I hope everyone had a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend. Weather was a factor for some, but lots of people seemed to be out enjoying the parks and getting on the water.
Water temperatures are gradually increasing and so is successful fishing on the area waters.
Maybe the most often asked question now is, “Where are the walleye biting?”
Well, the biggest news may be that the Sutherland inlet “turned on” during Memorial Day weekend. Lots of walleye and white bass were caught by eager anglers.
Kastmasters were doing well but a variety of baits and lures were being used. Live bait seemed to have the edge.
Out in the main lake, Lindy rigs with live bait were doing well for walleye, as were deep-diving crankbaits. A lot of the wipers are being caught on that tackle too.
Catfish are most active in the Sutherland cooling pond and are being caught on cut bait and prepared blood baits.
Walleye angling is strong at Lake McConaughy. Trolling in northern bays from sunset to sunrise has been producing some nice catches. Large crankbaits and jigs have been top producing baits for walleye anglers.
Lake Ogallala and the NPPD canal are producing some good trout action. Worms, salmon eggs, Power Bait and Kastmaster lures have been working well. I really like using Kastmasters in the North Platte River below Lake Ogallala. There are several rock weirs across the river in the first mile or so. These weirs create “pools” where the trout hold up and can be great places to fish.
Lake Maloney had a decent walleye bite going during the weekend. Anglers out in the main lake were using small crankbaits east of Scout Island in 10-12 feet of water.
Worms seemed to be the best bait in the outlet area. One of the best catches I saw was by Linda Irons of Lincoln. She hooked a 19-inch walleye off of the south side of the jetty near the main boat ramp.
Below the outlet gate, walleye, smallmouth bass and wiper were keeping anglers busy. Use worms for the walleye, yellow and chartreuse jigs for the smallmouth and small crankbaits for the wiper.
The Tri-County canal also has a good walleye bite below the checks in the eddy currents. Smallmouth bass can be found along the canal in the riprap.
Jon Bauer, up at Merritt Trading Post, tells me that the walleye fishing is good that there has been some musky and northern pike action. Merritt is known as a place to use leeches for bait. A slip-bobber set up in 6-10 feet of water.
The lower areas on the Snake River arm of the lake has been good for walleye.
Big spinnerbaits along the face of the Merritt dam have produced some big catches of northern and musky. I’d use the same tactics and techniques up in the shallows of the Powder Horn arm.
If you are looking specifically for wiper, look toward Medicine Creek, Elwood Reservoir and Lake Maloney.
Maloney has a lot of wiper that I think will be coming on strong as they gain in size. Twenty-plus inch wipers are being caught regularly Medicine Creek and Elwood. Big diving crankbaits and slab spoons are best for getting the biggest fish.