Rick Windham

Outdoors Rick Windham writes about the outdoors from North Platte. He can be reached at RWmedia@atcjet.net

We will start this week by looking west to Lake McConaughy. The lake is at 81 percent full and trending down. Inflows are roughly 1,100 cubic feet per second and 1,600 cfs is flowing out, that’s why there is a downward trend in the lake’s level.

Catfishing in the upper reaches of the lake has been good lately. It slowed down with the cooler weather, but warmer temperatures this weekend will probably revive the action. Cut baits are best. Most walleye anglers are finding fish suspended in middle to upper sections of the lake. Go deep, 30 to 40 feet, with big flashy spinners and/or jigheads tipped with minnows and leeches. I have reports that Salmo lures with red as part of their color scheme trolled deep are showing promise. There has been some white bass activity occurring in the Otter Creek area.

Bank anglers at Lake Ogallala are having a bit more success on trout this week. The Nebraska Public Power District canal below Lake Ogallala is consistently providing the best trout action. Power Bait is catching most of the fish.

At Sutherland Reservoir, white bass and walleye fishing has been slow at the inlet and in the main body of the lake. A few larger walleyes are being taken at the bubble. Catfishing is consistent in the southern half of the lake, particularly around Hershey Beach and in the cooling pond. There has been some top water action on largemouth bass in the evenings along riprap covered banks.

Wiper and white bass fishing at the inlet of Lake Maloney is sporadic. Dawn and dusk times have seen the best action. Live bait is working best. Walleye anglers are picking up a few fish by drifting or slow trolling the main lake in 8-10 feet of water. Do a thorough sonar search around the old Two Tree Island. Minnows and nightcrawlers have been working well recently. There has been some top water action on wipers near the outlet at sundown.

Don’t overlook the Interstate Lakes, especially if you are taking the kids fishing. Iron House Lake has lots of hungry bluegill that are biting anything that comes near them. Birdwood Lake, Fremont Slough and East Hershey lakes have been good producers of a variety of fish.

Here are a couple of events coming up that you may want to put on your calendar:

Brule Gun Show

Dates are Sept. 8 and 9 at the Brule Activities Center, located at the corners of 8th and Oak streets. Doors will open Saturday at 9 a.m. and go to 5 p.m. Sunday times are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5, and it is good for both days. Don’t worry about getting hungry at this show. Food and beverages are available on site, and this show is famous for its homemade pies. There will be a raffle drawing for a Howa bolt action rifle chambered in 6.5mm Creedmoor. Call 308-287-2528 for more information.

FNRA Banquet

After the gun show on Saturday, you can stop in at Ogallala and attend the Friends of the National Rifle Association banquet. The location is at the Platte River Inn, 201 Chuckwagon Road (Interstate 80 interchange). Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. MT with a cash bar. A rib eye dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and an auction will begin around 7 p.m. Funds raised by the FNRA go to promote and support the shooting sports.

Tickets are $30 per person. A sponsor pack will cost $275 and that gives you two dinner tickets, $300 in bucket tickets and chances at exclusive gun draws during the evening.

For more information, or to purchase your tickets, call 308-660-1937 or 308-284-8997. I hope to see you there.

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