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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.

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!

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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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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