Category Archives: 4 Star

June 26th 15 Cunningham Lake

Who:  myself
Where: Cunningham lake
Weather: 75 and sunny, no wind

Today was a slower day, I only had a few hours this morning so I stayed close to home and went to Cunningham.  I got there right after sunrise and began the long trip across the lake.  I stopped at some sunken trees on the northwest side and saw plenty of carp but no bass.  So I skipped to the far north of the lake where they have the sunken rock pulled marked by the danger float buoys.

On the north side I did catch a few fish, 2 from the rock piles and two from tree logs.  I caught the two by the rocks on a square bill crank bait and the two by the logs were caught on a plastic creature bait.

This lake seems to have tons of carp and small bass and occasionally you can hook into a pretty decent one or even a ppike. All in all its not too bad for a lake this close to Omaha and highly pressured as it is. Enjoy the pictures!

Overall Ranking: 4 Star

Great boat ramp and docks.  The lake is good in size and depth and you can usually catch a few fish.  For the most part the fish were smaller and the lake has a lot of undesirable fish like bullhead and carp.

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May 15th Spirit Lake

Who: My Grandma and Grandpa and two of their friends

Where: Spirit Lake, Spirit Lake Iowa

When: May 15th 2014

Weather 45 Degrees and Windy

Boat Type: Fishing from shore

This is what fishing is all about.  Being able to fish with my grandparents as they showed me around a new place and trying new ways to catch fish.

My Grandparents make this trip every year in the spring and I finally had a day off that I could join them.  They head up to Spirit Lake and fish for bullheads so they can fill their freezer with some fish to eat for the year.  They had been there from Wednesday morning through mid day Friday and I drove up Wednesday night and drove back Thursday night.  But that was plenty of time to do some good fishing.

We woke up really early for some breakfast before hitting the lake early.  We caught a few fish in the morning then took a break for lunch be fore returning to the water.

They took me out to the lake and showed me all the spill ways and creek entrances they spot up on to find their bullhead, but with the water being a little low so there was not a lot of water moving through the spillways.  We did however find one that there was some water moving and there were some pretty good bullhead stacking up in it.  On Thursday alone we had between 14-20 bullhead, 2 bass and 1 carp caught.  Fishing mainly with worms in the spillway but I would cast my lures attempting to find a bass wondering around.

The Lake was bigger than I thought and had some great views.  They also showed me the place they take the fished to get cleaned and freeze wrapped.  I was glad I was able to see the place but the real treat of the weekend was getting some good times with my grandparents, even if it was cold and windy.

Overall Ranking: 4 Star

Great size and depth of the lake.  We caught plenty of fish of multiple species and all had good size.  My only downfall with this lake is the distance to get there. 

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September 1st 2013 Walnut Creek

Who: Levi and his boys Sam, Ben and myself

Where: Walnut Creek, Papillion NE

When: September 1st 2013 5-8pm

Weather: Windy, 75-80 degrees

Boat Type: 14ft Jon boat

A special thanks goes out today to Levi who is the person that helped me set up this site!  Two of his boys decided they wanted to go fishing so we took them out to Walnut Creek with the hopes of catching some fish.  We grabbed some worm and hooked both boys up with bobbers so that we would have the best chance of catching good numbers of fish.

Today was all about the boys, they were really excited to go fishing and we did everything we could to make sure they had a good time.  We anchored out in the trees all throughout the day and taught the boys how to cast and what it meant to set the hook.  They also got to see some good wildlife such as ducks and other animals.

Sam, the older of the two boys was at the front of the boat and Ben was in between Levi and myself.  We always had to keep our eyes on them since we didn’t want to get a hook in the back of the head and also to make sure they would leave there bobber in one spot long enough to let the fish find them.  The day was pretty rough for fishing with water temperatures still in the low 80’s.  We got a few bites here and there but only ended up catching one sunfish (caught by Sam).  The boys had decided earlier that day that they wanted to eat the fish they caught so we took it back to their place and I showed them how to fillet a fish and Levi fried it up for them to eat.  It is always more rewarding to know that you caught your own dinner and the boys loved it.

Walnut Creek was a very good lake for what we needed and maybe next time we will go when the water isn’t so hot and maybe catch more fish for the boys.  Enjoy the pictures, it is always fun seeing the look kids get when they get to be outdoors and especially catching their first fish!

