Make the most of late-summer fishing opportunities

There is no doubt that fishing in late summer hits a lull. There is an abundance of natural prey at that time and fish are well fed. However, there are late-summer opportunities that Nebraska anglers should not miss.

Follow the gulls: By late summer, young-of-the-year gizzard shad are on the menu of all predator fish in Nebraska’s largest reservoirs. Open-water predator fish — white bass in particular — take advantage of the abundant shad; and fish feeding activity often can be observed on and near the surface. Veteran Nebraska anglers know to look for those feeding frenzies, especially early and late in the day. Often, a big tip-off to that activity is the melee of gulls feeding on the shad from above while the white bass herd them to the surface from below.

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