There’s no denying that I have an affinity for flowing water, rivers and river ecosystems in Nebraska. In fact, I pretty much grew up playing in the waters of the Platte River in southern Sarpy County. And, do you remember this pic from a previous blog post of mine fishing north-central Nebraska’s Snake River this past summer for trout? Like the river rat hat?
See what I mean! So, I guess it’s fitting that my first Nebraska fishing trip of the spring was in a river - the Elkhorn River near Waterloo – where a buddy of mine owns property along its quiet banks.
Being a true river rat, one of the cool things of Nebraska river fishing that I enjoy so much is discovering the signs of wildlife such as the work of beavers.
When it comes to fishing, I’d say the fact that I enjoy most is that you never really know what fish you might catch using good ole nightcrawlers. Could be a carp.
Might be a goldeye.
Could possibly be a freshwater drum.
Oh yes, it may very well be a channel catfish.
You’d thought a river rat would know better than to hold a channel cat like that, right? Wrong!
I want you to keep in mind that Nebraska has some 24,000 miles of rivers, streams and canals so do give strong consideration to becoming a ‘river rat’ and enjoying a river access point available near you!