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Smallies at Lewis And Clark

Some friends of mine had rented a campsite for the weekend and had invited me to come along.  We didn’t have a boat and it wasn’t a “fishing trip” per say.. but who are we kidding if I’m that close to one of my favorite lakes, I’m bringing a pole or three!

We had set a few lines the night before and only caught a small white bass.  But today I decided to take a little walk and go down to the Marina on the SD side of the lake.  The wind was blowing into the shoreline on the jetty I stopped at and was causing a bit of stirred up water.  I started by throwing a crankbait but caught much weeds, switched to a spinner bait and didn’t get a single strike.  So, knowing that there was a good population of smallmouth in this lake I switched up a little bit and went to my spinning rod, lighter line and a shaky head with a small brown crawdad plastic on it.  I started to get a few bites but they were hard to catch because of the wind.  By the time I realized one had my bait it had already run a short ways and spit out the lure. But I did manage to catch a few doing this, and they sure fought like crazy!

After a little while I decided to skip to the other side of the jetty and fish the calm waters where the wind couldn’t reach it. I noticed right away due to the water clarity and the calm water that I could see fish swimming around. A lot of them were sunfish and carp but there were a few smallmouth and also some drum swimming around there.  I found that with my polarized sunglasses that if I stayed up the bank about 10+ feet I could spot the fish without spooking them. I would then cast this little crawdad lure down near them and shake it up to the rocks there were searching for bait in.  I ended up catching a really large drum and probably 8-10 small, smallmouth bass this way! It was fun and exiting to see it all happen like that. But eventually I spooked a good number of them and decided to call it a day.

Lake Ranking 5 start: Definitely a great lake though, I love the diversity of the water and the species of fish. I did enjoy it a little more last year when i went out on the lake in a boat.

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!

Fishing in the rain! 7/2/16

My dad and I had been planning to go fishing on this day all week.  As the time got closer we checked the weather and noticed it started calling for a rainy day.. Kinda of bummed but it looked like the temperature was still supposed to be decent and it looked like rain only, not to much wind or any lightning.  So we decided to pack up our rain suites and give it a go anyways.

We started by fishing the trees and rock jetties around the south side of the lake.  The water was pretty clear and even though it was raining we thought we should get into some fish.  After fishing for a while with little to no bites we decided to switch it up and we headed north of the walking path.

We noticed immediately after going under the bridge that the water on the north side was much dirtier than the south.  But as we started fishing the trees right by the channel on the North side my dad hooked into a nice bass!  We switched up our presentations to slower plastics and started catching fish.  All of the bass were 2-3 lbs and seemed to be good healthy fish.  I also hooked into a large Northern Pike that was a blast to catch.

We still weren’t catching fish like crazy but we had found 4-5 and had some fun catching um.  After a while we became tired of the rain and decided to call it a day.  Even though the weather wasn’t the greatest Wanahoo never seems to disappoint!

Lake Ranking: 5 star

Even in rainy windy conditions it may have taken us a while to find fish but we did find them and found some quality fish at that.  I would recommend Wanahoo to anyone looking to find a good number a fish and some of quality too!0e25a475-23d8-4079-aa44-efc526b0d5d1 5a8e9fb6-2a9e-454d-b641-7b8f6549c794 34be4502-10b1-4424-a72d-94a5c0cd4d4e 347d6830-f9b8-48f4-a12b-d8a1aadc7a5a 666efa20-4b67-40c1-b07e-8739856140bd 95300864-71aa-40ab-9688-4140127b9871

Missouri River Oxbow May 29th 2016

One of my favorite places to fish is Middle Decatur Bend.  I go out there because of the fish diversity and also because it is a relatively unknown place to fish.  It is an oxbow lake off of the Missouri River about an hour north of Omaha.  For the most part the lake is shallow (less than 5 feet) but on both the east and west sides by the tall log pilings it does get to 8-10 feet deep and some spots even a little more.

I started the day throwing spinner baits and a plastic worm around the wood on the west side.  I fished for a couple hundred of feel and didn’t get a bite so I skipped further down the line and tried at deeper spot and didn’t get any bites.

The canal leading to the river must have been all the way through because I saw 2 different boats come through and then leave.  But as I was near the canal I saw and heard some fish in the shallow grasses.  As I got closer I realized they were mostly carp with a few gar but usually where some fish are the others will follow.

I started throwing a white spinner bait around the grasses and cat tails.  I caught two gar right off the bat, they are nasty creatures but there were plenty around to catch.  I shortly after caught two small large mouth bass.  It was nice to catch the fish I had been looking through, although I was a little disappointed I didn’t catch any Walleye or Northern Pike.  Still a fun place to go and I will definitely go back!

