Well this winter I bought a new boat and had to try it out! So today I took my friend Hannah with me to Gzechland Lake near Prague. I have been hearing for a few weeks that the crappie were biting and I’d love to put a few in my freezer.
The day was a perfect day, sunny and about 75 with a little breeze! At the lake there were quite of few people fishing from shore and 2-3 boats but that was ok because I wanted to fish the trees near the channel on the west side of the lake. I have prepared a few poles and taken some worms with us to help catch some fish.
After getting in place and setting the anchor near a few trees in the 5-6 foot depth, I got Hannah rigged up and fishing first. We were fishing with a slip bobber and a crappie jig with a small piece of worm for scent. But on my first cast I caught a beautiful 13 inch Crappie! I had heard there were nice crappie in this lake but I usually target bass and hadn’t caught one yet from it. I was really excited and expecting to have a great afternoon fishing.
Unfortunately even though we had a great time on the water that was the only fish we caught that afternoon. We both missed 1 or 2 bites before it got dark and we headed home. Still had at least one decent fillet though!
Lake Ranking: 5 Star
I have caught plenty of bass in this lake in the past and now was excited to catch a good crappie too. I did watch someone else fishing small spinners and other moving baits as i was loading up the boat and they caught three smaller crappie pretty quickly.. guess i was just using the wrong bait and too stubborn to switch! whoops!
I had been out to my deer stand a couple of times during earlier bow season but today was the first day I was able to go out during Muzzleloader! As I parked 3 other trucks pulled up and were ready to hunt the same property. One was bow and the other two were muzzleloaders, but fortunately the property is large enough once we walked into the woods we didn’t really bother each other at all.
Early on in the morning I saw 3 does that walked close, but they chose a different path and I watched them walk by. About an hour after sunrise I heard a noise behind me and turned to look and see a buck walking down the walking path that I used that morning to walk in on. As he approached he stopped next to the creek for a quick drink and to look around. I was watching him pretty closely, a nice 4×4 young buck. He ended up taking a diverting path that turned him broadside at about 20 yards, and at that point I took my shot!
He ran up over the ridge and slowly walked out of site but I knew I had a good shot on him. I waited about 1 hour before getting down out of the tree stand and went and found him about 50 yards total from where he was standing when I pulled the trigger! Once I started field dressing the deer I noticed he had been shot before. He had another bullet hole (really low on his stomach) that had started to heal over, I assume it took place during the rifle season a couple of weeks before.
He isn’t the biggest buck in the world but for being on highly pressured public land I was not at all disappointed! After I started dragging the deer back to the truck it started snowing, big heavy flakes, kind of a cool scene to be apart of.
Every year my dad, brother and I plan a guys fishing weekend were we can get away for a few days. We always find a weekend in the fall where we can get out of town, rent a cabin, fish and grill some good food! This year we had attempted to go to a lake in Missouri but found out a few months in advance that there was a large tournament being held the same weekend we were planning to go, so we decided to try something different. We had been to Long Pine about 20 years ago when we were little kids but hadn’t been since. My dad is coming off a recent trip to Colorado where he fished the Arkansas river and had a guided tour teach him about fly fishing.
We got up to our cabin Friday right around sunset and only had enough time to take the hiking path down to the stream to see what we would be fishing the next day. We then spent the rest of the night watching a movie and eating food.
The next morning my brother and I got up to our dad cooking a good breakfast, then the three of us loaded up and walked down to the stream to try our luck. We started all fishing by each other and trying to stay relatively close so we could talk and have a good time but the stream was a little small for three people so we eventually split up and fished on our own.
We tried anything from dry flies, wet flies, spinners and worms. The fishing started off pretty slow, the water was extremely clear so we could see a few trout swimming around us in the water but it took a little while before we caught one. The fishing was actually pretty slow, we did catch fish but never really found a consistent pattern and they were pretty spread apart in times of catch as well. Most of the fish came on a dry fly, floating it down the stream over parts of the stream that had bigger gravel bottoms.
We fished Sat morning and afternoon and then a little bit on Sunday and ended with about 10 fish. All were pretty small (around 7-10 inches). But we did catch both species, brown and rainbow. There were a few times that we did spot some rather large trout either cruising by or avoiding the current behind a rock but could never entice the larger ones to bite.
We had a great time getting out with each other and spending some time together. Fly fishing is definitely a type of fishing that is growing on me and i’m intrigued by!
Ranking: 5 star
The cabins were nice and it was a short walk to the river. We did catch a few fish and heard of people that were catching a lot of larger ones just a couple days before we got there. Beautiful scenery tucked deep into the sandhills of Nebraska. Definitely a place I would recommend visiting.
