May 7th 2017
I didn’t wake up as early this morning to go fishing as I would like. I was supposed to go with a friend and waiting for their response before deciding to just go anyways. So I didn’t make it to the lake until around 11am. I knew the weather was calling for a windy day so I was hoping I could beat some of that weather. Summit lake is known for having clear water and a lot of vegetation and it looks like this year will be no different.
The first thing I notice when I got to the lake was that the crappie spawn was in full swing. They were hanging out all over the rocks in just a few feet of water and clearly visible to the eye. And there were tons of them but of course they were not easy to convince to bite!
This lake is somewhat unique as the majority of the shoreline of the lake is rock or gravel but the base of the lake is dirt and mud. So the vegetation grows in strong and thick but it doesn’t generally cover the first 3-6 feet of the bank. So I started with a technique I have used here in the past and that was throwing a Horny Toad up to or even onto the bank and pulling it off. I could run it straight or quickly jerk it. But either way the bass were as predictable as always, they were sitting in that gap from the bank to the weeds and as soon as that bait pulled off the rocks they were in a hurry to come smack it before it got away in the thick weeds.
I caught 4 bass on the first side of the first pier right by the boat ramp doing this. None were of any significant size but it’s still a blast watching them explode on a top water. I did this around 2-3 more piers each holding bass before I decided to take a trip to the south side of the lake where the creek enters. I know its shallow up there but I was hoping to get into some dirtier water and maybe flip some stumps and catch a few bigger ones. Unfortunately the water was extremely muddy up there and had basically zero visibility. I did manage one nicer fish on a spinner bait up there.
The wind started to pick back up so I let it carry me back towards the boat ramp as I threw a spinner bait around some deeper water and managed one or two more fish. It was a short trip but a productive one.
Lake Ranking: 5 star
I love summit, it has many different kinds of species and all have pretty good populations and size. If you like to fish rocks, grass, cat tails, deep or shallow it has it all and the game and parks do a great job keeping the lake looking nice. I definitely recommend.
6\12\16 Summit Lake
Today I knew the temperature would be the hottest it had been so far this year and I wanted to get up early and try to do some top water fishing!
One of my favorite lakes for top water if Summit, I like it because it has a lot vegetation and a variety of different shorelines to fish. I got up really early to beat the heat. I was at the lake and just getting on the water around sunrise so I was able to get some good pictures!
The lake was very similar to the last time I fished it in that around the shore there was about 3-5 ft of clear water before the weeds started. So I started around the piers and threw a top water frog and immediately started catching nice 15-16″ bass. I fished two or three of the piers until the bite slowed a little bit.
Once it slowed down I switched to a plastic worm and threw to the same spots and started catching them again! It was a fast and fun morning, I only fished for a couple of hours before the temperature for into the high 80’s and I packed up. I caught around 15 fish and all were between 12-16 inches!
Lake ranking: 5 star
Where: SummitLake, Tekamah, Nebraska
When: June 5pm 15th through 10am the 16th
Weather: Sunny, Hot and Humid
Boat: 14ft Jon Boat
I had decided this week I would like to go camping rather than just spend a few hours on the lake. I had been told about this lake from my Dad who had taken our family camping here when I was really young. The lake seems to be very popular as there were a lot of other campers this weekend. It is also a short 30-40 minutes straight north of Omaha so it is a pretty easy drive.
After doing a little research on the lake I found there are good populations of Bass, Walleye, Crappie and Sunfish. I mainly target bass but if I can get into catching some good Walleye or Crappie that’s always fun. I also read a few reviews regarding the lake on the NEFGA forum, and people were saying the weeds in the lake were pretty bad, so I prepared by putting on heavier test line on a few rods and pulling out some topwater frogs.
Once I got to the lake Friday I found the weeds to be just as thick as I had been told and it covered any part of the lake that was about 7ft deep or less. I included a few pictures below showing the vegetation. I started my approach by throwing a topwater frog and a chartreuse spinner bait into the weeds and pulling them through. Neither of the lures seemed to produce any results, although there were a lot of schools of baitfish in the weeds and a lot of frogs sitting on the pads. After a little while I switched up to fishing the edge of the weed line by the deeper water. Here I threw the spinnerbait and also threw a new Rapala rattle trap I had picked up this winter. But again I didn’t have a single bite.
So being that I was in a small flat bottom boat I decide to oar myself into the middle of the weed patch and began flipping a ¼ oz green pig and jig into the small open pockets of water deep in the weeds. Instantly I started catching fish, and this pattern continued for the rest of the evening. The fish in this lake were healthy and most of them were right around 13-15 inches. I caught one or two at 16-17 inches but I believe the length limit for bass here is the normal state regulation of 15 inches rather than the 21 inch limit a lot of other lakes close by put on their fish.
The next morning I rose around 6am just as the sun was starting to come up. Since it is getting into the heat of summer and I knew the morning bass would be active I tried throwing a buzz bait to see if I could get them to come up for a bite. I had also notice the night before that around the edge of the lakes shore line there was about 6-8 feet of clear water before the weeds started and had hooked a few fish there. I figured these would be hotspots as the morning fish tried to catch frogs and other animals and insects at the waters edge. And that guess was spot on! I started catching a lot of nice bass and all them were striking the buzzbait within that open water gap. The bite never slowed down all morning although the approach did slightly. After the morning went on a little bit I switched from the buzzbait to a similar colored spinnerbait and the bites continued.
This was a fun lake with plenty of nice fish. The campgrounds were great and had plenty of fun things to do, such as trails, horseshoes, playground, beach etc… this is definitely a place I will be visiting again. Below are some of the pictures for you.
Overall Ranking: 5 Star
This lake is a lot of fun to go to. Good camping and park areas, with a good boat ramp and dock. The fishing is great and has a lot of different kinds of fish that are easy to find with a boat.