Today I had a few hours after I got off work and had planned on going fishing all week. I was a little concerned because there were storms coming this evening but they seemed to be heading around the metro area so I figured I would head out and if things looked like they were getting bad then I could always get off the water. It made for some great pictures though when there were storms to the north and south of the lake and I was stuck in the calm spot right in the middle.
I started off by fishing around the flooded trees on the south side where I have caught fish before and and didn’t even get a bite. I didn’t stay around there long before switching to the bank on the north side and along the dam. I had caught one bass at this point but hadn’t really determined any kind of pattern. That is until I was casting a heavy pig and jig next to a log on the shorline and didn’t find anything next to the log but as soon as I hit the grassline about 3-5 feet off of the bank and tried to rip the jig out of the grass I got bit. I ended up catching 3 fish pretty quickly with this same pattern. I would cast the jig close to the shore line and as soon as I would start to hit the submerged grasses I would give it a hard rip out of the weeds and the bass were smacking it as soon as it came loose.
I fished all the way down the dam and on the east side of the lake and ended up catching about 7-8 bass of decent size before it started to get too dark and I got off the lake! Although I did witness something unusual today, as I fished near the apartment complex on the east side and got to see a young man propose to his girlfriend! I took a quick picture but he did a good job and she said yes! it was pretty fun to witness.
Lake Ranking: 4 star
I rank this lake a four star only because the size of the fish are not very big. I like the lake and can catch plenty of fish. It is in a great location and is well built. If you only have a couple of hours or if your are taking a kid fishing this lake would be a great place to go.
Where: Lawrence Youngman, Omaha Ne
When: june 18th
Weather: 90 and Windy
Today was going to be a hot day and we had some plans in the afternoon so I got up really early and hit up Lawrence Youngman around sunrise. I shot straight up for the timber and weeds on the south side of the lake. And tried a buzzbait and frog with a few hits but no fish caught. So I switched to a spinnerbait and a senko with a small weight so it sank slowly.
I caught a lot of fish early with the soft plastics. All the fish seemed healthy and well fed (you can see a frogs legs sticking out of ones belly in a picture below). I went as far back into the creek as a I could and then also fished some weedlines along the main lake and along the dam. All locations produced some fish but all the fish were pretty small around 12-13 inches. So nothing special as far as size goes but when you can catch 12-15 fish in a matter of a few hours it makes a fun morning.
This lake would be a great place to take kids or anyone new to fishing for a great time catching a lot of fish. I would highly recommend anyone in Omaha try this lake out. But make sure to come prepared for the weeds. All of the shore lines are lined with about 15 ft of vegetation so it is easily accessed by a boat.
Enjoy the pictures!
Overall Ranking: 5 Star
This is a fun lake right in the middle of the Omaha area. good boat ramp, fishing docks, hiking trails and parks. Iam able to catch a lot of fish and the water clarity was good. Also plenty of different kinds of structure to fish around. the only down side is the fish all seemed to be small.