October 1st 2016
As fall starts to come in my dad and I wanted to take the boat out another time or two. I was already going to be in Lincoln for tailgating at the Husker game, so we decided to get up really early and hit a close lake to find some fish. As we pulled up there was a very heavy fog around the lake that didn’t lift for quite some time.
We started by fishing the first two piers nearest to the boat ramp. Within he first 20-30 minutes my dad had caught one small bass on a senko, I caught one on a crank bait off of the rocks. Although we had caught a few fish we weren’t getting other bites or catching other fish so we decided to move on. We then headed towards the north side of the lake and fished a few of the rock jetties and the flooded timber that was up there. Without any luck we decided to move back towards the south side of the lake.
We fished all along the southwest corner of the lake and along the dam without any additional luck. We threw everything at them, from spinner baits, crank baits, plastic worms, senko’s etc. Nothing seemed to entice another bite. We finished the day fishing around the cove the boat ramp is in since we had recently had luck there around the vegetation… still nothing. So since we had a football game to watch, we decided to pack up and head out and try another day!
Although today was still tough I love the lake and would definitely recommend it to friends.
Lake Ranking: 5 star
Today was slow but I have caught a lot of fish here over the years and I think that will continue. Plus the park area is a really great place to camp or take the family.
My dad and I had plenty of time this morning to head out and fish and we had not yet been to Burchard since they reopened the lake. First off I want to say the renovations were great! boat ramp and rock yetties were awesome, water quality was good and the lake looked healthy.
We started by fishing on the point just across the lake from the boat ramp. We initially were throwing spinner baits and a few soft plastics without much luck. But after moving about 100 yards down the shoreline we hit a spot that got a little bit deeper and a had some submerged piles of trees to fish around. My dad started catching a few on a Senko and I switched to a Crank Bait and started getting hits as well! For the most part we caught a bunch of 12 inch fish, nothing big but still fun to catch.
As we worked around the point in the middle of the lake my dad hooked into a really nice 3 1/2 pound largemouth! I also caught a few different types of fish on my crankbait. I caught a really nice crappie and flathead catfish (pictured below). The weather was great and we caught plenty of fish! Definitely worth the short drive down to the lake. All in all for the day we ended up with about 16-20 bass a few sunfish, a catfish, and a crappie! Pretty productive for just a couple of hours.
Lake Ranking: 5 Star
This was one of my favorite lakes before they did the renovations and it definitely maintained the good points of the lake while adding better accessibility to it. I would recommend this lake to anyone who was willing to take a short drive or who wanted to camp out in the country.
Today was a perfect day to hit the lake! It was around 80 degrees with a slight breeze. I haven’t been to Cunningham yet this year and I know it has some good fish so I decided to stay close to home and try it out.
I started fishing just to the east of the dock around the rocks on the shoreline. I didn’t get much success until I got to the camping/fishing piers and there was a tree and stump that was sitting in about 8 feet of water. I threw a plastic worm around the stump and immediately pulled one 13 inch bass from the tree. I ended up pulling 3 bass off this stump and decided I had found a pattern. So after I felt that i had caught all of the fish off of this stump I decided to try and find other places to fish wood on the lake.
I know there is a bunch of half sunken brush piles on the west side of the lake so I made the trip to it. When I got to them I started throwing the worm and also a pig and jig to the brush piles. My pattern turned out to be correct and I caught them on this pattern for the next hour! I finished with 8 or 9 bass. But the fun part of my day came when i pitched my jig to a big brush pile and i saw the tree move and the water swirl. By the time I could catch up to my line the fish was already running away and the fight was on! Once i got the fish in it was 20 inch 4 pound bass! It was a really good cap to a nice day fishing!
Lake Ranking: 5 star
I’m pretty sure I’ve ranked this lake lower in the past but as i continue to go to this lake I find good underwater structure that I like and I catch good fish. I’ve caught a 5 pounder here before and today caught a 4. Its a bit surprising for such a popular lake. But I definitely recommend it for anyone who is patient enough to find the patterns and catch fish!
My dad and I had been planning to go fishing on this day all week. As the time got closer we checked the weather and noticed it started calling for a rainy day.. Kinda of bummed but it looked like the temperature was still supposed to be decent and it looked like rain only, not to much wind or any lightning. So we decided to pack up our rain suites and give it a go anyways.
We started by fishing the trees and rock jetties around the south side of the lake. The water was pretty clear and even though it was raining we thought we should get into some fish. After fishing for a while with little to no bites we decided to switch it up and we headed north of the walking path.
