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Omaha Metro Forecast

Omaha Metro Forecast

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Omaha Metro Forecast
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This is a fishing forecast for the Omahametro. The forecast includes figures for areapublic water bodies that were surveyed by theNebraska Game and Parks Commission during*2011 and 2012. Therefore, there may be otherwater bodies in the area that provide goodfishing opportunities that are not included inthis forecast (see map). The followinginformation will help anglers decide on wherethe best fishing for a variety of species can befound based on survey results. Anglers seekingmore information on area lakes such aslocations, lake maps, regulations and stockingreports are encouraged to browse the Nebraska
Game and Parks’ website at
www
.
 .
Bluegills
Bluegills prefer clean water and anabundance of aquatic plants. They are anexcellent fish for beginning anglers to pursue.Bluegills can be caught year round, but may bemost susceptible to anglers during the spawn.Spawning activity peaks when watertemperatures are 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit,usually late May or early June. Recreationalanglers or beginners who just want to catchnumbers of fish should head to
Zorinsky
or
Walnut Creek
, while anglers targeting largerbluegills should try
Wehrspann
or
CenturyLink
.
Largemouth Bass
Largemouth bass are routinely targeted byanglers and are known for their aggressivenessand fighting ability. Largemouth bass, likebluegills and other members of the sunfishfamily, prefer clean water and an abundance of shallow water cover. Metro reservoirs such as
Walnut Creek
and
Wehrspann
will offer a goodopportunity to catch largemouth bass greaterthan 15 inches. Sand pits, such as those foundwithin
Louisville SRA
, will provide greatopportunity for both numbers and size. Anglerstargeting large bass may want to check out
Memphis SRA
just north of Ashland.
Crappie
Crappies are highly regarded by anglers andare often considered to be among the besttasting freshwater fish. Crappies prefer habitatwith sheltered coves or bays with andabundance of cover and aquatic vegetation.Anglers looking for plenty of eating-sizecrappies should head to
Wehrspann
,
StandingBear
, or
Walnut Creek
. However, the drive to
Memphis SRA
may pay off with a few crappiesgreater than 12 inches.
Channel Catfish
Channel catfish are popular throughoutNebraska and can be found in almost everyreservoir and river in the metro area. Somewaters to note for catfish anglers in the Omahametro area would be
Two Rivers SRA
and
Wehrspann
.
Memphis SRA
, which is not listedon the figure, will also provide excellentopportunity for both numbers and size.The
Platte River
, water willing, will alsoprovide some good catfishing opportunities.Anglers should target log jams in deep holes orchannel drop offs. Nightcrawlers, stink bait, orcut bait are all good bait options. Public accesson the Platte River can be found at
SchillingWMA
,
Louisville SRA
,
Platte River State Park
,
Schramm Park SRA
,
Two Rivers SRA
,
PlatteRiver Landing
near Valley,
Hormel Park
inFremont,
Bramble WMA
,
Whitetail WMA
, or
Tailrace Park
in Columbus.The
Elkhorn
and
Missouri Rivers
will alsooffer some excellent fishing for channel catfish.Anglers should be able to catch channel catfishthroughout the rivers using variety of baits suchas nightcrawlers, cut bait, stink bait, or shrimp.
 
Flathead Catfish
 Flathead catfish are a true trophy fish andprovide a great battle on a rod and reel.Flathead catfish can be found throughout the
Missouri
,
Elkhorn
, and
Platte Rivers
, andthanks to the University of Nebraska samplingcrew, we have some catch data from theMissouri River. Areas near the
Bartlett, IA
or
NP Dodge
Park boat ramp look to be good forboth numbers and large fish. Further to thesouth, areas near
Indian Cave State Park
and
Peru Bottoms
will also provide anglers a chanceat some larger fish. The University of Nebraskais also conducting a tagging study on channeland flathead catfish and asks all anglers toreport tagged fish to the phone number on thetag.
Other Species
Walleye
Anglers targeting walleyes in the Omahametro will want to try
Wehrspann
and
Cunningham
. The
Missouri River
will alsoprovide opportunity to catch walleye or sauger.Anglers looking for good large-reservoir walleyefishing opportunities should look into thestatewide fishing forecast.
Blue Catfish
Blue catfish can be found in
Wehrspann
aswell as the
Platte
,
Elkhorn
, and
Missouri Rivers
.
Northern Pike
Around 1,300 ten-inch northern pike werestocked into
Cunningham
reservoir in late 2012and will provide a unique fishing experience inthe Omaha metro in years to come.
Lake Wanahoo
will also provide a uniquefishing opportunity to catch northern pike inEastern Nebraska. The northern pike taggingstudy will continue in 2013 and anglers areasked to report all tagged fish to the NebraskaGame and Parks. Anglers are required torelease all northern pike caught at bothCunningham and Lake Wanahoo.
Bullheads
 Bullheads provide a great fishing opportunityfor beginners and children because they areeasy to catch and a simple hook and worm is allyou need. Catchable sized bullheads arestocked at state recreation area lakes
LouisvilleNo. 2A
,
Two Rivers No. 6
, and
Two Rivers No.7
.
Rainbow Trout
Although the Omaha metro doesn’t have
cold-water streams that support trout, there isstill plenty of opportunity in and around Omahato catch them. Rainbow trout are routinelystocked at
Two Rivers No. 5, Standing Bear
,
Benson Lake
,
Hitchcock Lake
,
Towl Lake
,
LakeHalleck
, and
CenturyLink Lake (Qwest Lake)
.
Shovelnose Sturgeon
Shovelnose sturgeon, the smallest sturgeonspecies found in North America, are a uniqueand ancient looking fish. Shovelnose sturgeoncan be found in the
Platte
,
Elkhorn
, and
Missouri Rivers
. The University of Nebraska hasbeen researching shovelnose sturgeon in thelower Platte River for the last few years andprovided us with some catch data. Anglerstargeting shovelnose sturgeon should trynightcrawlers on channel drop offs or areas of shallow swift current, and will have their bestchance at
Schillling WMA
, the
Louisville
area,or near
Ashland
. The University of Nebraska isalso conducting a tagging study and asks allanglers to report tagged fish to the phonenumber on the tag.
 
 * 2011 Survey

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