Fishing the Metro Guide

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NEBRASKAland Magazine • FISHING the METRO Towl Park Pond 1 acre- West Center and 93 rd streets (enter at Paddock Road traffic light). Bluegill, channel catfish, green sunfish, largemouth bass and seasonally stocked rainbow trout. Notes: Towl is a small, scenic lake that can't be seen from West Center Street. If you've never pulled into the parking lot you wouldn't even know it was there. Teach a young one fly rod basics at this lake where the panfish aren't too picky. Walnut Grove Park Pond 1 acre- Q Street across from Millard South High School east of 156th Street. Bluegill, channel catfish and largemouth bass. Notes: A beautiful setting amongst mature black walnut trees, this little pond is small but a sleeper you must fish. Fishing For All Many of the following waterbodies are Omaha fishing staples. However, consider some of the ones you haven't fished before, because there are some gems on this list. Each of these destinations is open to all anglers. Carter Lake 315 acres- In Levi Carter Park at Abbott Drive and Carter Blvd near Omaha's Eppley Airport. Bluegill, channel catfish, common carp and largemouth bass. Features concrete boat ramps, a wheelchair-accessible pier and a lake contour map available at OutdoorNebraska.org. Open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Special Restrictions- All boats allowed, but regulations specify that the east arm has a no-wake, 5 mph speed limit. Notes: A rehabilitation project is in full swing at Carter Lake, but while under construction the fishery is already established and open. Carter will be a very productive fishery far into the future, with excellent water quality, improved angler access and increased aquatic vegetation. Don't shy away from the vegetation during the summer months, however. While more challenging to fish, exploding bass and bluegill populations have made it very worthwhile. Glenn Cunningham Lake 390 acres- 96 th and State streets. Bluegill, bullhead, channel catfish, common carp, crappie, largemouth bass and walleye. Features concrete boat ramp, camping opportunities, and a lake contour map available at OutdoorNebraska.org. Open 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Special Restrictions- Boats restricted to 5 mph (no wake). Notes: Renovated in 2007, Cunningham offers anglers the opportunity to catch numbers, with an occasional big fish. Breakwaters (jetties) allow bank anglers to take advantage of fishing-holding structure on both sides of the lake. Walleye and aggressive largemouth bass are available, and the lake is known as a great carp fishery, making Cunningham a great multispecies option in the metro. There is also an adjacent wetland to Cunningham on the north side of Highway 36. While shallow and sediment- laden, there is bank and john boat/float tube access just north of the Highway 36 and 92 nd Street intersection. Lastly, Papio D-4 is also nearby, located on the west side of 92nd Street across the street from the wetland. Lake Halleck 4 acres- East of South Washington (84th) Street on East Lincoln Street in Papillion. Bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass and seasonally stocked rainbow trout. Special Restrictions- Bank access only. Notes: Halleck is the perfect walk-around lake for folks of all ages. Frequent Nebraska Game and Parks Commission- sponsored family fishing nights are held here due to accessibility and ability to catch fish. Quality largemouth can be found at multiple Omaha hotspots. Multiple breakwaters at Glenn Cunningham make this lake a perfect camp-and-fish destination for families in the metro. T 1 ● 6 W 1 ● 7 C 315 ● 8 G 390 ● 9 L 4 ● 10

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