Who: Scott G and Myself
Where: Standing Bear, Omaha NE
When September 14th 7am-10am
Weather: 55 Degrees and Partially Cloudy
Boat type: 14ft Jon Boat
Today was the day of the NEB-UCLA game, so we decided to stay close to home and do a quick early morning trip. We got out there before the sunrise and were on the water for the whole morning. It was breezy and cloudy with a few sprinkles of rain. The water temp was still around 75 degrees which was hotter than i had expected since the previous few days were in the 60’s.
Since the water temperatures were still high and we were there early in the morning I had thought that topwater would really be good this morning but surprisingly we tried about every topwater lure we had and didn’t get a single strike. We also didn’t see anything surfacing so we quickly changed our approach. Just to the east of the boat ramp there are a lot of sunken trees that are in 5-8ft of water and we ended up getting into some small large mouths there fishing slowly and deep with a blue texas rigged 8″ plastic worm.
We still weren’t finding the fish we wanted to so we continued to move around the lake. Fishing briefly on the dam with no luck. We then passed over the channel in the middle of the lake wondering if we could mark fish where the dept dropped from 10ft-18ft. We tried trolling lures across this depth change with crankbaits and swimbaits but still had no luck and didn’t even mark many fish.
Our time was running out (we didn’t want to miss the kickoff) so we tried one last location on the western side of the lake where the creeks run into the main lake and it was so shallow we actually grounded the boat. We then packed up and went home to watch the game.
this was the 2nd or 3rd time I have fished this lake and it looks like a great lake but i have not had much success. I have never been skunked but never thrilled about the trip either. If I had more time I would have chosen to go somewhere else.
Overall Ranking: 3 Star
Good looking lake with good ramp and structure, I’ve just never caught a lot of fish or any of really good size.
Who: Brian Barry, Scott Gleason
Where: Standing Bear, Omaha Ne
When: June 10th 7:30-9pm
Weather 85 Degrees, Sunny
Boat Type: 14ft flat bottom Jon Boat, trolling motor
Today we had a short window of time to get out and actually fish but since the weather was so nice we couldn’t pass up the opportunity. So instead of heading out of town, we chose Standing Bear which is about 5 minutes from where I live. Also Scott had been there earlier this week with some success using a top water frog.
We started fishing along the south side of the lake by the boat ramp and quickly noticed how many other people were on the lake. There were approximately 15 kayaks or canoes on the lake, I believe for a boy scouts event. Also about every 50-100ft on the shore line there was somebody with a set line. So we attempted to bounce around them for a little bit with little success.
We did also take into account that the bass would typically be in their summer patterns by now, so deep points might be a good option. That mixed in with the heat and the extremely clear water in the lake, we had to adjust our fishing methods. We threw about everything at them with only a few bites here and there but hadn’t pulled anything in yet. We tried fishing in the large cove on the south side and along the dam as well and were seeing a lot of schooling fish out in the open water but couldn’t convert that into any real strikes.
Finally as the sun started to set, the temperature dropped and the visibility got worse we started getting some strikes. I believe as a result of the conditions the bass were hanging out deeper and not feeding as much until the temperatures cooled and the traffic on the lake lessened. We ended up with a few good bites, a few fished hooked that got away and caught one 14 inch bass near the end of the night (as pictured below).
So we were a little disappointed we didn’t catch more fish but we did find them eventually and we had to fight a crowd of people to do it. It is a good place to go if you live in Omaha and want to get out for an hour or two some evening. But if I had the time, I would go further out of down just because of the traffic on the lake.
Overall Ranking: 3 Star
The fishing is somewhat slow and the fish are usually small. But it is nice when you can get to the lake in 10 minutes.