This past weekend my buddy and fellow IDOer Chad Mayer brought the kids down to the area from Omaha, so we decided to take them and his FIL Tom out for a few days of fishing. We fished the canal in numerous areas, as well as a few canal lakes. We focused on walleyes and saugers quite a bit, but came up empty. We turned to crappie fishing and were sure glad we did. After a few observations with water temps being what they were, I was sure that the crappie wouldn’t be where Chad wanted to try. I’m sure glad that he convinced me to try that pattern, as it proved successful for 3 straight days. Day one, Tom, Chad and I found quite a few crappies, and I feel comfortable saying we caught around 100 fish. Also included was this nice chunky LMB that fell for a slow dropping crappie jig. Day two, we went to another area and ended up catching more crappies while sauger fishing. We moved around the canal a bit and found two areas that held quite a few fish. I’d say we caught around 75 fish or so. The real catch of day 2 was this nice 32″ northern that went 7lbs, 10oz; I just couldn’t believe how fat she was! On 6lb test with my ultra light XML rod, I was very happy to get her in the net. A pretty rare catch for the canal that I’m sure will take years to duplicate.
On day 3, Chad, Jacob, Corey and I hit the canal to see how many crappies we could get. Our first spot produced immediately, and that was followed by two more very solid areas. I have no problem saying that the 4 of us caught over 200 crappies the final day, it was purely nuts. Lots of small fish, but quite a few keepers as well, including a nice 13 1/4 incher. In all 3 days, we only kept about 15 fish, which was fine with us. With the boys in the boat having a great time, it made for a great day.
I do know there have been some walleyes caught recently in the area, and if this weird Nebraska weather would ever stabilize, I’m sure the walleye fishing would truly explode. Some guys are doing well despite the weather. I hope I’m able to join that crowd soon.