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#11352817 - 01/17/16 11:41 PM Aggravated in the hill country
JohnButte Offline
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Loc: Lake El Butto, Pearland
I take a vacation in the hill country around this time every year, staying in a cabin on a creek that feeds in to the Colorado river. The first year, I slaughtered the crappie. Ever since then, six years now, it's been minimal. I caught one big crappie in three days this year, applying everything I've learned here and elsewhere. I feel like they are here, but I can't get them going. I've pounded structure, varied depth and color, used hand tied and plastics, scents, nibbles, under spins, floats, you name it. Anybody has suggestions, I would greatly welcome it. Fishing from bank, creek is generally 6 feet deep at deepest, highland lakes area of hill country.

I did catch a nice Guadalupe bass today though.

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#11353031 - 01/18/16 07:56 AM Re: Aggravated in the hill country [Re: JohnButte]
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I fished Lake Tyler yesterday and I couldn't get them to take anything. I've about decided not to waste time going after a front passes through and the forecast is clear skies with light and variable winds.
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#11353241 - 01/18/16 09:49 AM Re: Aggravated in the hill country [Re: JohnButte]
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Originally Posted By: JohnButte
I take a vacation in the hill country around this time every year, staying in a cabin on a creek that feeds in to the Colorado river. The first year, I slaughtered the crappie. Ever since then, six years now, it's been minimal. I caught one big crappie in three days this year, applying everything I've learned here and elsewhere. I feel like they are here, but I can't get them going. I've pounded structure, varied depth and color, used hand tied and plastics, scents, nibbles, under spins, floats, you name it. Anybody has suggestions, I would greatly welcome it. Fishing from bank, creek is generally 6 feet deep at deepest, highland lakes area of hill country.

I did catch a nice Guadalupe bass today though.


maybe take a walk down the creek and look for a little deep hole, bend, ledge, ect where baitfish might be holding. maybe a logjam , laydown log, trashmate, .
what is it exactly that makes you think they are there where you are?
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#11355576 - 01/19/16 09:37 AM Re: Aggravated in the hill country [Re: JohnButte]
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Its a relatively small creek, with a few deep spots/structure, and if there is one crappie, there have got to be more. There are always baitfish in the creek as well, plus there is a fountain at the start of the creek so there will always be flowing/slightly warmer water. It looks like a crappie goldmine, but I can't find the gold.

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#11356073 - 01/19/16 12:44 PM Re: Aggravated in the hill country [Re: JohnButte]
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Try downsizing your bait....
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#11356098 - 01/19/16 12:55 PM Re: Aggravated in the hill country [Re: JohnButte]
JohnButte Offline
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Thanks, used a 1/32 primarily. Tried 1/64 briefly as well.

Is it better to work under a bobber in creeks, or cast and retrieve?

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#11356130 - 01/19/16 01:07 PM Re: Aggravated in the hill country [Re: JohnButte]
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slip cork....
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#11356157 - 01/19/16 01:13 PM Re: Aggravated in the hill country [Re: JohnButte]
JohnButte Offline
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I can do that, thanks.

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#11359917 - 01/21/16 01:29 AM Re: Aggravated in the hill country [Re: palomar]
cbag1 Offline
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Originally Posted By: palomar
I fished Lake Tyler yesterday and I couldn't get them to take anything. I've about decided not to waste time going after a front passes through and the forecast is clear skies with light and variable winds.



I think this is the main problem. We are expecting a small front tomorrow that will have them messed up for a few days.

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