Gon’ Fishing

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Summer is right around the corner and with the summer comes fishing. Here are some go to hotspots right now for fishing and what to use.

Bowling Lake: In Airpark in Lincoln, NE. It’s a 12 acre lake which is one of the smaller lakes I will talk about. Since it is much smaller the water will warm up quickly causing fish to be more active and having a better opportunity to reel in the master anglers. This lake doesn’t have a large amount of catfish but has a healthy amount of pan

fish (crappie and bluegill). If you want to catch these species use small light weight lures with bright colors. For bass try finding cover like rocks are trees and throw a jig.

Conestoga Lake: Near Denton, NE. Has a variety of species to go for from Bass and Bluegill to Catfish. It’s a large body of water coming in at around 250 acres, so the water temperature is still on a bit chilly side. Slow baits working shallow areas will be your best bet. Use lures such as spinnerbaits, jigs, jerkbaits, and of course the always reliable worm and bobber technique.

Wagon Train Lake: Located outside of Hickman, NE. The biggest lake coming in at 315 acres. It has the widest range of different kinds of fish ranging from pan fish, bass, catfish, and a chance to catch a fish of 10,000 casts in the muskee. Since it’s such a large lake the water will be the coldest so fish won’t be as active until water warms up. There’s a lot of different spots on this lake to go and can fish there almost all day long. There’s a large amount of bass and can catch them on jerkbaits, jigs, and crankbaits are all good lures to use.