Category Archives: Missouri River

Catfish on the Missouri

June 27

Had a few hours after work today and I tried to get out to the river to see if I could catch a few cats.  Also I’ve got a bass or two on the river and always have to cast a little bit for them as well.

I parked at Dodge park and walked on that bike path a little bit south until I found a place to stop.  I cast out my line with live worms on it and while I was letting it sit I tied on a crank bait to throw around the rock pier. I never did get a bite on any of the lures that I threw for bass but I wasn’t really surprised by that.

The river is always a great place to relax. Especially during the week, there very little boats that drive buy at this time and its a great place to escape the city even when you are so close to it! After a couple minutes I did catch into a decent little catfish.  Decided not to keep him as he was a little on the small side. I did hook into another really small cat that once it bite I wasn’t sure if it was even still there or not!

The one really interesting thing about my trip was the big fish I caught.  It just started running with my line and as soon as I picked it up I could tell it was something big.  Its not very common that I catch a fish that I’m not sure what species it is but I’ll be honest I’m still unsure what this one was.  If anyone reading this knows feel free to message me.  It was big fish and fun to catch but that pretty much put an end to my night.

The sun was setting so I packed up and headed out.  The river is always fun, its exciting to never know what might be biting your line at any moment. Once I get a larger boat I’ll be exploring the river even more.

May 16th 2015, Lake Sharpe, Pierre SD

Made the trip up this weekend to visit some friends in South Dakota and Nate took me out to the lake to try for walleye.  I have never been fishing exclusively for walleye before and new this would be a new experience! 

We got out to the lake early and were trying to beat some storms that were supposed to come that afternoon. When we got to the lake it was very windy and there were large waves beating the shore.  But in his ranger deep v boat we had no problems cutting right through them. 

Once we got to our first spot we started trying to run spinners over the flats.  But immediately we noticed some issues with the telling motor and the front fish finder.  After a free minutes of trying to find the problem we decided to move on and try to troll crank baits along the drop off points and ledges and then along weedlines near the shore.  We did this for an hour or two without even a strike so we tried a few minutes for small mouth bass but without the telling motor this was difficult too.

Since we didn’t have much luck at the lake Nate took me to a private bass pond out at Eagle Pass Ranch since we were determined to catch fish.  At this pond we caught tons of 2lb bass on a worm and chatter bait and had a lot of fun.

I definitely want to come back some  time and try the lake again. It was beautiful and all the reports said that the walleye and small mouth fishing was going well.

Lake ranking: 4 star
The only reason I didn’t rank it a 5 was that we couldn’t find the fish, I definitely want to try it again!

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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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