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Hoppin’ Frogs May 21st 2016

My dad and I had a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon and we hadn’t been out fishing together this year yet.  One of our favorite places to go is Wagon Train down by Hickman NE.  When we got to the lake we were pretty surprised that the water was actually pretty clear.

We started fishing right by the ramp and within our first couple of casts I had caught a nice sized Crappie and my dad had caught a bass.  We thought it was going to be a great day where we would catch a lot of fish!  But as soon as we got the first rock pier the bites slowed way down.

We fished all along the first two piers and then skipped up the lake to the north side where there are sunken trees.  Then back down to the southwest side and fished around two more rock piers.  We not only didn’t catch a fish during this time but hadn’t even gotten another convincing bite.

So we decided to skip back to the areas where we started and fish the weed lines in the cove near the boat ramp.  As soon as we got back there we tied on topwater frogs and within the first few casts caught a 2lb bass!  We stuck with this pattern for the next hour and caught a lot of bass, I honestly forgot count.  We kept tossing the frogs far back into the matted weeds and pulling it over the open holes and they were attacking the frogs.  It was really exciting and the water was clear enough we could see the fish come out of the holes and hit the baits.

Definitely a fun day when you can catch fish like that especially during the afternoon like that!

Lake Ranking: 5 Star

This lake is always fun to fish and it has lots of diverse opportunities to catch fish.  Whether its weeds, rock or trees there is always a way to find the fish here.0f91a776-9cf9-452f-b73e-6ee9d9208951 3d630a37-c991-4293-a8f8-b9396aa81168 6a099b7d-5316-4875-8dac-e4f39f79fbb8 8aef96cd-16f0-4f4d-98c0-1f73f0ca9da6 52a0b377-1c44-4cda-befb-78d588ceba8d 57c0aa99-c27a-4d33-925f-74df22d33233 168eec24-c367-4a8b-ab2a-b7561bf5a78d a2af44d3-31fb-4d7b-8a77-236893eacebd dcb63fc4-6011-473f-9b6b-ddbf9fa4cea0

Windy day at Wanahoo!

May 7th 2016

I hadn’t been out to Wanahoo yet this year so I had to make a trip! The water was high and kind of muddy because we had some recent storms.  Since my boat only has a trolling motor I always start fishing by pier closest to the ramp then move to the reeds and vegetation just north of the ramp.

Today the wind was strong enough that in order to stay in position with my Jon boat I had to anchor multiple times to avoid getting blown off my spot.  I had thrown all kinds of lures and hadn’t gotten bit after about an hour so I decided to move into the trees.

Here I found the channel and tried tying up to trees to help me stay in position.  While there I did get two bites, catching one of them. It was a nice bass just under 3 lbs that I caught on a shad colored crank bait. But even there I wasn’t finding the fish like I wanted to.

I moved all the way to the east side of the lake to try my best to get out of the wind and found a decent spot with what looked like good matted vegetation. I noticed frogs sitting on top but also some good open pockets in the grass, so I tied on a weightless 5″ senko and started throwing on top of the weeds.  Pretty quickly I had a nice bass hit it through the grass! One of the funnest ways to catch a fish! As I worked along the stretch of grass I caught two more fish all between 2-3lbs. The other two bit just as my lure hit the open spot and the bass ambushed it through the openings in the weeds. The grass line I found was in about 6 inches to a foot of water and was only about 100ft long.

It took me a little while to find and catch consistent fish but once I did it was a lot of fun!

Lake ranking: 5 star

Even when the fishing is slow or conditions are tough you can usually find some kind of fish here and they are healthy good sized fish. Also the lake is big enough to be busy and still have room for everyone

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March 6th 2016 Private Pond

As I was at my parents house watching some basketball and what better to do during halftime than try and catch some fishing at my parents private pond!  Most of our fishing equipment was still packed up for winter but we had a couple of poles that still had string and lures on it. So we just grabbed them and fished with whatever was on.

I had a a baitcaster with a spinnerbait and my dad had a spinning reel with a senko on it.  It didn’t take long before we both started catching fish! I think this might have been the earliest in the year that we had both caught a fish.  We didn’t fish too long but I think we both caught two nice healthy fish and then went back in to watch some basketball!  Who could ask for a better afternoon!

Enjoy the pictures.

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July 3rd 2015, Wagon train lake

Since both my dad and I had the day before the fourth off of work what better to do than go fishing? And neither had us had been to this lake while the weather was decent this year.

We were at the lake from around 10am-1pm and when we got to the lake the first thing we noticed was how muddy the water was! It looked as thick as chocolate milk and we weren’t sure how the fishing would be but we were going to try.

Once we launched we fished the dock piers right by the boat ramp and we were throwing soft plastics and spinner baits but with the water clarity we quickly made adjustments.  I switched to a bright yellow rattle trap that made a ton of noise, while my dad switched to really dark soft plastics and bass jigs.  I rolled the rattle trap slow enough to be bumping through every rock possible and the bass were picking out off the rocks.  You could hardly tell the difference between a rock and a fish except when you had a fish the line stayed heavy after the initial bump.  While I caught a lot of fish doing this they were all 12-15 inches so my dad had to show me how to catch the big ones!

