally test the waters.

Since my boat is just a 14ft jon with a trolling motor I decided against attempting to battle the rivers current.  I parked up at Dodge Park and walked the rocks on the bank fishing any water breaks I could find.  I fished the mouth of Dodge Parks Canal, the docks near the boat ramps and some fallen trees that I could reach.

Withing the first 30 minutes I found what I was looking for, I pulled up this 18 1/2 inch bass (picture below… proof!) throwing a bass jig and trailer.  Yes you read that right, almost a 3lb bass at Dodge Park in Omaha!

The rest of the day was pretty slow, I did catch a nice drum (pictured below).  I did miss 2 other nice bites, not sure if they were bass, drum, walleye or northerns but they were bites either way.  I would be very interested to try fishing it by boat and be able to reach a lot more ideal spots for fish but did the best with what I had.  Enjoy the Pictures!

Overall Ranking: 3 Star

Probably the most intriguing place to fish on the eastern side of Nebraska.  As proven you can catch bass and its a huge body of water and has good ramps. I just don’t have a boat yet to really explore it.

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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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September 7th 2013, Willard Meyer

Who: My dad and myself

Where: Willard Meyer, Wilber NE

When: September 7th 2013 7-11am

Weather: 80 degrees and Sunny

Boat Type: 18ft Nitro Bass Boat

Today we had heard about a new lake through a friend of mine named Kurt and it was within about an hour of my dads place so decided to try a new place.   The lake was beautiful and was far enough outside of Lincoln that we were the only boat on the lake until about 11 when 1 other boat showed up.  The lake was really well set up and had a good campground with a beach and swimming dock.  It had a cement boat ramp and a small dock that was enough for us to get on the lake.

The water was about a foot or two lower than normal pool and also the temperature was 78 degrees so we knew that fishing would be a little slower due to the summer bass patterns.  We started fishing right by the boat ramp where there were some trees that had been sunk.  That produced a bit or two but no fish caught.  We moved from there to the dam where we didn’t even get a strike and the same with the two islands in the middle of the lake.

We had a topographical map so we followed the channel all the way up into the north side of the lake.  Once we got up there into the sunken trees and the old stumps we caught a few but it was still pretty slow conditions.  We were fishing texas rigged black and blue plastics and also caught one on a shad colored crank bait.  Every fish we caught was tucked up very close to the sunken trees in the lake and we definitely had to get our lures back into some very tight spots to pull the fish out.

We fished until the temperature rose and we decided to get off the lake.  We both really liked the lake and will visit it again but hopefully when the conditions were better.  If you get a chance to head to this lake it is a good one and especially if you are camping, it had a lot of other activities at the lake.  Enjoy the pictures!

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July 10th 2013, Standing Bear

Who: Brian Barry, Scott Gleason

Where: Standing Bear, Omaha Ne

When: June 10th 7:30-9pm

Weather 85 Degrees, Sunny

Boat Type: 14ft flat bottom Jon Boat, trolling motor

Today we had a short window of time to get out and actually fish but since the weather was so nice we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  So instead of heading out of town, we chose Standing Bear which is about 5 minutes from where I live.  Also Scott had been there earlier this week with some success using a top water frog.

We started fishing along the south side of the lake by the boat ramp and quickly noticed how many other people were on the lake.  There were approximately 15 kayaks or canoes on the lake, I believe for a boy scouts event.  Also about every 50-100ft on the shore line there was somebody with a set line.  So we attempted to bounce around them for a little bit with little success.

We did also take into account that the bass would typically be in their summer patterns by now, so deep points might be a good option.  That mixed in with the heat and the extremely clear water in the lake, we had to adjust our fishing methods.  We threw about everything at them with only a few bites here and there but hadn’t pulled anything in yet.  We tried fishing in the large cove on the south side and along the dam as well and were seeing a lot of schooling fish out in the open water but couldn’t convert that into any real strikes.

Finally as the sun started to set, the temperature dropped and the visibility got worse we started getting some strikes.  I believe as a result of the conditions the bass were hanging out deeper and not feeding as much until the temperatures cooled and the traffic on the lake lessened.  We ended up with a few good bites, a few fished hooked that got away and caught one 14 inch bass near the end of the night (as pictured below).

So we were a little disappointed we didn’t catch more fish but we did find them eventually and we had to fight a crowd of people to do it.  It is a good place to go if you live in Omaha and want to get out for an hour or two some evening.  But if I had the time, I would go further out of down just because of the traffic on the lake.

Overall Ranking: 3 Star

The fishing is somewhat slow and the fish are usually small.  But it is nice when you can get to the lake in 10 minutes.

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