Hey guys I'm interested in fishing the white bass run this year. I've never fished for white bass but I've heard about the numbers you can catch and I want to fish it this year. I have a couple questions if you don't mind answering some or all.
When does the run usually start? Where are some good spots in the dfw area? What gear(rods, lures, jigs, etc.) do I need? Where will the fish be?
Rowlett Creek East Fork Trinity River when the gates are open Hickory Creek Parts of the Elm Fork Trinity. White Rock Creek
Below is a cool underwater video of the white bass swimming around in the creek
7 ft med action fast tip 4-6 lb line with 4 lb recommended ( I use Berkeley Trilene XL ) Polarized Glasses r a must Lures: small 2 inch bobber with a 1/32-1/16 th oz jig heads/ small plastic jigs like Zoom Tiny Fluke in Albino, silver, black- for night time, anything that looks like a minnow or some kind of critter they should eat it. rapalas, a must is 1/16 th and 1/8 oz Road Runners in white/ chart/ silver.
You can also fly fish for them
The fish can travel up the creek systems as long as there's water for them to move in. They can go up Rapids an inch deep if they want. I see them get on their sides and flip up in the shallows to the next pool. If your knee deep, you're probably standing in an area where they swim. There will be a bunch of posts About this topic within a month. I will conduct a seminar on this very topic within the month as well. Trying to nail down a date for a seminar at bass pro shop in Garland.
Tarpon Fly has even been known to help total strangers on the creek shores that are skunked and see truckloads of fish coming out of the water for every angler around them! i have a buddy he helped on Creek X maybe couple years ago, who went from zero to hero as soon as T-Fly gave him an on the water lesson and left. He still talks about it to this day. And now during the runs, he doesn't go home empty handed any more. May not limit out, but he doesn't get skunked either. I strongly urge you to attend his seminars once the date or dates are set.
It's worth every word he utters, lol.
BTW, T-Fly, in the list of must haves for successful white bass trips in a creek, you left out 1/6th oz. Rooster tails, and 1/8th oz. Blue Fox Fliptails. That is virtually all I use and do rather with those!
Good advice from these gentlemen. There are already a lot of white bass pushed very far up any major tributary of all the lakes in the DFW area. This late fall bounty of rain has a strong early move underway. Or perhaps these fish moved up last summer with the heavy flows. One way or the other, they are definitely there now.
My favorite all-round bait for stream whites is a 1/16 ounce plain ballhead jighead with a wide gap light wire hook, with the barb mashed, fished with a 2 or 2 1/2" white curlytail grub. The larger bait will give a slower sink rate. Fish it slow along the bottom, almost like working a Texas-rigged worm for bass, but keep it just off the bottom. I prefer a 5 1/2' light action rod with 6 pound line and spinning gear. Lift, settle, lift, settle....THUMP. If you have not caught a fish in 5 or 10 minutes, move to a different spot.
Lol @ Rudy. I'm so used to throwing road runners for the Striper right now, I added it into this list. Yes 1/8 th rooster tails in white/ silver/ chart are top three colors. Bass pro has sales on them a lot. $1.50 usually.
Like Tony says, in a way. The males are migrating up the creeks first eagerly waiting on the females to arrive. The females and bigger males show up when the temps hit 57-60 degree and the female will drop all her eggs in one go and all the males are there to fertilize the eggs. The female usually heads back to the main lake within 5 mins or 1-2 days. Males will stick around waiting for the next run of females. After every flood a new batch of sand bass run up the creeks in force.