Overall Ranking: 4 Star

Great lake with good boat ramps, docks and fishing areas.  The fishing here is usually pretty good and even though the lake is usually pretty busy there is more than enough space for everyone.

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July 27th 2013 Timber Point

Who: Kaylene Barry and Me

Where: Timber Point, Brainard, NE

When: July 27th 2013, 7-10am

Weather: 65 Degrees, Partly Cloud and still

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

This is a little lake that I have been itching to go to for a while.  I drove by it early this spring and have heard that there was a good bass population that I wanted to try out.  The lake is just about 30 minutes north of Lincoln and is a beautiful Rec area.  Being back up in the hills it is definitely one of the more scenic lakes I have been to in a long time.  Also this is the first time this year I had the chance to fish with my sister and I was very excited she wanted to go with me.

As we started fishing I thought they might be hitting on top water lures or something fast since it was so early in the morning but we quickly found out that the water temperatures were still high and the water level was a few fee low.  So the bass were still in full summer patterns, we found them hiding deep inside the deeper sunken trees.  Fishing about 5-8 feet of water and letting our Texas rigged plastic creature baits drop deep inside the trees and dangle on the branches. Which is a hard way to fish because you really have to be able to feel when the fish take the lure even though its running through brush and sticks the whole time, and then once you hook one you have to be able to yank him out of the trees before they wrap you around a tree branch.

We fished around the whole lake this way and there are plenty of sunken trees and structure to fish here.  And we tried other spots like shallow weed lines, the dam and back in the coves but all of our fish came in the cover of the sunken trees.  They must have been sitting in the shadows and were clinging tight to them.

Most of the fish we caught were right around 13-15 inches and seemed to be healthy fish.  I was hoping to catch one of the musky that have been stocked in there but didn’t have any luck.  There were 3 other boats on the lake this morning, another small bout like ours, a canoe and a bass boat.  We were the only people that I saw catch a bass but I also wasn’t watching too closely.  With 4 total boats on the lake it was full but not over crowded, being only 28 acres of surface water when at full pool it could get full pretty quickly.

This is definitely a lake I would like to visit again, and with the nice little campgrounds it would be a great place to take a camping trip that wouldn’t see too much traffic.

Overall Ranking: 3 Star

This lake is a not very well know surprise just north of Lincoln.  It is pretty small but has a good depth and lake structure.  The boat ramp was good but no boat dock.  Also caught plenty of decent size bass, I’ll bet there are a few good sized fish in there.

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June 29th 2013 Tieville Bend and Middle Decatur Bend

Who: Brian Barry

Where: Tieville Bend, and Middle Decatur Bend

When: May 29th 6-9:30am, at Tieville and 10-11:30 at Middle Decatur Bend

Weather:  80’s sunny with a steady wind

Boat Type: 14ft Jon Boat

Last year I had hunted Tieville Bend for Ducks and noticed fishing jumping while out there.  Not sure of the species or numbers I figured I would try it out.  It has an almost hidden entrance that leads you to the water, where there is not boat ramp but with my Jon boat I could easily slide it off into the water.  The water was much lower than when I had been there in the fall, and was divided into 3 smaller lakes separated by sandbars instead of the 1 larger one I had seen while duck hunting.

Being there just after sunrise I started fishing without really any luck.  I had seen some asian carp and gar but did not get any fish landed or any real bass bites.  I did try 2 of the 3 smaller lakes with the same results and had attempted a plethora of lures to try and get a strike such as worms, spinners, cranks, jigs… etc.  Here are some pictures of the lake and structure

Overall Ranking: 4 Star

This is a very intriguing lake/lakes.  The fishing is good and at decatur the ramp is pretty good, at Tieville its just a mud ramp.  There is good depth and lots of fish but watch out for flying carp.

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After about 3 hours of fishing it without a single strike I pulled my boat out and headed to the southside of the highway towards Middle Decatur Bend, which I had caught some nice bass in a few weeks earlier.

It started getting windy so when choosing the spot I went upwind in case it got worse I would be able to quickly get back to the boat ramp.  I ended up floating with the wind along the north shoreline fishing the old bridge stumps and the shoreline.  Trying anything I had used a few weeks before that got strikes such as, jigs, spinnerbaits and plastics, but today the bite was on while using a texas rigged baby brush hog and it came really close to shore.  I caught 4 or 5 nice 15” bass doing this before the wind got to strong and I headed back to the car.  Below are some pictures of the fish caught this day.