Lake Ranking: 4 star

This lake is a lot of fun to go to, I really like it but it is a little difficult to figure out.  I like being able to catch nice bass and northern pike but it might be a little better without the gar or all of the carp in the area.  2dc7e577-df5c-472f-8d1d-5d85ac71fa20 290f718b-5d7a-4943-94cd-cbfeaa972a4c 570b14a3-7ba0-4333-8c0a-c611ff99e0f8 e32bd206-db31-4fbb-a031-82e67b8233a3 eccc1f7b-7a7d-460b-bac6-13b5a5d4eeb5 fe26ffc7-e528-49ae-b7d2-30a1fff7a1db

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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Lake Wanahoo June 20th 2015

Today my dad and me actually fished a tournament at Wanahoo! We fished with the no wake bass club who I had fished with a couple years ago and had a good time.

We kicked off around 7am and finished around 1pm.  And all fish were measured by length at the boat and released.

We started fishing grass mats just north of the boat ramp and caught a few keepers right away but didn’t see the size of fish we were looking for.  So we moved to the peers on the east side of the lake and on those rocks we caught a lot of fished around 15-16 inches.  My dad was catching them on a senko around grass patches and I caught most of mine bouncing a crank bait off of the rocks.

We then moved back to the trees straight out from the boat ramp trying to find a few larger fish but couldn’t quite locate them.

We finished with 15 countable fish, we had a few smaller ones and also a northern pike and a really nice walleye!  Overall we finished about third in every category (of 7 boats I think). All we would have needed was one fish over 18 inches and we may have taken the tournament.. Maybe next time!

Lake ranking: 5 star
I’ve ranked this lake before at five and it still holds, while we didn’t catch many big fish (the largest of the tournament was 18) we caught a lot of nice 15-16 inch fish and the thrill of all the multi species is exciting too!

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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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April 24th 2014 Lake Wanahoo

Who: Brian Barry

Where: Wanahoo, Wahoo, NE

When: April 24th 2014, 10am-4pm

Weather 60 Degrees, Windy Cloudy

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

I almost didn’t make this trip today due to the windy and recent rainy conditions but it cleared up just enough for me to make it and I’m sure glad I did.  Because it was still windy today and my boat is extremely light my fishing locations were limited to wherever I could escape the big waves and blowing wind from the NW.

So I started by running to the north side of the walking pier and started fishing right off of the channel.  I could still feel the wind pretty good but I hid behind the trees surrounding the channel and they broke up the big waves for me.  I was also forced to use heavier lures in order to cast into the wind and since I had anticipated this I already had my lines ready.  Today I mainly fished a white spinner bait, a purple plastic worm and a chartreuse square bill crank bait.  I had tried a plastic crawdad, a red crank bait and a pig and jig but after catching the first few fish it became obvious they were feeding on baitfish and pan fish, not crustaceans. You can see a picture or two of their fat bellies below.

I had caught one 15 inch fish at this first location but was not getting many strikes.  So I took a ride all the way up the channel until it ended.  I was now on the far north side of the lake (north of the road bridge) and found the depth was still 8-10 feet in the channel but the rest of the pocket was 2 ft or less.  On this north side it has a mud bottom but it has a lot of scattered large rocks.  I anchored in the channel and was throwing my spinner bait into the shallow rocks and letting it knock every rock in its path.  The bass went nuts over this, I caught 8 fish in a 30 minute span and all of them were between 13-18inches.  They were all fat and feeding heavily before the spawn.  While here I also hooked into a 24inch Northern Pike which are always a blast to catch.

I then fished my way back out of the channel and caught 4 more bass (all around 14-15inches), 1 more Northern Pike, and then one beautifully colored bullhead.  The fish were feeding heavily and they were gathered on the edge of the flats where they will begin to spawn but not too far from the deeper water.  All the fish were healthy but I could also tell the Pike were feeding well too because 3-4 of the bass had gashes in their sides from recent attacks (one pictured below).

Today I finished with 14 Bass, 2 Northern Pike, and 1 Bullhead.  And after speaking with two other boats it sounded like they struggled to find fish so that’s why it’s always good to pay attention to the patterns the fish are in so you can locate them faster.

If you haven’t been out to this lake yet I would highly recommend it, its a blast.  Between the multiple structures to fish the variety of species is fun as well.  Enjoy the pictures!

Overall Ranking: 5 Star

Great lake with good boat ramp, docks, camping and trails.  Fishing is great with multiple kinds of fish and plenty of depths and structures to find them in.

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