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!
Where: Cunningham lake
Weather: 75 and sunny, no wind
Today was a slower day, I only had a few hours this morning so I stayed close to home and went to Cunningham. I got there right after sunrise and began the long trip across the lake. I stopped at some sunken trees on the northwest side and saw plenty of carp but no bass. So I skipped to the far north of the lake where they have the sunken rock pulled marked by the danger float buoys.
On the north side I did catch a few fish, 2 from the rock piles and two from tree logs. I caught the two by the rocks on a square bill crank bait and the two by the logs were caught on a plastic creature bait.
This lake seems to have tons of carp and small bass and occasionally you can hook into a pretty decent one or even a ppike. All in all its not too bad for a lake this close to Omaha and highly pressured as it is. Enjoy the pictures!
Overall Ranking: 4 Star
Great boat ramp and docks. The lake is good in size and depth and you can usually catch a few fish. For the most part the fish were smaller and the lake has a lot of undesirable fish like bullhead and carp.
Who: Brian Barry, My Brothers Lab “Kirra”
Where: Lake Cunningham, Omaha Ne
When: August 26th 2013, 6:30am-11am
Weather 95 Degrees, Sunny
Boat Type: 14ft flat bottom Jon Boat, trolling motor
Again today I brought Kirra with me and she loves getting out to the lake.
Since I had fished earlier this weekend and caught a good amount of fish I got to the lake really early this morning so that I could fish some topwater in the shallows. I was surprised how deep this lake gets, at some points my depth finder reached 19ft! But started on the east side of the lake where they have the rock jetties about 20 yards off shore and it was surrounded by sunken tree piles.
It was a little bit slower this morning and there were a lot of carp jumping around the lake but the bass were not interested in the topwater i was throwing at them. I tried to fish near the shore line and on the rock jetties with little luck besides a few missed the bites. So I moved out to the sunken trees sitting in about 5-7ft of water. I caught a few decent size bass off of these piles throwing a texas rigged black and red 8” worm.
Even though I had caught a few on these trees I decided to head back towards the ramp and fish around the docks. But once again the fish were hard to find and eventually I decided to call it a day when the temperature really started to rise. And again I did some fun water retrieves with Kirra and let her splash around for a while.
This is a place that I would definitely revisit and I would like to try it with more time so that I can try to catch some Northern Pike or Walleye! Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Overall Ranking: 5 Star
Great size of the lake with good depth and structure. The fishing here is good as long as you can avoid all the carp.