The weather has been way less than cooperative in Nebraska this ‘spring’, if you can call it that. One day it’s 98 degrees, the next you can’t see 5′ in front of you because of the snow. Needless to say, the fish have been a little ‘out of it’.
The water has slowly climbed up to the 60 degree mark, which is a good thing for the area. It’s been difficult to catch fish lately, and has forced us to try new things and learn different techniques. Some have worked pretty well, while some need improvement. But now that the water has warmed up, some usual patterns are starting to show themselves.
We managed to find some water that was near 70, and the saugers cooperated nicely. We caught some saugers, northern pike, crappies, white bass, and even drum. Me moved to another lake and found the wipers were on the chew. We caught 5 wipers from 24 to 25 1/4", and had numbers 6 and 7 pop the hook when they got closer. Throw in a couple white bass (the biggest was 16 1/2") and a 23" walleye, and you have yourself a good night of fishing.
Monday was another great day. We managed 27 eyes, with the largest being the 28 1/4 incher shown above by my buddy Dave who wrangled the beauty in. Also had a 23, and a handful from 20 to 22", and 3 more saugers. First fish of the day was a monster pike that went 39"….we’re guessing. I’ve never seen such a thing, but its tail fell off in the boat in pieces all over the place. If you look closely in the pic, you can see there are just a few shreads left. I’ve never seen such a thing; it wasn’t like it was caught in a prop or stepped on in the boat, they just fell off. If anyone has anything to add, I’d like to hear it.
The next day wasn’t as good, but I do know a buddy pulled out a 24 and a 27 less than a mile from us. Let’s hope the pattern persists for at least a little while and the weather keeps cooperating!