A month ago I told you that the walleye fishing in Lake McConaughy had made a “top 10” list, McConaughy Makes Top 10.
Harlan County Reservoir cracked that list at #99. Harlan is typical of our large reservoirs in the state in that water levels can fluctuate dramatically from year to year. Those fluctuations can be hard on species such as largemouth bass because falling water levels leave shallow water cover, ideal bass habitat, high and dry. On the other hand, from time to time those fluctuations result in acres and acres of flooded weeds, willows and cottonwoods and when that happens bass populations boom. In recent years we have experienced one of those booms at Harlan and there has been some excellent bass fishing there. The state high school bass championship was held there in 2013, and it took a 5-fish, 15 pound weight to win that tournament.
The other water body to make the BassMaster top 100 list was Lewis & Clark Reservoir on the Missouri River. Lewis & Clark made that list at #78.
By the way, the 2015 State High School Bass Championship is being held at Lewis & Clark this Saturday!
The weigh-in stage is almost ready!
We saw a couple of smallmouth bass weighed at last year’s high school bass championship at Merritt Reservoir, I am looking forward to seeing a bunch more this year!
I will always tell you that the best bass waters in Nebraska tend to be smaller bodies of water–pits, ponds, small- to medium-size flood control reservoirs. Those waters simply are our best bass habitats as they tend to have more stable water levels, good water quality, and an abundance of shallow water cover, especially aquatic vegetation. The BassMaster’s list is good, but it is biased to large reservoirs. Wanna know what the “real” top 100 bass waters in Nebraska would be? That’s easy, start here: