This morning I had to wake up early to take my brother to the airport and since he had to be there by 3:30 am I decided instead of going back to bed that I would use this opportunity to go sit in my deer stand and see if I could fill my tag!
I got to my stand earlier than needed but I always enjoy sitting out there in the dark waiting for the sun to come in complete silence. As I was out there before sunrise I could hear a pack of coyotes on the property but they never came close enough for me to see them.
The weather was good this morning, chilly but not cold temperatures, cloud cover and a slight breeze from the northwest. Right as the sun was coming up I started hearing a noise that was a little concerning to me… duck calls. My spot was on a property that had a small farm pond and it is a public hunting land so anyone could use the property. Usually this time of year a little place like that pond would be frozen over and the only water around would be the small stream running through the woods. But this year all the water was still wide open and available for use.
Right as shooting time opened up I started hearing the duck hunters pop off shots like crazy with ducks flying into their area and I saw a few group of mallards flying away. That was disappointing because my stand was only about 200 yards from the pond and with them popping off shots like that my chances of having a deer want to be anywhere near me went to about 0%. So I hung around in my stand for about an hour and then decided to start walking around the property to the other side and explore the areas I wasn’t as familiar with and hopefully happen upon a deer in the process that I could spot and stock.
Well no such luck with spotting a deer but I did run across a few really nice areas that I may set up in next year. I also came across an area where a lot of deer must have passed away in sometime throughout the past few years. I found about 10-15 different piles of bones in one ravine. They made for some good picture opportunities so I spent a while messing around in the woods looking at all the wildlife and bones that had inhabited the property.
I still like the hunting spot but so far this year in my two trips I have been interrupted by other hunters or people both times. I wish it would snow or freeze a little bit so that I would have more confidence that I may be the only one out there.
Better luck next time!
Today I had a friend Andrew come with me on a fishing trip! He is from Minnesota and finally brought back his fishing gear so we had to go out. I know that our lakes in eastern Nebraska don’t compare well with Minnesota lakes so I had to take him to Lake Wanahoo were we would have the chance of catching big bass, northern pike and walleye.
Today was very windy morning! We had storms the night before so the north side of the lake was muddy so we stayed mainly on the south side. And due to the wind we had limited places we could go or places we could fish because my little aluminum boat was getting pushed around a lot.
For the first couple of hours we didn’t get much to bite and we threw a lot of different lures all around multiple different kinds of structure. We finally hooked into a nice bass as we were fishing deep crankbaits around trees in about 15 feet of water. But we were having to stay behind all of the trees to avoid larger waves and to be able to control the boat.
We had thought that once we caught one maybe we would catch a few more doing something similar, but we stayed there for a while and couldn’t find more fish that wanted to bit. So we moved back to the west side of the lake and fished around the cat tails in the shallow areas of the lake. I got tired of fighting the wind so we started anchoring at the spots we wanted to fish and slowly picking them apart. Andrew had hooked into a couple of fish throwing a top water frog and a spinner bait. And then as we were fishing by the boat ramp I was using a pig and jig and caught two fish.
All the fish we caught and/or hooked were good sized anywhere from 15-18 inches. We didn’t get a lot of bites but the ones we did really hit the lures hard and close to shore. Enjoy the pictures!
Lake Ranking: 5 star
Even with strong winds and post storm conditions we were still able to pull out some nice fish! This lake is always a good time and has very quality fish.