Warm, Saturday morning for fishing at Branched Oak Marina Bay area, started out seeking Crappie off the breakwaters, found small fish biting minnows but nothing to brag about! Fun to catch and release small Crappies on light tackle. Change up, looked for Fiddler Catfish and tried a variety of baits - leeches, minnows, Canadian nightcrawlers, and shrimp on jigs and Satra Special rig.. Picked up 3 fiddlers on these Catfish fodder. Also caught 3 small F. Drum that seemed to like the jigged crawlers! Trip was a good one to work on getting outdoors and some good sunshine for mental health, a needed break from cutting pasture cedar trees. Always an adventure on the water! Checked for fall Bolete mushrooms on my way home, again, none found, I won’t give up!
The purpose for going to Branched Oak was to look for shad and active crappie beneath. I found both but no action on live minnows and jig raps! Good news the boat still runs good at trolling speeds! Three and a half hours of slow fishing here was enough for me and the crazy’s with the noisy power boats and jet ski’s nuts are starting to overload the boat ramp, time to take my punches and go home! Checked for fall mushrooms on my way home at one spot - none yet!
Once I found some fish interested in biting, it became an interesting morning with a “mixed bag” of fish species. I caught a 22.5" walleye, crappies, F. drum, G. sunfish, bluegill, bass, white perch and numerous C. cats! And it was a sunny day so of course......I got a little sun and wind-burned (always wear the sunscreen! must reapply the stuff, once in the morning don't cut it) As the morning progressed the lake started getting really busy with people and boats but it was a great trip north of Lincoln to Branched Oak.
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