Alright guys so this weekend I ventured of to find a creek and hopefully find some early spawning white bass or winter creek crappie. I have been reading many post that this time of year is best for fishing creeks. Never have I done this. I fished some fallen trees like these:
Ended up with only these dinks this creek is full of these suckers, also hundreds of carp and buffalo. I mean hundreds never seen anything like it before
Anyways I ventured about 2 miles from where I parked and it got more and more erie as I walked further. Felt like i was being watched. Then i spotted these which did not help the situation at all. Had to keep looking over my shoulder after every cast. Am I being a sissy? Either big cat or big coyote?
Anyways creek was a bust, went here instead with a family member
Cuz ended up catching these, biggest 14'', I only caught one
Im pretty upset all my research and info on TFF didn't pay off
Loc: Universal City Tx.
Try catching those Carp. They are some super fighters! Also keep in mind that some creeks may not be suitable for Crappie or White Bass depending where they are located and the water conditions. Try to target what fish that are there. Just my two cents.
Side Note: Nice fish! Good job on finding some!
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Actually it looks to me like you took the info and research and the tff post to good inspiration and went on a good hike and was productive! Maybe not how you wanted but to me I think you had a good day!! One thing I have learned following all the craziness everyone talks about on here is if you don't put yourself out there you will never learn! In my opinion your research did pay off! You saw what to target and while it didn't produce what you wanted it did produce fish! Your on the right track! Right now these creeks are wierd. I have found a lot of creeks right now are dead and low or flooded and dead. It's a wierd season very hit and miss. At least you made up by hitting the dam as they have produced all over north Texas! I still think we are a touch early for the spawn but am thinking it will really pick up with this warm up this weekend! Till then keep doing exactly what your doing and it will pay off in better ways! A line in the water will always be better than your hand on a mouse!
Creek fishing for crappie and sandbass is something that your not going to go out on your first trip and tear them up. It takes several trips to figure them out. It took me numerous trips learning the creeks I fish before I even got a bite. Don't give up and one thing I can say is that location is everything.
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The track pics look to be a bobcat. Don't worry much about them. Often if not always, they'll catch your scent and do all they can to avoid you. If you see one, respect it's space and stay away. If its starts to make threats, make yourself look big as possible and make lots of noise. A few years ago, I was bank fishing in a creek cove (INSIDE Houston city limits). It was nice and quiet. I turn my head to the left, and a bobcat was there no more than 30 feet from me. I didn't even hear it walk in. Surprisingly, he was ignoring me the whole time. I think he stalking the bank for any perch to swim by and him to snatch up. He was gone within 2-3 minutes. I wish I could've taken a pic. It was pretty cool.
But like others have said, that would be a memorable trip.
@Jasoniam- Thanks for the motivation man, honestly I'd rather be out there scouting around wetting a line than sitting on my rear watching tv bored at home! Hopefully you're right about them producing in a few weeks, guess we're just going to have to wait and see!
The paw prints did seem fresh as well. As you can see in the second paw picture I noticed that the mud was pressed down to the same degree as my foot print. Probably passed 30 min to an hour before I did. Glad to hear that they are bothered by human scent!
Ill just say this guys I was fishing a creek on the east side of lake Lewisville. I found a real secluded area, saw no indication of other people ever being there (no trash, lines, or lost jigs) so I kind of wanna keep it to myself but here of some pics of the carp, they come up to the surface every 20 seconds or so (3rd and 4th pic). Seems as they would inhale every leaf that would fall from the trees onto the surface. Couldn't get a good pic of the buffalos since the wind was blowing and causing riffles. Biggest I witnessed was probably two and a half, but I'm sure there is a monster lurking around. There would be a school of ten carp, walk twelve feet downstream and another school! I walked for 2 miles so you get the picture, like I said hundreds!
Hey man your looking good at finding them creeks!! Any normal year of fishing you'd be in great shape this is a wierd year though!! Keep it up your on the right track!!! Now just get away from the carp lol!!!