I don’t know how long it will take to cool down about the Loup Canal debacle, but I’ll just leave it alone for a few hours or more.

Is something different? I have an old place that had been refurbished a few years ago and is producing good-size bass. Hang on, it’s Timber Point, the lake over by Brainard. The keeper size minimum is 21 inches, but why keep them when they’re that size? It also has muskie. You can only keep one, but ditto.

Around here, Taylor Loseke caught a 5-pound largemouth bass at a private lake.

Youngster Jackson Clark caught an impressive 1-pound, 8-ounce bluegill on leaches. Another youngster, Spencer Shotkoski, caught a channel catfish in the canal that had black spots all over it.

Craig Lambert is still catching Master Angler bluegill, bringing in one that weighed 1 pound, 7 ounces.

One of my favorite tadpoles came in with a fish. He’s done with baseball so now he’s fishing before school starts. Colton Tichota caught a good eater channel catfish on the canal using bluegill for the bait.

Now for another whopper. Alfred Ernst caught a 54-pound blue catfish on the Platte River using a toad for bait.

Here’s an update on our fishing contest, which goes until Aug. 31.

Largemouth bass: Garrett McKenzie, 5 pounds, 14 ounces.

Channel catfish: Zach Noonan, 38 pounds, 8 ounces.

Catfish (all species): The Noyds, 69-pound flathead catfish.

Crappie: Sandra Livhart, 2 pounds, 8 ounces.

Walleye: Brad Schwarz, 7 pounds.

Drum: Tim Cave, 12 pounds.

A reminder that the turtle races are Aug. 20 in Frankfort Square. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. Races begin at 11 a.m. No blinders are allowed, which is a new rule this year and prizes will be given away between races.

Dan Kneifel is manager of Geno’s Minno Mart in Columbus. His column on fishing and other outdoor activities will appear weekly during the fishing season.


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