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#11963597 - 12/02/16 11:19 PM Another good day up the creek
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I launched around 9:30 am Friday morning from Nails Creek SP and headed straight to Yegua creek in search of crappie. Crossing the open lake was a bit bumpy. I almost surfed a few of the waves. I put in the hours fishing the deeper holes of the creek and managed to fill the stringer with crappie, and I caught just as many bass. Most of the crappie were good size with only 3-4 under size crappie caught and released. A roadrunner with curly tail grub caught the most fish, but I also caught fish using a Wally Marshall slabalicious grub. I saw lots of baitfish activity on the surface. An eagle flew off from the big dead tree near the mouth of the creek as I was returning back to the launch. The lake crossing going back was so rough I wet my pants! I paddled against a headwind with waves crashing across my bow. Even with the wind, waves, and wet pants it was a good day to be on the water.





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#11963788 - 12/03/16 07:57 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Success, well done, the wet pants were apparently well worth the enjoyment you had..
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#11963790 - 12/03/16 08:00 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Nice fish.

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#11963800 - 12/03/16 08:09 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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great job. that's a pretty good paddle but well worth it. i almost wet my pants looking at your fish.

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#11963807 - 12/03/16 08:17 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Nice. Those waves are not any fun. You never know what your going to see when you come off the calm waters of Nails or Yegua and enter the open lake.
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#11963975 - 12/03/16 10:02 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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#11964654 - 12/03/16 06:39 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Very cool! That bass is a little football!
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#11964766 - 12/03/16 07:51 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Now this is the kind of report I was watching for.. Thanks for the heads-up and after this flood the whitebass will be up there too!..
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#11965144 - 12/04/16 02:05 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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#11965481 - 12/04/16 10:37 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Excellent!!!! Thanks for the report.

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#11967989 - 12/05/16 05:46 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: hook-line&sinker]
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Originally Posted By: hook-line&sinker
Now this is the kind of report I was watching for.. Thanks for the heads-up and after this flood the whitebass will be up there too!..

I could only watch so many fish tales videos before I just had to go up the creek and try my luck. And now we will all be watching for your reports to show us when the whitebass arrive.

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#11969307 - 12/06/16 11:55 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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The paddle across from Nails SP to the mouth looks to be a little over a mile from google maps, which isn't unreasonable. BUT is there any closer spots to the mouth of the Yegua to launch a kayak?

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#11969538 - 12/06/16 01:53 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: Heath419]
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i believe do to the rains earlier this year, Nails Creek is the closest launch point right now. one at Newman's Bottom is closed.

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#11969562 - 12/06/16 02:03 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Thanks for the info!

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#11970184 - 12/06/16 07:50 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Can anyone drops some pins on a google map for a noob future-kayaker like me to navigate to Yegua Creek? PM if needed. Thanks in advance

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#11970720 - 12/07/16 07:19 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Nice stringer of crappie! I have never been to Yegua. Might need to give it a shot.

Were you fishing brush piles or just cast and retrieve for the crappie?

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#11971288 - 12/07/16 11:23 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Great report and nice creel of Crappie.

What was the average size of the Black Bass you caught? Was that 15" the biggest, or was that the average?

Thanks.

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#11971768 - 12/07/16 04:11 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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The lake has come up a little more than a foot over the last week with a good release from the dam into the spillway. That means the Yegua is dumping lots of floodwater into the lake and that there is current enough to guide the whitebass into the creek. We are setting up very nicely for some great whitebass/crappie fishing this winter and coming spring.
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#11971797 - 12/07/16 04:25 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: KurtActual]
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Originally Posted By: KurtActual
Can anyone drops some pins on a google map for a noob future-kayaker like me to navigate to Yegua Creek? PM if needed. Thanks in advance


I have tried using google maps on my phone and a handheld GPS, but I still seem to miss the mouth of the creek. In the open lake there are some sticks marking the channel but the creek mouth can be a mystery unless you know what to look for. You can drag across a sand bar into the creek channel near an old dead tree. There's also a trot line with a blue jug on it marking the dragover spot. Warning. that trot line is loaded with hooks.

