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Fun with Fish and Frogs, Timber Point

So a friend and I decided to go hit up Timber Point, its a small little lake tucked up in the hills and unless you know someone or really do your research most people don’t know about it.  It does have a cement ramp and a dock but it is a relatively small lake.  The depth in the lake is good and they have all kinds of species in there (including Musky).

We started by fishing the cover to the west side of the lake without much luck, the water was calmer and easier to control out small boat and kayak but were eventually forced to search out the rest of the lake.

There are some submerged trees on the east side of the lake that boarder some deeper water and today the wind was blowing into the bank so I was hoping it would be an active spot.  With only catching one fish there we moved on and fished the rest of the cove and a then also the southside where the creek joins the lake. We had pulled out two fish so far but it was pretty slow going.

So I decided to go back and fish the submerged trees again but his time i downsized and slowed down a lot.  I broke out my spinning rod with lighter line, a 1/4 oz weight and a senko rigged texas style. But to make the profile even smaller i cut the senko in half before putting in on the hook. I started catching a few fish but the bite was strange. I wouldn’t feel them strike or any kind of hard thump, it was just that when I went to pick it up there was a weight at the end of the line!

I caught 5 fish doing this before we decided to stop for the day. I really like this lake and even though the fishing was slow it was worth it for the views and the quality of fish I did catch.

Lake Ranking 5 star:  I definitely enjoy this lake and plan to keep coming back, I did have one musky following one of my lures and I cant wait to snag one of those monsters!

Sunrise with Dad!

June 1st 2017

My dad had originally planned a knee replacement this last winter so that we would have plenty of time to fish in the spring and summer, but then later on in the spring he needed a quick hip replacement.  It was a big bummer, but now he was started to get better from the surgeries and we had to get out with the boat!  Its also starting to get hot so we decided to get up really early and hit the lake at sunrise.

We got out there in perfect time and got to see a gorgeous sunrise while starting to fish.  Some great pictures come with everyone else is still sleeping!

We caught a bass or two around the pier before trying the drop off near the campgrounds.  but the shallow spots were very unproductive.  So we decided to head for the channel and fish around some deeper timber.  We stayed on the south side of the lake and found the channel.  It took a few minutes but we did find the fish there.  My dad was fishing the Ned Rig and I was fishing a Pig and Jig.  We found the fish by throwing out baits in deeper pockets (8-10 feet deep) and in the thick part of the brush piles and deep into the trees. The bites were a little soft and hard to recognize.  Often they were just there and we would feel the weight of them on the line.  Once they were hooked they were also tough to get to the boat because we were having to fish so deep in the wood piles that they would often wrap around branches or stick us in trees. We caught quite a few doing this and had even more bites that we missed.

After the bit slowed down a little we left and went to try some of the grass spots on the eastern side of the lake but had very little luck there.

Eventually we made it back to where we had caught fish earlier in the day and continued to catch quality fish.  It was fun to catch fish but it was just as good to be back on the water with my dad. We will be fishing a lot more the rest of this summer to make up for missing some earlier spring trips!

Lake Ranking: 5 star

This lake is always good for catching fish and usually good quality fish.  Always recommend it for people looking to catch good fish that is close to Omaha or Lincoln.

Red Tail Bass at Wanahoo

June 3rd 2017

Decided to get out a little early today but apparently it wasn’t early enough!  I got to the lake and noticed a lot of trailers in the parking lot, a lot of big boats, wrapped trucks and sponsored boats.. definitely a local tournament going on at the lake today.  That’s OK though, with my small boat I can easily get into places a lot of the bigger boats can’t reach.

I started off fishing the pier by the ramp and then moved onto the shallow grass just to the north of it.  I did catch a green sunfish pretty quickly and then hooked into a small pike off of the pier which is always a good time!

After fishing around some of the bigger boats I decided to head for more difficult waters.  I went under the bridge and back around to the back side (west side) of the island.  Here even in my little boat my trolling motor was kicking up mud and I was pumping into trees and stumps, but it was worth it!  I love this little spot though, its hard to get to and most big boats can’t even touch it.  Sometimes working hard and getting to not well known places pays huge dividends!

