Some of my friends wanted to do a picnic and take the dogs to the dog park at Walnut Creek today so of course if I was at the lake I was going to do a little fishing!
By the time we were done with the picnic I only had a short time to fish but made the best of it. This lake has such a defined creek channel with a lot of standing trees that are always temping to fish. So I started there, fishing a crank bait, pig and jig, and a few other soft plastics around the trees with not luck.
I quickly moved to fishing around the Island on the west side of the lake. Most of the shoreline around the lake has really thick matted vegitation but around this island. I positioned my boat on the side that was protected from the wind and I cast a crank bait out into the windy current and let it bang the rocks on its way back to me. I immediately started catching fish! All were pretty small but they were aggressive and fun! I caught about 8 this way before I had to start moving back towards the ramp so i didn’t get stuck out in the dark.
I caught one or two more on my way back. I even tried jiggin in the trees for a few minutes trying to catch crappie without any luck. But for how short the trip was I couldn’t complain about 8-10 bass even if they were small.
Lake Ranking: 4 star
This lake always makes me think I could catch a big one on any cast but I have yet to do it! There is plenty of structure to fish and there are fish in there but from my experience they are fairly small.
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.