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#11971802 - 12/07/16 04:30 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: Harleyrockstar]
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Originally Posted By: Harleyrockstar
Were you fishing brush piles or just cast and retrieve for the crappie?

All fish caught by cast and SLOW retrieve. The bite was almost undetectable and I lost a few fish due to poor or late hook set.

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#11971822 - 12/07/16 04:42 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: Green Fish]
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Originally Posted By: Green Fish
What was the average size of the Black Bass you caught? Was that 15" the biggest, or was that the average?


The bass were probably 15" average. That 15" bass pulled like a much bigger fish. Catching a large mouth bass on a crappie jig and light tackle is a blast, but I bring a net so I can land bass more quickly. I would use a larger lure and heavier tackle if targeting larger bass. I caught bigger bass on Yegua in October. You can see the big one that got away in my video from that trip.

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#11973425 - 12/08/16 12:02 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Wow...you caught a bunch of Bass in that creek...nice video and thanks for sharing. I've never fished for Bass in that creek but will definitely have to give it a try.

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#11975847 - 12/09/16 06:20 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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The LM bass fishing in the Yegua prior to 2011 was pretty good most any time of the year. The 2011 drought killed the creek and it has taken 5 years and two record floods in a row to rebuild the population to what is now the best bass fishing I've ever seen up the Yegua.

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#11976245 - 12/09/16 11:20 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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That was a really good video of the drought. Amazing how close you got to those pigs.

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#11977563 - 12/11/16 07:10 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Nice fish. Good job. woot

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#11978414 - 12/11/16 05:53 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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thanks for the report

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#11979516 - 12/12/16 08:00 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: hook-line&sinker]
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[quote=hook-line&sinker]The LM bass fishing in the Yegua prior to 2011 was pretty good most any time of the year. The 2011 drought killed the creek and it has taken 5 years and two record floods in a row to rebuild the population to what is now the best bass fishing I've ever seen up the Yegua.

Amazing video footage of your trek across the lake and up the creek. As usual, you find something good (wildlife viewing), in something most would consider all bad (drought). I was working in Alaska 2011 and didn't have to deal with that drought. Thanks for sharing. I hope you keep shooting stuff with that Canon.

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#11981912 - 12/13/16 10:53 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Thinking about kayaking up the Yegua Saturday morning but the weather forecast is really odd.
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#11981936 - 12/13/16 11:03 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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took Monday off and went to Nails Creek SP. i intended to paddle up the Yegua but with a strong headwind and water coming over the top of my yak, i decided to take a left turn and head up Nails Creek instead. ended up catching 15 with a mix of bass and crappie. most caught at the corner where Frog Pond cut meets the creek. brought a couple home for fish tacos

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#11982138 - 12/13/16 12:27 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Dang Someone needs to put the hammer down on some hogs there in the wma!
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#11991357 - 12/18/16 02:39 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Here's a kayak trip up towards the Yegua but detoured into Nails creek about this time three years and two major floods ago.
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#11991373 - 12/18/16 02:48 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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and another trip of us crashing into the Yegua before the lake had recovered from the 2011 drought..

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#11991399 - 12/18/16 03:03 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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And a year later (2013) the lake began the whitebass run a foot or two low just like the year before..

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#11991428 - 12/18/16 03:15 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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and for those that are bank-bound..

2013/2014 was another dry winter so the lake was low at the beginning of the run..

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#11994860 - 12/20/16 10:48 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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I'm going to attempt a kayaking trip up the Yegua Wednesday morning early. The weather is suppose to be very nice and sunny. Might not be the best fishing day but everything else is looking great.
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#11997715 - 12/21/16 09:01 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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We made the run up the Yegua Wednesday and it was one of the best kayak fishing trips I've had in a very long time.. The creek is full of black bass, whitebass & crappie and is producing the best mixed bag of fish in my 16 years of fishing the Yegua.


Edited by hook-line&sinker (12/22/16 06:21 AM)
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#11998173 - 12/22/16 09:11 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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great video. sounds like an awesome day to be out. i was curious, last video up the yegua you cut across a strip of land and this one you searched for the mouth. are the trees you marked no longer there or did you just want to see the mouth of the creek?

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#11998455 - 12/22/16 11:19 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Wow! Great day and thanks for the video. It got my fishing juices going!
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#11998465 - 12/22/16 11:27 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Awesome video! Was hoping to go Monday but they're calling for rain now. We will see.

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#11998538 - 12/22/16 12:07 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: Bayou_Fennec]
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Originally Posted By: Bayou_Fennec
great video. sounds like an awesome day to be out. i was curious, last video up the yegua you cut across a strip of land and this one you searched for the mouth. are the trees you marked no longer there or did you just want to see the mouth of the creek?

john


I missed the mouth of the Yegua because all of the landmarks I've used in the past are gone except the big dead tree. Anytime the lake is above normal level the banks of the creek disappear at the mouth. The over-land shortcut is still marked by the tall dead tree and is the route I'll be taking from now on. It does appear the mouth of the Yegua has silted in even more than last time up. The second record flood brought down much more sediment and dead wood and has changed much of the landscape all the way up the creek. I suggest kayakers do the shortcut and drag yak the fifty yards over shallow water & land to the creek channel instead of searching for the mouth of the Yegua.
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#11998691 - 12/22/16 01:24 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Maybe this will help you find the Yegua!

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#12001292 - 12/24/16 09:10 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Do you need waders to get through the shallows where the Yegua comes into Somerville or will mud boots work?

The Yegua is the one creek I have not been up yet at Somerville. Of course, the times I went up Nails and Birch were back in 2012.

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#12001817 - 12/24/16 02:58 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Hip waders are really nice to have but tall rubber boots should be OK too! It is the depth of the mud that is the problem. When I go again I'm heading straight to the shortcut by the tall dead tree, and if I remember right it is not as muddy there and my dragon yak is pretty light walking

The mouth of the Yegua has changed and we could not even find it on the way out! eek
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#12002758 - 12/25/16 08:12 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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#12005696 - 12/27/16 09:29 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Anyone ever place surveyors ribbons to mark where it is, or is it best kept discreet?
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#12007205 - 12/28/16 10:02 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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#12007224 - 12/28/16 10:11 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: Jimbo]
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Anyone ever place surveyors ribbons to mark where it is, or is it best kept discreet?


It is not a secret anymore wink and yes it has been marked with orange tape over the years but the floods wipe out most landmarks every so often. The hardest part is finding the mouth of the Yegua or following whats left of the creek channel in the lake. I have a lighter yak that is easy to drag over land for short distances so I will take the most direct route to the Yegua.

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#12008403 - 12/28/16 10:29 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Thanks for the videos! When are you leading the next expedition? laugh

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#12008970 - 12/29/16 09:54 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: Jack Enidus]
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Thanks for the videos! When are you leading the next expedition? laugh


I can't say for sure when I'll be up there next.. most trips now days are a "spur-of-the-moment" sort of escape from obligations at home, work or church.. I don't plan much of anything in advance because that just brings on too much disappointment when a fishing or hunting trip gets cancelled. I can escape to the creek or the ranch at a moments notice and that comes with greater excitement & appreciation for the time and effort to do so..

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#12010432 - 12/30/16 05:39 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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I escaped again! wink

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#12012981 - 12/31/16 03:32 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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I fished Nails yesterday because I don't have any tall mud boots.

I caught a nice LMB around 15.5" and a little one around 11". I also snagged what looked like a buffalo and maybe a gasper goo.

Fish were caught on a 1/2 ounce Strike King Red Eye Shad in a Green Ghost Minnow pattern. I tried jigging around sunken timber and also an inline spinner but never got a nibble on those.

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#12013286 - 12/31/16 07:06 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Yakked up Nails again on Saturday.. murdered the crappie and bass.. lost count before the second hour on the creek.. J-Moe did the same.. best fishing I've ever experienced up any Somerville creek. Yegua is also thick with crappie and bass but we didn't need to do that longer paddle to catch a good share of fish. What a way to end the year. smile



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#12016831 - 01/02/17 07:26 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Kayaked Nails again Monday after the storm blew through.. muddied up the creek and shut the fish down.. worked reel hard for very few fish. went from boom to bust. Give it a few days to clear up again and the bite should return.. might even be better wink
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#12017215 - 01/02/17 09:53 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: hook-line&sinker]
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Originally Posted By: hook-line&sinker
Kayaked Nails again Monday after the storm blew through.. muddied up the creek and shut the fish down.. worked reel hard for very few fish. went from boom to bust. Give it a few days to clear up again and the bite should return.. might even be better wink


I was planning to kayak Nails Creek tomorrow. Now I'm wondering if I should go somewhere else (probably Bastrop for bass). Do you think Nails will still be muddy tomorrow?

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#12017436 - 01/03/17 06:17 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Fast moving violent thunderstorms blew through our area early Monday morning dropping enough rain to muddy up the creeks and shut the fishing down. J-Moe and I kayaked Nails creek to find that the crappie bite that was so good two days before had all but disappeared under a flush of fresh water heading to the lake. Even though our holiday creek fishing trip was not the greatest it does set up for brighter days ahead. I don't believe it was enough rain or rise of the creeks to bring up the whitebass but we will find out later this week.. stay tuned sports fans..

Lake Somerville State Park has opened the Nails Creek Unit boat ramp allowing access for kayakers to Nails creek and the Yegua.

For more information on Lake Somerville State Park & Trailway go to http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-somerville

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#12018428 - 01/03/17 03:57 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: hook-line&sinker]
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Wow, you're catching a ton of Crappie and Black Bass on those little jigs. Has any member of your fishing group used Bait Casting tackle and larger lures to specifically target the Black Bass in Nails or the Yegua...or is it pretty much you guys go Crappie fishing and the Blacks are killing the little jigs also?

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#12019567 - 01/04/17 09:31 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: Green Fish]
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Originally Posted By: Green Fish
Wow, you're catching a ton of Crappie and Black Bass on those little jigs. Has any member of your fishing group used Bait Casting tackle and larger lures to specifically target the Black Bass in Nails or the Yegua...or is it pretty much you guys go Crappie fishing and the Blacks are killing the little jigs also?


They tend to be keying on smaller patterns. I tried throwing a big seducer fly hoping to catch a 5 or 6 lber but had less luck than I did with the smaller jig head flies. I also noticed that I had better luck throwing a 2" curly tail grub on conventional gear than I did using a 3" curly tail grub. It sure is cheaper losing a 20 cent jig vs. a $4 spinner bait too, LOL!!!

But there are a few guys catching nice bass on spinner baits. Also, the bass are holding tight to the trees and submerged logs so it might be worth trying a big bass jig around the same structure. I didn't try that.

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#12019584 - 01/04/17 09:42 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: Green Fish]
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Originally Posted By: Green Fish
Wow, you're catching a ton of Crappie and Black Bass on those little jigs. Has any member of your fishing group used Bait Casting tackle and larger lures to specifically target the Black Bass in Nails or the Yegua...or is it pretty much you guys go Crappie fishing and the Blacks are killing the little jigs also?


Several guys, including me, were fishing with more traditional bass baits on Nails yesterday with basically zero luck. Most fisherman on the creek were reporting a slow day overall so you might get better results on another day, but folks were trying TR worms, spinners, etc.


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#12019588 - 01/04/17 09:44 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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By the way, it was great meeting several of the gung-ho College Station/Bryan fisherman on the creek yesterday. Great guys. Very helpful.

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#12019852 - 01/04/17 11:49 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: Bug-e]
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Thanks for the replies and clarification. This has been a very helpful thread with regards to fishing the creeks at Somerville...great stuff...thanks.

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#12020736 - 01/04/17 07:05 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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This time of the year when fishing the creeks I'm pretty specific about what I'm fishing for that being crappie first and bass second.

I have found that when fishing for crappie we will catch just about everything that swims but not so much the other way when targeting just the bass (whites or blacks).

