One of my favorite places to fish is Middle Decatur Bend. I go out there because of the fish diversity and also because it is a relatively unknown place to fish. It is an oxbow lake off of the Missouri River about an hour north of Omaha. For the most part the lake is shallow (less than 5 feet) but on both the east and west sides by the tall log pilings it does get to 8-10 feet deep and some spots even a little more.
I started the day throwing spinner baits and a plastic worm around the wood on the west side. I fished for a couple hundred of feel and didn’t get a bite so I skipped further down the line and tried at deeper spot and didn’t get any bites.
The canal leading to the river must have been all the way through because I saw 2 different boats come through and then leave. But as I was near the canal I saw and heard some fish in the shallow grasses. As I got closer I realized they were mostly carp with a few gar but usually where some fish are the others will follow.
I started throwing a white spinner bait around the grasses and cat tails. I caught two gar right off the bat, they are nasty creatures but there were plenty around to catch. I shortly after caught two small large mouth bass. It was nice to catch the fish I had been looking through, although I was a little disappointed I didn’t catch any Walleye or Northern Pike. Still a fun place to go and I will definitely go back!
Lake Ranking: 4 star
This lake is a lot of fun to go to, I really like it but it is a little difficult to figure out. I like being able to catch nice bass and northern pike but it might be a little better without the gar or all of the carp in the area.
Had a day off in the middle of the week and decided to head back to one of my most intriguing spots. I choose this spot one for the bass fishing and multiple other species and two because I wanted to do some scouting for deer season!
This was the first time I have fished this lake with a depth finder and to my surprise it actually gets pretty deep, in spots up to 18ft deep. Still see a lot of Asian carp and gar but today I actually didn’t find the bass like I had on my previous trips. But I did end up catching an 8lb channel cat on a spinner bait. Then finally one of my dreams came true and an Asian carp literally jumped into my boat! Pictures below.
Also found the necessary information I need for deer season! So even though I couldn’t find the bass or was still a fun day on the water!
Overall Ranking: 4 Star
This like is kind of a little gem, good fishing with multiple species. The view is great and its only an hour drive from the metro area. Overall fairly shallow and there are a lot of undesirable species as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.