I started throwing a bass jig and trailer as well as square bill crank bait that didn’t have a rattle.  Both turned out to be golden! I started catching multiple bass all 2 pounds or better, the biggest was just barely over 4!  The interesting thing about it was that all of the bass and even the pike I caught all had red fins and tails! Very unique.  The fishing were crushing the lures and I often had to use pliers to get the lures from deep within the fish’s mouth.

After fishing around the island and catching around 7 or 8 bass, all 15+ inches I decided to move on and try fishing around some of the other trees without much luck.

Once I was done fishing I talked with someone I knew who was in the tournament a few days later and they said they had caught a few smaller fish but only had one that they checked in for the tournament.  I don’t know what the winning weights were but I think I would have had 5 by myself that would have done well.  So that made me feel pretty good!

Lake Ranking: 5 Star

This lake always produces good fish. Even during a tournament day I was able to pull off a pretty good bag of fish.  Its a great place to catch big fish and a lot of numbers of fish.  It’s a busy lake but still big enough for everyone!

Fish on Frogs, Summit Lake

May 7th 2017

I didn’t wake up as early this morning to go fishing as I would like.  I was supposed to go with a friend and waiting for their response before deciding to just go anyways.  So I didn’t make it to the lake until around 11am.  I knew the weather was calling for a windy day so I was hoping I could beat some of that weather.   Summit lake is known for having clear water and a lot of vegetation and it looks like this year will be no different.

The first thing I notice when I got to the lake was that the crappie spawn was in full swing.  They were hanging out all over the rocks in just a few feet of water and clearly visible to the eye.  And there were tons of them but of course they were not easy to convince to bite!

This lake is somewhat unique as the majority of the shoreline of the lake is rock or gravel but the base of the lake is dirt and mud.  So the vegetation grows in strong and thick but it doesn’t generally cover the first 3-6 feet of the bank.  So I started with a technique I have used here in the past and that was throwing a Horny Toad up to or even onto the bank and pulling it off.  I could run it straight or quickly jerk it.  But either way the bass were as predictable as always, they were sitting in that gap from the bank to the weeds and as soon as that bait pulled off the rocks they were in a hurry to come smack it before it got away in the thick weeds.

I caught 4 bass on the first side of the first pier right by the boat ramp doing this.  None were of any significant size but it’s still a blast watching them explode on a top water.  I did this around 2-3 more piers each holding bass before I decided to take a trip to the south side of the lake where the creek enters.  I know its shallow up there but I was hoping to get into some dirtier water and maybe flip some stumps and catch a few bigger ones.  Unfortunately the water was extremely muddy up there and had basically zero visibility.  I did manage one nicer fish on a spinner bait up there.

The wind started to pick back up so I let it carry me back towards the boat ramp as I threw a spinner bait around some deeper water and managed one or two more fish. It was a short trip but a productive one.

Lake Ranking: 5 star

I love summit, it has many different kinds of species and all have pretty good populations and size.  If you like to fish rocks, grass, cat tails, deep or shallow it has it all and the game and parks do a great job keeping the lake looking nice. I definitely recommend.

Windy day at Wagon Train

April 23rd 2017

My dad and I had not been able to go out fishing yet this year so we took a little trip to one of our favorite lakes near Lincoln. Even though it is one of the most popular lakes we still seem to find good bass just about every time we go.

As usual we started fishing near the boat ramp and around the two rock jetties that are close by.  Initially we were surprised by the water clarity.  A lot of the time we fish this lake we are fishing pretty stained water.  I was throwing a spinner bait, crank bait and occasionally a jig while my dad was throwing a senko and a spinner bait.

Near of the end of the first jetty I caught a nice 3.14 bass! It absolutely crushed my crank bait and had it all the way down its throat.  A good fight and a beautiful looking fish.  Then as we switched to the other jetty my dad caught a nice bass on his senko.  We thought the day would continue to go as planned but then the wind picked up..