I sum this up to "no hungry fish passes up an easy meal" and those fish that stay tight to cover and don't spook easily will eventually fall for a jig placed right in front of them. The difference I see most often is how quietly you can get to and stay on the fish. Crappie for whatever reason don't seem to spook easily when they are grouped up tight on structure. Same goes for black bass in thick cover, they will hold tight but not bite until things settle back down. Whitebass are very spooky when fresh in the creek from the lake and can be very hard to find holding in one place for very long. I suspect whitebass move up and down the creek more than any other fish and that is why we seldom catch them in the exact same place week to week and season to season. Whitebass also relate better to moving water, which is the difference between the Yegua and all other creeks that feed Lake Somerville.

Last Thursday and again on Saturday the crappie bite was unreal and so was the bass bite but to a lessor extent mostly because we were targeting crappie. From Thursday to Saturday the water went clearer in the upper part of the creek and so the best bite went downstream in the less clear water. Monday blows in wet and wild which muddied up the whole creek by mid-morning and put a damper on the bite overall.

This current cold spell is certainly a game changer but the fish will adjust and so will we. If it rains enough to raise the creeks and lake then the next discussion will be about whitebass..

Thinking back over the times on the creek where we found and caught a bunch of whitebass it was almost always done very quietly with little competition from other fishermen. The best whitebass trips for me personally have been solo and way up a creek as far as I could go. If you notice from my videos I'm seldom on the Yegua much after the start of the whitebass run in late January. I will avoid the whole creek especially on weekends unless I'm leading a group of kayakers for the state park. My time on the Yegua is before the masses arrive to partake in the annual harvest.

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#12020839 - 01/04/17 07:42 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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#12022117 - 01/05/17 12:37 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: hook-line&sinker]
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Originally Posted By: hook-line&sinker
Thinking back over the times on the creek where we found and caught a bunch of whitebass it was almost always done very quietly with little competition from other fishermen. I will avoid the whole creek especially on weekends. My time on the Yegua is before the masses arrive to partake in the annual harvest.

I am a true follower of this fishing philosophy. Take the kayak and go where few others will go. Fishing + Solitude + Wildlife = Good Day. Sometimes two out a three ain't bad either.

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#12022520 - 01/05/17 03:52 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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I've been watching a LOT of your Nails and Yegua creek videos as of late Mr. T.

I just bought my first kayak, and am super excited to get out on the water.

I am probably in the minority, but I fish purely for the fun of it. CPR only.

Thanks for your videos!

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#12025205 - 01/06/17 08:07 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Now that deer season is over I'll concentrate on fishing.. maybe Saturday up the Yegua just for the fun of it.. It would be a no-brainer if Newman's was open but crossing over open water with a stiff north wind ain't good for the complexion!
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#12025360 - 01/06/17 09:37 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Once I build a roof rack for my Jeep, I will be frequenting Somerville. Perhaps we will cross paths and I can thank you in person!

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#12025698 - 01/07/17 06:29 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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I can handle the low temps but not the wind and low temps in the kayak crossing open water to get into the creek. I guess the Michigan Yankee part of my upbringing has finally played out..
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#12025931 - 01/07/17 09:09 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Looks like a redirect is in order.. long hike up the river to parts unknown.. look out piggies here we come.. the fish will have to wait..
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#12026237 - 01/07/17 01:00 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: hook-line&sinker]
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Originally Posted By: hook-line&sinker
Looks like a redirect is in order.. long hike up the river to parts unknown.. look out piggies here we come.. the fish will have to wait..


Looking forward to the video!

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#12027227 - 01/08/17 08:23 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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#12027274 - 01/08/17 08:48 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Yes, what sets many of Ben's videos apart from so many others is they often have that touch of transcendentalism.

Some very good fishing videos are all about technical issues, gear reviews . . . and they are great, too. But a few have this broader perspective like FishTales and TrailTales.

I fully endorse them for: daydreaming about nature, lowering blood pressure, wishing I were there!

More, Ben!

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#12028799 - 01/08/17 09:12 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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J-Moe and I made it back to Nails Creek Sunday afternoon.. The water is certainly colder but I think the creek crappie like it that way.. High barometric pressure, 3/4 moon, southern wind returning and plenty of sunshine did more than raise this old fisherman's spirits wink


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#12029436 - 01/09/17 10:09 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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With the annual whitebass & crappie spawning run underway up the creeks and rivers there are many opportunities to plan and go fishing. Kayaking is by far the best method to access the creeks for crappie and whitebass when they move into tight quarters waiting for warmer & longer days to spawn.