We noticed immediately after going under the bridge that the water on the north side was much dirtier than the south. But as we started fishing the trees right by the channel on the North side my dad hooked into a nice bass! We switched up our presentations to slower plastics and started catching fish. All of the bass were 2-3 lbs and seemed to be good healthy fish. I also hooked into a large Northern Pike that was a blast to catch.
We still weren’t catching fish like crazy but we had found 4-5 and had some fun catching um. After a while we became tired of the rain and decided to call it a day. Even though the weather wasn’t the greatest Wanahoo never seems to disappoint!
Lake Ranking: 5 star
Even in rainy windy conditions it may have taken us a while to find fish but we did find them and found some quality fish at that. I would recommend Wanahoo to anyone looking to find a good number a fish and some of quality too!
I recently had the opportunity to visit my sister in Denver and we decided to make a fun weekend of it while we had a few days. We had a lot of fun this weekend at baseball games and golfing but #1 on my list was when her and Nick took me up to Winter Park for a few days and we had the opportunity to go fly fishing in the mountains!
We stopped by a fly shop in Denver to pick up supplies and also another one in Winter Park to learn of some of the places to go to find the fish. I have used a fly rod before but just to catch sunfish and bluegill around Nebraska. Sharee and Nick had not fly fished before but had plenty of experience fishing with a spinning rod.
Once we had gathered the proper equipment and decided on a location we headed a couple of miles west of Winter Park and started hiking in towards the river. The guide had told us at this particular location that there was a lot of smaller trout but not many of real size. He had also said that the river was higher than normal due to some recent rains and all the snow they received winter. We had never fished it before so we had no idea but we quickly learned what he was talking about. The water was moving very quickly and since we had no experience fly fishing we had a hard time keeping our fly’s in the areas we thought the fish would be. We stayed on this part of the river and hiked up a little more for an hour or so without getting a bite so we decided to go to another location.
This second spot was further into the mountains and was a little more scenic! The creek we were fishing was much smaller and more shallow than the river we just came from. After a while we happened onto some deep pockets in the river and started getting bites from some really small brook trout. Honestly the size didn’t matter we were just excited to have found the fish and start catching a few! We only caught a few and none were of any significant size but we had a great time!
The pictures and the experience was worth the time and effort. If I were to do it again I would pay for a guide so that we would have more knowledge and skill to help us find the fish but we still had a great time! Most of these pictures are ones Nick took while we fished and he got some really good ones. Enjoy!
6\12\16 Summit Lake
Today I knew the temperature would be the hottest it had been so far this year and I wanted to get up early and try to do some top water fishing!
One of my favorite lakes for top water if Summit, I like it because it has a lot vegetation and a variety of different shorelines to fish. I got up really early to beat the heat. I was at the lake and just getting on the water around sunrise so I was able to get some good pictures!
The lake was very similar to the last time I fished it in that around the shore there was about 3-5 ft of clear water before the weeds started. So I started around the piers and threw a top water frog and immediately started catching nice 15-16″ bass. I fished two or three of the piers until the bite slowed a little bit.
Once it slowed down I switched to a plastic worm and threw to the same spots and started catching them again! It was a fast and fun morning, I only fished for a couple of hours before the temperature for into the high 80’s and I packed up. I caught around 15 fish and all were between 12-16 inches!
Lake ranking: 5 star
My dad and I had a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon and we hadn’t been out fishing together this year yet. One of our favorite places to go is Wagon Train down by Hickman NE. When we got to the lake we were pretty surprised that the water was actually pretty clear.
We started fishing right by the ramp and within our first couple of casts I had caught a nice sized Crappie and my dad had caught a bass. We thought it was going to be a great day where we would catch a lot of fish! But as soon as we got the first rock pier the bites slowed way down.
We fished all along the first two piers and then skipped up the lake to the north side where there are sunken trees. Then back down to the southwest side and fished around two more rock piers. We not only didn’t catch a fish during this time but hadn’t even gotten another convincing bite.
So we decided to skip back to the areas where we started and fish the weed lines in the cove near the boat ramp. As soon as we got back there we tied on topwater frogs and within the first few casts caught a 2lb bass! We stuck with this pattern for the next hour and caught a lot of bass, I honestly forgot count. We kept tossing the frogs far back into the matted weeds and pulling it over the open holes and they were attacking the frogs. It was really exciting and the water was clear enough we could see the fish come out of the holes and hit the baits.
Definitely a fun day when you can catch fish like that especially during the afternoon like that!
Lake Ranking: 5 Star