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!
Who: Me and Kirra
Where: Lake Cunningham, Omaha NE
When: April 6th 2014
Weather: Windy, 60-65 degrees, cloudy
Boat Type: 14ft Jon Boat
Today was still pretty early in the season, especially for Nebraska. But I had started to hear reports of some others catching fish and couldn’t stay away. Today is a Sunday and I only a few hours late in the afternoon so I stayed close to home and decided to head towards cunningham. I have always caught fish there but they were all fairly small but today I would take any fish since this was my first time out this year.
The wind was preventing me from staying in any spot for long unless I threw the anchor out. I headed towards the west side of the lake and was trying to get back in some coves to get out of the wind. In one of those coves I drifted across a big ledge where the depth went from 2ft-10ft very quickly. On this ledge there were also some laid down trees sitting around the 8ft range. I was using a variety of lures included a bass jig, a heavy double Colorado blade spinner bait, and a beaver tail grub. But at this spot I used a Rat-l-trap in the fire tiger colors.
I was anchored below the drop and casting up into the shallows and bringing it slowly over the ridge. On one cast I felt a small tick and set the hook. Immediately I could tell the fish on the other end was big! It was pulling the drag on my line and when it came near the top and I saw its side flash in the light I immediately reached for my net. The first fish I landed for the year was a 19 ½ inch Largemouth Bass that was pregnant with a big belly of eggs. It was around a 5 pound fish with its mass and healthy as could be. What a way to start the year.
Unfortunately that was the only bite I got all day. But the trip was worth every second to start my year off with a fish like that. Both pictures below are of the fish and a few of my brothers dog Kirra who joined me. Enjoy the pictures!
Overall Ranking: 5 Star
Great boat ramp and hiking trails. Good fishing and the lake has great depth, structure and size. For being so close to Omaha I was surprised it was not really busy, but the only down side is all the carp and bullhead in the lake.
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.