Each fall we have started to do a father and sons fishing trip and we chose this weekend for our adventure this year. For these trips we usually like to get out of town a couple of hours to a place we can stay and have a couple of good days of fishing. We originally chose to go to Mozingo in Maryville MO but after looking through fishing reports we found there was a Bass tournament that held approximately 25 -30 boats so we decided a week before the trip to change it up. Non of us had ever been up to Yankton to fish Lewis and Clark Lake but it was very intriguing with the types of fish and size of the lake that we decided to go there.
The weather was supposed to be chilly all weekend but not very windy. However we quickly found out that on the main lake with a wind coming directly from the east that the waves could get very large! We found a ramp on the southwest side of the lake that was tucked out of the wind a little bit and had some rock jetties that we could fish around.
On Saturday we started we started at this ramp and quickly started catching some smallmouth around the rocks! The first fish we caught was a 2.5 lb smallmouth on a spinner bait. We stayed in this little area near the ramp a lot for two reasons, one we were out of the wind and protected and two we were catching fish! We tried throwing all sorts of lures but the one that seemed to work the best was shad colored deep diving crank bait. It had to be in constant contact with the bottom to get the bites and so much so that we continually got it caught in the rocks and had to retrieve the lure! So on Day one we caught about 4-5 bass 1 Norther pike and one Stripper!
The next day we decided to try the river south of the dam. After about an hour of fighting the current and hitting two sand bars we decided to pull the boat out and go back to the main lake. On the main lake again we caught a few more bass and Northern pike fishing the same pattern as the day before.. Deep diving crankbaits around whatever rocks we could find.
This is a lake a I definitely want to visit again but i would want to spend a lot of time just driving around the lake and looking at depths and structures to decide where and how to fish. If is a great lake with a lot of opportunity but I feel like in order to really be successful you would need to know that lake well. This post is picture heavy but enjoy it because we caught some good fish!
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.