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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

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.








July 4th 2014, Stagecoach Lake

Where: Stagecoach lake, Hickman Ne
Who: my dad and me
Weather: sunny and very windy

Since me and my dad both had no plans on the fourth of July so what better way to spend the day then fishing with each other.
We decided to go to a place we hadn’t been to since wagon train opened up and that place is stage coach, which is really close to the other lake and used to be our favorite spot until the other lake was finished.

The lake had changed quite a bit since we had been there last. There were two main things I noticed, one was they had added a lot more brush piles all around the lake and they were great structure to hold fish. And second it seemed to have silted in a little more, places seemed to be slightly more shallow than it was before (the lake was not deep to begin with).

We tried a wide variety of lures and all around the  lake.  We missed a few what seemed to be big fish that bit our lines.  Two of which broke the line on my dad’s rod!  But after a few hours of fishing my dad came or on top 1-0. Kind of disappointing in numbers but still great to spend time on the water with dad.  Also I know there are big fish there and will go back sometime to try again.

Here are just a few pictures including the one m my dad caught which he didn’t want me to take but my comment was “I have to in case it’s the only one we catch” next time I’ll keep my m mouth shut.

Overall Ranking: 3 Star

This lake has a good boat ramp and dock, camping and the fishing was ok but I know we have caught good fish in the past.  It is a pretty shallow lake with little structure for the fish outside of some brush piles.





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!


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.