Posts Tagged ‘Lake Wanahoo’

My cabin fever has reached fever pitch… so what is a reasonable person to do?

Walk out on 6 inches of ice into the middle of a lake in 20 degree weather…

And try to catch fish through a hole; of course.

I vastly prefer fly fishing, but when there is no fly fishing to be had; fishing is fishing.

The only problem? It was a slow bite tonight. My group only caught two fish… and neither of them was by me.

But hey, that’s fishing.

Although, I did get some great pictures of wild Nebraska while I was not catching fish…

Not to mention froze my fingers off while trying to change baits… do you have any idea how hard it is to tie clinch knots when your fingers are numb and shivering?

Walking on the ice adds a new element of danger to the sport; at least for me. I never really feel nervous about being on the water… but there is something unsettling about walking on ice…

Man wasn’t meant to walk on water; and doing so sometimes feels as if you are tempting fate…

Especially as the ice pops, thumps, and moans while you are standing on it.

But the sights are amazing…

Even as day gives way to night.

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Day two of my fishing blowout weekend did not turn out the way I expected. I thought I would try something new, so I went to the recently opened Lake Wanahoo. They stocked the lake with Northern Pike, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to make a hitlist strike.

Instead I got skunked…

We got some pretty bad thunderstorms last night. While I normally have good luck fishing in the rain, I never have luck fishing the day after it rains. I think there is an unwritten fishing rule somewhere that says “don’t go fishing the day after it rains”, but I have never been one for rules. Especially when I have limited opportunities before I have to pack away my gear for the winter.

I don’t mind getting skunked on a trip (even though it hasn’t happened for a few weeks); that’s part of fishing. But the sad part of this trip is that getting skunked on a regular basis at the end of the year is a sign that the season is over…

Lake Wanahoo was an interesting lake… Everything is new and nice, but there are not any trees around the bank. There are, however, tree in the middle of the lake. When the lake was built, the state left the trees that lined the banks of the creek that was damed. They’ll make great fish habitat; but as my picture above shows, it feels like fishing in a flood zone. It’s really eerie float tubing between a forest of dead trees…

The state stocked trout today though, so hopefully I can eek out at least a couple more fishing days.

See you as I am chasing the stockers!

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