He was fishing a dark jig and trailer a little deeper off the rock points and had a bunch of 2-3 lb fish hitting his line!  I started off up 5 fish to zero but he quickly caught up and passed me! I think we finished 8 fish (brian) to 12 fish (dad).  Not bad for a couple of hours and a lake that is close to home!

Lake ranking: 5 star
While the recent rains changed his the lake fished it doesn’t mean the fish aren’t there!  A little bit of fishing knowledge and experience goes a long way and if you can find a pattern on this lake then look out! There are a lot of fish and some of really good size, I highly recommend this lake to anyone.

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June 6th 2015 Private Pond

Today we had a family BBQ and since my parents own their own little private pond we grabbed some fishing poles and decided to have some fun. 

This pond is well stocked with bass and blue gill. By throwing crappie jigs and small senko worms we were able to catch lots of bass and bluegill in a short amount of time!  And the picture below with Krysta and her fish was great, there is nothing better than taking someone with you fishing!

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April 25th 2015, Wagontrain lake

We had this fishing trip planned for weeks, my dad had a trip the following weekend to Table Rock Lake and needed to try out his boat and motor before heading down there. 

Today was cold and rainy but we were determined to go and both of us had fancy new rain suites we wanted to try out.  We were the only boat on the water and with good reason.  The wind was strong and rain started falling as we got to the lake. 

We started fishing the cove right by the ramp without any success.  We then moved to the two fishing piers where I caught one nice bass on a baby brush hog.  We were slightly surprised to catch anything so this was a bonus. 

We moved to the east side and fished both of the fishing piers there without any luck.  Finally calling it a day due to the weather we headed back and loaded the boat. 

A slow day fishing and the weather didn’t cooperate but we did find out that our rain suites work best and his boat ran like a charm.

Lake ranking: 5 star
This lake is full of nice fish and had some great areas to find them.  Anything from rocks, brush, stumps, car tails weeds and sunken trees it has it all.  Even on a bad day we still pulled a decent fish out. I definitely recommend this lake

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August 16th 2014, Branched Oak Lake

I got off work a few hours early today and called my dad for a quick afternoon fishing trip.  He had just done some repairs on his motor and I had never seriously tried fishing branched oak so we headed up there for a couple of hours.

I know that they have bass tournaments there every once in a while and had heard of a few people fishing there.  But I don’t think we choose the best day or time to go.  There was tons of traffic on the lake and it was hot and sunny.

We took a cruise around and and fished a few spots but the lake seemed pretty dirty and shallow near the shoreline. So we tried fishing at the end of some peers and caught some good variety of fish but none were bass (see pictures below). My dad had booked a very large catfish that he had an epic battle with for almost 10 minutes before it snapped his line! We never actually got to see the fish because whenever it came anywhere close to the surface it would immediately for back down and run out the drag on his line, fun to watch though I would have like to have seen it.

Then we started having some engine troubles so we called it a day. Not sure I will be going back due to the traffic but still nice to get out on the water.

Overall Ranking: 3 Star

Good Boat ramp, camping and the lake size and location were nice but the fishing was really slow unless you are trying to catch yellow bass or catfish.

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September 7th 2013, Willard Meyer

Who: My dad and myself

Where: Willard Meyer, Wilber NE

When: September 7th 2013 7-11am

Weather: 80 degrees and Sunny

Boat Type: 18ft Nitro Bass Boat

Today we had heard about a new lake through a friend of mine named Kurt and it was within about an hour of my dads place so decided to try a new place.   The lake was beautiful and was far enough outside of Lincoln that we were the only boat on the lake until about 11 when 1 other boat showed up.  The lake was really well set up and had a good campground with a beach and swimming dock.  It had a cement boat ramp and a small dock that was enough for us to get on the lake.

The water was about a foot or two lower than normal pool and also the temperature was 78 degrees so we knew that fishing would be a little slower due to the summer bass patterns.  We started fishing right by the boat ramp where there were some trees that had been sunk.  That produced a bit or two but no fish caught.  We moved from there to the dam where we didn’t even get a strike and the same with the two islands in the middle of the lake.

We had a topographical map so we followed the channel all the way up into the north side of the lake.  Once we got up there into the sunken trees and the old stumps we caught a few but it was still pretty slow conditions.  We were fishing texas rigged black and blue plastics and also caught one on a shad colored crank bait.  Every fish we caught was tucked up very close to the sunken trees in the lake and we definitely had to get our lures back into some very tight spots to pull the fish out.

We fished until the temperature rose and we decided to get off the lake.  We both really liked the lake and will visit it again but hopefully when the conditions were better.  If you get a chance to head to this lake it is a good one and especially if you are camping, it had a lot of other activities at the lake.  Enjoy the pictures!