We ended up fishing all the other rock points in the lake without a bite before switching to the north side where we tried to fish the sunken trees but were unable to keep the boat in good position or cast very well as the wind was so strong.  So we ended up going to the dam where again we didn’t get bit.

After a couple hours and only the two fish we called it a day. But any day you can catch a 3+ pound bass is a good day!

Lake Ranking: 5 Star

Even though the conditions affected us quite a bit we still managed a few fish and had a good time. This lake gets a lot of traffic but still produces really nice fish, I highly recommend it for people in the Lincoln area.

Gzechland Crappie 4/9/17

Well this winter I bought a new boat and had to try it out!  So today I took my friend Hannah with me to Gzechland Lake near Prague.  I have been hearing for a few weeks that the crappie were biting and I’d love to put a few in my freezer.

The day was a perfect day, sunny and about 75 with a little breeze!  At the lake there were quite of few people fishing from shore and 2-3 boats but that was ok because I wanted to fish the trees near the channel on the west side of the lake.  I have prepared a few poles and taken some worms with us to help catch some fish.

After getting in place and setting the anchor near a few trees in the 5-6 foot depth, I got Hannah rigged up and fishing first.  We were fishing with a slip bobber and a crappie jig with a small piece of worm for scent.  But on my first cast I caught a beautiful 13 inch Crappie!  I had heard there were nice crappie in this lake but I usually target bass and hadn’t caught one yet from it.  I was really excited and expecting to have a great afternoon fishing.

Unfortunately even though we had a great time on the water that was the only fish we caught that afternoon.  We both missed 1 or 2 bites before it got dark and we headed home.  Still had at least one decent fillet though!

Lake Ranking: 5 Star

I have caught plenty of bass in this lake in the past and now was excited to catch a good crappie too.  I did watch someone else fishing small spinners and other moving baits as i was loading up the boat and they caught three smaller crappie pretty quickly.. guess i was just using the wrong bait and too stubborn to switch! whoops!

Fish on the Fly, Long Pine NE 10/8/16

Every year my dad, brother and I plan a guys fishing weekend were we can get away for a few days.  We always find a weekend in the fall where we can get out of town, rent a cabin, fish and grill some good food!  This year we had attempted to go to a lake in Missouri but found out a few months in advance that there was a large tournament being held the same weekend we were planning to go, so we decided to try something different.  We had been to Long Pine about 20 years ago when we were little kids but hadn’t been since.  My dad is coming off a recent trip to Colorado where he fished the Arkansas river and had a guided tour teach him about fly fishing.

We got up to our cabin Friday right around sunset and only had enough time to take the hiking path down to the stream to see what we would be fishing the next day.  We then spent the rest of the night watching a movie and eating food.

The next morning my brother and I got up to our dad cooking a good breakfast, then the three of us loaded up and walked down to the stream to try our luck.  We started all fishing by each other and trying to stay relatively close so we could talk and have a good time but the stream was a little small for three people so we eventually split up and fished on our own.

We tried anything from dry flies, wet flies, spinners and worms.  The fishing started off pretty slow, the water was extremely clear so we could see a few trout swimming around us in the water but it took a little while before we caught one.  The fishing was actually pretty slow, we did catch fish but never really found a consistent pattern and they were pretty spread apart in times of catch as well.  Most of the fish came on a dry fly, floating it down the stream over parts of the stream that had bigger gravel bottoms.

We fished Sat morning and afternoon and then a little bit on Sunday and ended with about 10 fish.  All were pretty small (around 7-10 inches).  But we did catch both species, brown and rainbow.  There were a few times that we did spot some rather large trout either cruising by or avoiding the current behind a rock but could never entice the larger ones to bite.

We had a great time getting out with each other and spending some time together.  Fly fishing is definitely a type of fishing that is growing on me and i’m intrigued by!

