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October Midwest Fishing Report 2012

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Some guys are pulling out there ice gear hoping for some freezing temps in the next few weeks that will ice over most ponds and smaller lakes. The upper Midwest is notorious for its fantastic ice fishing. But for now with lots of open water there is still plenty of opportunity to catch multiple species of fish. Despite the numerous cold fronts and dwindling daylight, those days in between that warm things up can get the Largemouth Bass going in the backwaters.

Nebraska kayak fishing trout

You don’t have to put that “yak” away yet! As I fished a local lake yesterday from my Emotion “Stealth” the water was exceptionally clear and calm. With the recent Trout stockings the Largemouth could be seen patrolling the three to four feet depths in pursuit of a Rainbow “snack.” I caught several Trout using a small Mepps Spinner in these areas. The air temperatures are lowering fast as the days get shorter. The water temps are approaching 50 degrees in most ponds and lakes.

Nebraska kayak fishing bass

We are still catching Largemouth Bass, Smallies, Wiper, White Bass, and Walleye in good numbers by targeting with specific lures. It depends on your location and what area you fish but around here we have had success on slow moving cranks, suspended jerk baits, and jigs or spoons. Plastics can be effective as well fished “Texas Rig” style. Some fishermen are even harvesting live Shad with a cast net and using them for bait. The water clarity at the local larger lakes is not as clear with visibilities of less than one foot. Any pond spring fed will be very clear.

Nebraska kayak fishing crappie 2

Nebraska kayak fishing crappie

The Crappie are in a full blown bite along the borders of structure in 5-9 feet of water. We have been landing many in the 10-12 inch range using Crappie Jigs. Red/Green or Yellow/White are the favorites from our kayaks.

There are many who are jigging the depths with slab spoons and large jigs. This can be done effectively if you can find the baitfish. The imitation of a dying Shad can get a good bite from the Walleye or Cats below the bait fish. So don’t put that fishing kayak away yet! Enjoy the golden Fall colors and the serenity of the outdoors while fishing from your kayak.

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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.



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