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July 27th 2013 Timber Point

Who: Kaylene Barry and Me

Where: Timber Point, Brainard, NE

When: July 27th 2013, 7-10am

Weather: 65 Degrees, Partly Cloud and still

Boat Type: 14ft flat bottom Jon Boat, trolling motor

This is a little lake that I have been itching to go to for a while.  I drove by it early this spring and have heard that there was a good bass population that I wanted to try out.  The lake is just about 30 minutes north of Lincoln and is a beautiful Rec area.  Being back up in the hills it is definitely one of the more scenic lakes I have been to in a long time.  Also this is the first time this year I had the chance to fish with my sister and I was very excited she wanted to go with me.

As we started fishing I thought they might be hitting on top water lures or something fast since it was so early in the morning but we quickly found out that the water temperatures were still high and the water level was a few fee low.  So the bass were still in full summer patterns, we found them hiding deep inside the deeper sunken trees.  Fishing about 5-8 feet of water and letting our Texas rigged plastic creature baits drop deep inside the trees and dangle on the branches. Which is a hard way to fish because you really have to be able to feel when the fish take the lure even though its running through brush and sticks the whole time, and then once you hook one you have to be able to yank him out of the trees before they wrap you around a tree branch.

We fished around the whole lake this way and there are plenty of sunken trees and structure to fish here.  And we tried other spots like shallow weed lines, the dam and back in the coves but all of our fish came in the cover of the sunken trees.  They must have been sitting in the shadows and were clinging tight to them.

Most of the fish we caught were right around 13-15 inches and seemed to be healthy fish.  I was hoping to catch one of the musky that have been stocked in there but didn’t have any luck.  There were 3 other boats on the lake this morning, another small bout like ours, a canoe and a bass boat.  We were the only people that I saw catch a bass but I also wasn’t watching too closely.  With 4 total boats on the lake it was full but not over crowded, being only 28 acres of surface water when at full pool it could get full pretty quickly.

This is definitely a lake I would like to visit again, and with the nice little campgrounds it would be a great place to take a camping trip that wouldn’t see too much traffic.

Overall Ranking: 3 Star

This lake is a not very well know surprise just north of Lincoln.  It is pretty small but has a good depth and lake structure.  The boat ramp was good but no boat dock.  Also caught plenty of decent size bass, I’ll bet there are a few good sized fish in there.

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June 22nd 2013 Wagon Train

Who: My Dad and I

Where: Wagon Train Lake, Hickman NE

When: June 22nd 7-10am

Weather: Warm, started off clear, scattered storms rolled in later

Boat Type: 2003 Nitro Bass Boat

We had been discussing going fishing all week long but the temperatures were in the high 80’s to low 90’s all week and Saturday was supposed to be the hottest day yet.   Therefore we decided to get to the lake early in the morning and had arrived just before 7am.  The weather was clear and pretty warm, but a morning storm rolled by keeping the temperatures nice all morning.

We started by fishing the rock jetties by the boat ramp.  Now my dad was throwing a Texas Rigged plastic bait, which is his tried and true.  9 out of 10 times this is what my dad will start his day with and it usually produces a good number of fish.  I on the other hand like to have 4-5 different baits tied on and will continually switch back and forth between them until a pattern is noticed.  Today I had a multicolored swim bait, a medium diving perch colored crank bait, a brown pig and jig and finally a brown finesse worm.

On the first point we caught 3 or 4 fish and all of them on plastics just near the end of the point, One was over 3lbs!  We fished the other nearby points before they became crowded with people fishing from the shoreline.  We then moved to the sunken brush piles in the shallows water on the east side of the lake.  Here we caught 1 or 2 but it wasn’t the action we were looking for.

It was now time to head to one of our favorite spots on the lake, the sunken tree stumps on the north side just before the rock jetties.  Here we usually hook into a few fish but today was a little different.  The Bass are now post-spawn and starting to turn to their summer patterns.  There were a few bites and missed some fish, catching only 1 nice crappie (see picture below) on a bass crank bait.

We saw a lot of other boats today that were throwing spinner baits around the weed lines by shore but hadn’t seen a one of them catching fish, so that technique was eliminated from our options pretty quickly.

So we quickly decided the points we hit this morning were the place to return to.  Now that it was a little later in the day and fisherman were covering the points by the ramp, we moved to the west side of the lake where there are two points only accessible from the campgrounds or people that wanted to hike around the lake.  Here we picked probably 10 or more fish and two of them were over 3lbs!

Most of the fish were caught on the Texas rigged plastics.  I had tried other rigs such as a shaky-head, Carolina rig, and drop shot but quickly became frustrated with getting snagged in the rocks and losing so many lures that I went back to the Texas rig.  About halfway through the morning a spring scattered storm rolled through and kept the temperature pretty cool, but also brought the wind up quite a bit.

We had a great morning catching 20+ fish and had a few really nice ones.  Still one of our favorite lakes and not a bad morning for only fishing about 3 hours.  Below are some pictures! Enjoy!

Overall Ranking: 5 Star

This lake gets fished a lot but due to its size and reproducing fish levels you can always find some good fish.  The ramp, dock and park areas are great and the lake itself is good looking with good water clarity.

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