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While at the lake I did meet a nice gentleman named John who was out there with a friend fishing in a Ranger Bass boat.  After talking he advised me the depth of the lake (since I do not yet have a depth finder on my Jon Boat), he stated it was about 10 Feet in the middle of the lake and pretty shallow in some other spots.  But knowing that depth will be great for anyone wanting to fish a larger boat up there you now know you can and people have.

So after today’s results I would NOT recommend Tieville as a fishing location, but have come to love Middle Decatur Bend for its size, quality and quantity of Large bass and a quiet location.  I will definitely be heading back there in the future.

June 2nd 2013 Middle Decatur Bend

Who: Brian Barry

Where: Middle Decatur Bend, Decatur NE

When: June 2nd 5pm-8:30pm

Weather: Perfect, 70 Degrees, slightly cloudy, small breeze

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

This is a neat little, relatively unknown, fishing hotspot.  I was recommended to try this place by a friend of my named Mark, who stated he had fished it during high waters while fishing tournaments on the Missouri River.  The location is about 1 hour north of Omaha on I-29, it is on the Iowa side of the river but because of how the state lines are divided both Iowans and Nebraskans can fish it.  I contacted the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission just to verify the lake since it was not listed on their interactive map at www.outdoornebraska.com.  They stated that it was in fact considered to be “part of the Missouri river waters” and therefore legal for Nebraskans to fish.

The lake itself is a large oxbow lake right off of the Missouri and I have been told that during high water times that you can actually go between the lake and the river.  There is a nice little gravel boat ramp to put my boat in, as pictured below.  The water was fairly clear and shallow for the most part.  I saw A LOT of Asian Carp, those pesky fish where everywhere and would often get spooked by me and jump a few feet out of the water.  It is quite a scene, and if you haven’t had the opportunity to experience it you can view a number of good youtube videos that have been captured.

Other fish I happened across where Paddle Fish, Gar, Northern Pike and saw a guy from shore who stated he had caught a few nice Catfish.  Since I am not used to fishing the river I had completely forgot about the Gar and had not bought any line leaders to protect my lures from their teeth.  Throughout the day I hooked into 2-3 of these monsters and they quickly snapped my line as they swam away.

To start my fishing I followed the shoreline south from the boat ramp and everything looked to be fantastic for bass fishing.  There were sunken logs, fallen trees, rocky edges and what looked to be like an old bridge that had left behind a lot of big support beams in the water.  The lures I started with where a pumpkin seed pig and jig, and a brown/blue baby brush hog.  I started by the fallen brush piles and trees on the deeper parts on the lake, about 6-8ft.  I fished for about an hour and had only hooked a few Gar, therefore I was wondering if there were in fact any bass in there.  But after snagging a few times and seeing that the Gar were handing tight to the fallen trees I recognized I was fishing the wrong spots as the Bass wouldn’t school with Gar.  So I switched up my approach.

From there I switched my lines to a yellow crankbait and a white spinnerbait with a double willow blade.  I stopped trying to fish in the fallen brush piles and switched to fishing the shoreline and the old support beams from the bridge.  This structure was in about 2-4ft of water.  And as I moved in to the shallower spots I could see little schools of baitfish near the shoreline.  So, I followed those small schools and threw my spinnerbait right through the middle of them, jerking it periodically to create more action.  Within just a few minutes I had hooked into a very nice, healthy 17” Bass.  Continuing on this pattern I followed it immediately up with a 19” Bass.  This continued for the remainder of the day and I finished with 6-7 nice Largemouth’s.  The smallest one of the day was 15”.  To add to the excitement of the day I also brought in one 21” Northern Pike.

So it took a while for me find the fish but as soon as they were located it was time to focus because they were strong healthy fish.  If you are looking for a great place to get away, catch a variety of fish, and fish a place that doesn’t get much traffic from other people, this is a great location.  Just an hour outside of Omaha and a very scenic spot.  Below are some pictures of the trip!

Overall Ranking: 4 Star

Awesome little lake that is not very well known.  It is a good looking lake with lots of species of fish.  The ramp is just a gravel one and there are a lot of carp and gar there but there are also some nice bass, catfish and pike.

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