Ranking: 5 star

The cabins were nice and it was a short walk to the river.  We did catch a few fish and heard of people that were catching a lot of larger ones just a couple days before we got there.  Beautiful scenery tucked deep into the sandhills of Nebraska.  Definitely a place I would recommend visiting.

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Foggy Morning At Wagon Train

October 1st 2016

As fall starts to come in my dad and I wanted to take the boat out another time or two.  I was already going to be in Lincoln for tailgating at the Husker game, so we decided to get up really early and hit a close lake to find some fish.  As we pulled up there was a very heavy fog around the lake that didn’t lift for quite some time.

We started by fishing the first two piers nearest to the boat ramp. Within he first 20-30 minutes my dad had caught one small bass on a senko, I caught one on a crank bait off of the rocks.  Although we had caught a few fish we weren’t getting other bites or catching other fish so we decided to move on.  We then headed towards the north side of the lake and fished a few of the rock jetties and the flooded timber that was up there.  Without any luck we decided to move back towards the south side of the lake.

We fished all along the southwest corner of the lake and along the dam without any additional luck.  We threw everything at them, from spinner baits, crank baits, plastic worms, senko’s etc.  Nothing seemed to entice another bite.  We finished the day fishing around the cove the boat ramp is in since we had recently had luck there around the vegetation… still nothing.  So since we had a football game to watch, we decided to pack up and head out and try another day!

Although today was still tough I love the lake and would definitely recommend it to friends.

Lake Ranking: 5 star

Today was slow but I have caught a lot of fish here over the years and I think that will continue. Plus the park area is a really great place to camp or take the family.

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Beautiful day at Burchard 8/27/16

My dad and I had plenty of time this morning to head out and fish and we had not yet been to Burchard since they reopened the lake.  First off I want to say the renovations were great! boat ramp and rock yetties were awesome, water quality was good and the lake looked healthy.

We started by fishing on the point just across the lake from the boat ramp.  We initially were throwing spinner baits and a few soft plastics without much luck.  But after moving about 100 yards down the shoreline we hit a spot that got a little bit deeper and a had some submerged piles of trees to fish around. My dad started catching a few on a Senko and I switched to a Crank Bait and started getting hits as well! For the most part we caught a bunch of 12 inch fish, nothing big but still fun to catch.

As we worked around the point in the middle of the lake my dad hooked into a really nice 3 1/2 pound largemouth! I also caught a few different types of fish on my crankbait.  I caught a really nice crappie and flathead catfish (pictured below).  The weather was great and we caught plenty of fish!  Definitely worth the short drive down to the lake.  All in all for the day we ended up with about 16-20 bass a few sunfish, a catfish, and a crappie!  Pretty productive for just a couple of hours.

Lake Ranking: 5 Star

This was one of my favorite lakes before they did the renovations and it definitely maintained the good points of the lake while adding better accessibility to it.  I would recommend this lake to anyone who was willing to take a short drive or who wanted to camp out in the country.unnamed-1 unnamed-2 unnamed-3 unnamed-4 unnamed-5 unnamed-6 unnamed-7 unnamed

Beat the Heat!

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Today I knew the temperature would be the hottest it had been so far this year and I wanted to get up early and try to do some top water fishing!

One of my favorite lakes for top water if Summit, I like it because it has a lot vegetation and a variety of different shorelines to fish. I got up really early to beat the heat.  I was at the lake and just getting on the water around sunrise so I was able to get some good pictures!

The lake was very similar to the last time I fished it in that around the shore there was about 3-5 ft of clear water before the weeds started. So I started around the piers and threw a top water frog and immediately started catching nice 15-16″ bass. I fished two or three of the piers until the bite slowed a little bit.

Once it slowed down I switched to a plastic worm and threw to the same spots and started catching them again! It was a fast and fun morning, I only fished for a couple of hours before the temperature for into the high 80’s and I packed up.  I caught around 15 fish and all were between 12-16 inches!

Lake ranking: 5 star 

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