Posts Tagged ‘White Bass’

Yes, Flies Over Nebraska is pleased to announce the completion of a successful “hit” on my fly fishing¬†hit list… White Bass!

But long time readers of this blog might recall that I last summer announced that I had already “wacked” white bass clear back on September 30th…

Well, apparently I suck at identifying fish…

When I caught this white bass on Sunday, I was a little unsure if it was a white bass or a white perch. I was pretty sure it was a white bass; but I have read that white perch can have strips for a certain amount of time at the beginning of their life. The body shape was clearly different than the wider and heavier “white bass” that I caught last summer… I will come back to that last thought.

I posted these pictures of the fish on our local fishing forum and asked for some help identifying the fish…

After some initial waffling on the answer, I decided to post some pictures from this blog as a comparison. I posted one of a white perch, and these two pictures of the “white bass” that I caught last summer…

A local angler whose opinion I trust said that my fish from Sunday was definitely a white bass; but the above fish was not a white bass… it is a hybrid white bass x striped bass; or what we call in Nebraska a Wiper. This was later confirmed (with an appropriate disclaimer) by our state biologist who monitors the forum.

I have caught white bass before but not on a fly… I thought I had nabbed one last summer, but since it was not a white bass Sunday’s fish is technically my first white bass on a fly…

Which also means…

Flies Over Nebraska is proud to belatedly announce the capture of a target of opportunity, a Wiper last summer!

And that I suck at identifying fish…

At least I had the fish down to the right genus… Monroe. That’s apparently as good as I can get it.

The hit list has been appropriately updated.

See you correcting the record books…

E

 

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Flies Over Nebraska is proud to announce the completion of it’s second hit: White Bass!

For those of you keeping score at home, this marks the second hit that Flies Over has completed since coming online this summer. The hitlist has been appropriately updated.

This morning I got a chance to sneak away to fish for a few hours. I started out a Pawnee Lake SRA, just down the road from my house. I needed to try something different then Bowling Lake for a change; and while a coworker of mine considers Pawnee Lake the “Dead Sea of Nebraska”, I have had some good luck with Crappies there… except today.

I gave up after about an hour at Pawnee and only landing a couple white perch. Bored, I decided to go way out on a limb and do something I almost never do: fish Branched Oak Lake.

Nothing against Branched Oak Lake… it is a large reservoir and I tend to have my best luck on small bodies of water. The biggest reason why I don’t go there is the power boaters and jet skiers. To each their own… I don’t have a problem with people enjoying these sports. I just don’t like fly fishing with the wakes of speed boats lapping against me and disturbing all the fish. Because of this, fishing from the shore at Branched Oak is annoying… let alone, I can’t even imaging putting the belly boat out on anything other then a “no-wake” lake…

The reason why I decided to make the short jump to Branched Oak is that it is so late in the summer that most of campers and water sports enthusiasts have long since packed it in for the winter.

Branched Oak also supports some species that most smaller lakes cannot; like flathead catfish, walleye, striped bass, and today’s hit white bass.

I accomplished today’s hit by bouncing a microjig off the bottom in and around some brush in the water. Also picked up a couple more white perch and a bluegill.

Over all it was a slow day fishing. But picking up the “hit” made it worth it.

Then again, any fishing trip is worth it.

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