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Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:00

Explore Those Small Creeks

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Living in Southwest Nebraska for the last 31 years has provided me with some incredible outdoor experiences. The arid climate still passes through its four seasons, with winter freezing most lake surfaces which makes for some dandy ice fishing. For those who love to fish from a kayak, this makes for a long winter if there is no open water. This is where a little exploring and creativity come to play...

Most kayak fishermen are always looking for those treasure laden backwaters and pockets that no human has ever fished, landing fish that lurk in holes created by constant water changes.

dragging kayak through creek

If you are a frequent paddler, there may still be places near where you live that you have never launched or fished. For some, the extreme climate changes make it difficult to hit the favorite spots of the year. Here it is February, and the lakes still have thick ice. But if you have local areas where there is moving water (like the Frenchman Creek just below the Enders Dam in Southwest Nebraska), there is a chance you can find fish without having to drill a hole. This particular creek was flowing with around six inches in most places, which is just enough to float my Emotion “Stealth” in the crystal clear water. Many of these creeks are not very wide, ranging from just a few feet to the width of a normal gravel road.

creek kayak fishing

As you paddle along these narrow creeks, there are small pools of water that tend to hold fish that prey on small creatures looking for protection in the submerged rocks and dead timber. It is usually an exciting adventure not knowing what these waters hold in their limited depths. The paddling is usually fairly easy, but there may be times you have to get out and walk your kayak through very shallow areas. The scenery is usually gorgeous, with miniature waterfalls and beautiful rock formations.

As I floated and paddled in the afternoon sun and brisk north wind, I noticed many large carp suspended in the water where pools formed. I thought it might be worth a try to dip a jig at them. Sure enough, I had a taker! The fish took my bait and started the battle. It didn’t take long to land the 18” fish, and after a quick photo I released it and paddled some more. You may find the same scenarios in your area. Just look where the stream bends - there is usually a small pool that is holding habitat.

creek trout

Be sure you understand the laws regarding floating these creeks, which cross many private lands. You may need to cross under barbed wire fences, which can be very risky in moving water. If there are side roads, you can drive within walking distance of most of these small creeks and find several other fishing holes. You can either launch or fish from shore on most of these fishing gold mines. Once you find a place that looks good, cast the waters - it won’t take long to land a few fish. I tried this method, and found a nice hole loaded with creek chubs and rock bass.

The peaceful and serene landscape provides an environment that brings therapy to the soul. If you are looking for a new adventure, something a little different, try that water you drive by each time you head for those prime waters you fish every day. You might just discover a new passion!

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Kayakjak’s passion for fishing started as a youngster fishing small freshwater ponds in Southern California and combing the area beaches with a surf rod. Growing up as a military child often put him in new environments with unique fishing challenges. He has lived in Nebraska since 1976 and graduated from college with a teaching degree of which he has put to use educating youth the last 31 years there. He also holds a Master Degree in Educational Administration. Marty is very active helping the youth of his community with various programs including a before school program called, “Early Birds” and other various activities including a State Championship Archery team, youth football, basketball, and fishing in schools program. As Nebraska’s only kayak fishing guide Kayakjak will work hard to provide his clients with a “unique” fishing and learning experience.

Marty Hughes (Kayakjak) is a highly respected and very experienced guide with over 42 years of angling experience. He has fished from a kayak for the past 15 years in Southwest Nebraska lakes and ponds. He has been Featured in NebraskaLand Magazine April 2003 and the Omaha World Herald in June of 2005. Kayakjak’s objectives include events for wounded veterans, environmental improvements, and promoting the interest of kayak fishing in the Midwest. He has organized many kayak fishing tournaments throughout Nebraska. Kayakjak's Outfitters offers professional kayak fishing instruction for any experience level. He can tailor guided trips to meet the needs of a complete novice or more advanced kayak anglers. Guided trips include Emotion Kayaks and all the equipment a person would need for a fun, adventure filled trip! Our goal is to provide for advanced kayak fishing instruction and an excellent outdoor experience for our clients. We are very blessed to offer these services in some of Nebraska's most scenic backwaters. "A Unique Experience, Everytime!"

What others have said:

Spring time in Benkleman has its challenges when it comes to fishing. kJ, Marty or KayakJak, take your pick, he'll answer to any of these names. I'm partial to KayakJak. This is a guy who's passion for the world of kayaking and especially kayak fishing is unsurpassed!
I've had the honor and privilege to have spent 2 days kayaking and fishing with KayakJak. As noted above, spring time fishing has its challenges. I've never met KayakJac live and in person. Talked to him a couple of times on the phone and pestered him for information by email and watched several videos of him on Utube. From the first minute of meeting him, I had the feeling that we had been friends for a lifetime. That's what type of guy he is. No hype and no air about him. KayakJak is the real deal, the Indiana Jones of kayak fishing.
Being new to the sport of kayak fishing, KayakJak's approach to the "newbie" was terrific. He's very professional without the stuffyness that sometimes follows a professional guide or instructor.
Talk about going out of his way to make your trip into a lifetime memory, I swear this guy planted some fish so I could experience what it's like to catch a fish from a kayak. While giving me space to practice some of the tips he had for me, KayakJak scouted ahead and found the hiding places of the ever elusive LMB.
Geez- I've just read thru the above, kinda sounds a little hokie and like he paid me to say the things above, no I paid him! And not near enough for what I got!

Jim B.




# smj190 2013-02-20 14:18
Awesome report! Now I have another thing to research and find some very early spring fishing spots!!!

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