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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

October 3-4 2015 Lewis and Clark Lake, Yankton SD

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!

 

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June 20th 2015 Lake Wanahoo

Today I had a couple hours to myself and it was gorgeous weather so what better to do than to go to the lake!  I headed out to lake Wanahoo since I hadn’t been there for a while and also has a tournament the next weekend. 

The water was actually pretty clear (south of the walking pier) and there was barely a breeze at all.  I started fishing just to the south of the boat ramp and quickly found some matted weeds with a top water frog. The bass were so aggressive they were literally jumping completely out of the water to grab my bait. 

I caught about 15 bass and three Pike in a couple of hours!  Great time this lake is always fun and has some real quality fish.  I would highly recommend reviewing the lake map before coming, you can find it under topographic maps on my site! 

Lake raking – 5 star
The lake has find of quality fish, great structures to fish and its large enough to hold a lot of fisherman.  I highly recommend this lake to anyone looking to catch quantity of fish that are slightly above average.

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June 20th 2015 Lake Wanahoo

Today I had a couple hours to myself and it was gorgeous weather so what better to do than to go to the lake!  I headed out to lake Wanahoo since I hadn’t been there for a while and also has a tournament the next weekend. 

The water was actually pretty clear (south of the walking pier) and there was barely a breeze at all.  I started fishing just to the south of the boat ramp and quickly found some matted weeds with a top water frog. The bass were so aggressive they were literally jumping completely out of the water to grab my bait. 

I caught about 15 bass and three Pike in a couple of hours!  Great time this lake is always fun and has some real quality fish.  I would highly recommend reviewing the lake map before coming, you can find it under topographic maps on my site! 

Lake raking – 5 star
The lake has find of quality fish, great structures to fish and its large enough to hold a lot of fisherman.  I highly recommend this lake to anyone looking to catch quantity of fish that are slightly above average.

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May 22nd 2014 Prairie Owl

Who: myself
When: May 22nd 2014 10am-2pm
Where: Prairie Lake, Dunbar Me
Weather: 75-80 Sunny with a breeze
May 22nd prarie owl lake Dunbar ne

Today I decided to try a lake that has interested me for some time. I  had never been to this lake except for driving by and taking a look. The lake is about forty acres of water and doesn’t appear to have much traffic.
I got there about 10 am and started fishing along the dam.  Then continued along the north side of the lake.  Every cast looked like it could produce a nice bite but I hadn’t gotten any.  I was throwing 5-6 different lures and it didn’t make a difference.
Most of the lake was 3-4 feet deep except for along the dam where it was 7 feet.  There was not much structure to the bottom of the lake either, mostly mud bottom.  I did run up the creek on the west side of the lake where it get to 4-5 ft deep and has a lot large fallen trees and it looked wonderful but I still didn’t find any bass.
There was pool plenty of carp at the lake. It would be an excellent lake for anyone interested in bow hunting or camping but the game fishing was pretty poor. It was a pretty lake and had a nice campground but is not a lake I will be going back to unless some stocking is done. Although stocking may not help unless the lake is renovated to add some depth and structure.
Below are a few pictures of the lake.

Overall Ranking: 2 Star

The lake was very turbid and shallow.  Saw plenty of carp but other than that the fishing was slow.  The lake for fishing and boating was probably a 1 star but the lake was great looking and the picnic area was great looking and a peaceful location. 

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