Crappie are the easiest to find in big numbers as they will stack up at certain points along the creeks several weeks before spawning begins. When you find where they are holding it can be ridiculously good fishing both in numbers and size. I’m always surprised when sitting in my kayak right on top of a big school of crappie how tolerant they will be as one by one they are pulled out of the creek. Crappie do not move from good structure and will often be found in the same areas year after year.

Whitebass are a very different matter as they move constantly and tend to be spooky when in the shallows. The creeks that feed Lake Somerville vary in size and more importantly flow and current. Whitebass seek moving water to spawn and the only reliable flowing source of water to Lake Somerville is Yegua creek. The smaller creeks (Nails, Birch, Cedar, Big creek and Jerdelle) depend entirely on floodwater to draw any whitebass into them. So far this winter we have not had the rain in the amount necessary to flood these smaller creeks and bring up the whitebass. All it takes is one good wet week to bring a rise of these smaller creeks and the lake to get the party started.

All that being said, "fishing is still fishing" and we do have many "off" days when the fish simply do not bite! Overall, the last two summers Lake Somerville flooded to record levels and stayed way above normal pool level until the fall. This set up a boom in fish populations and we are seeing the benefit of all that water now when fishing the creeks.

Largemouth bass fishing has been nothing short of phenomenal both in numbers and size. The last 4 miles of the Yegua just above the lake is loaded with chunky largemouth bass like never before.

This kind of fishing does make for some great memories but it is not without effort and sometimes we will put in the extreme effort and have no fish to show for it. But the odds are really stacked in our favor like never before especially for the kayak fishermen willing to venture off the beaten path. This is cold weather outdoor adventure so prepare yourself properly and be safe!

A few of us Brazos Valley Fly Fishers are planning to explore the Fort Parker paddle trail up near Groesbeck / Mexia on the Navasota river Saturday January 14th. Should be a good easy paddle for most anyone with a kayak. Join us if you can! http://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/inland/limestone_bluffs/index.phtml


Edited by hook-line&sinker (01/11/17 02:47 PM)
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#12035543 - 01/12/17 09:36 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Looks like it may be pretty quiet on the creeks this weekend. I'll post a report if go!

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#12037160 - 01/13/17 07:10 AM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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I'd bet no matter where you go on the Yegua this weekend you will not be alone wink
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#12038115 - 01/13/17 05:14 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Thanks for posting.

I've yet to go to Somerville nor Yegua.
Praying I can finally take my kayak and head there this Sunday.
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#12038542 - 01/13/17 10:04 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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#12039865 - 01/14/17 07:37 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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I grew up fishing lake somerville and the yegua, but over the past years have Mosttly saltwater fished, but would like to catch some crappie, my kayak is pretty slow and I'm a little nervous with the length of time it will take me to get to and up the yegua to fishy waters, any suggestions ?
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#12039907 - 01/14/17 08:01 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: Bigriggin]
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Originally Posted By: Bigriggin
I grew up fishing lake somerville and the yegua, but over the past years have Mosttly saltwater fished, but would like to catch some crappie, my kayak is pretty slow and I'm a little nervous with the length of time it will take me to get to and up the yegua to fishy waters, any suggestions ?


welcome

I have a slow kayak too. Nails has been just as good or maybe even better for Crappie. It's a little bit easier paddle.

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#12039963 - 01/14/17 08:38 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Nails Creek might be a better choice as it is about two miles up the creek to some really good fishing. Most often the crappie are holding somewhere in the mile or so below the trailway bridge and above the flag pond cut. Blackbass will be more spread out over the entire creek but as you get further upstream the water clarity improves dramatically! Also something good to know is it doesn't take much rain to muddy the whole creek.
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#12040260 - 01/14/17 11:36 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Thanks J-Moe for the welcome and advice and also thanks Hook-line&Sinker for the advice, moved from Houston to Austin and can't wait to fish when time allows to get to the gulf so very happy to possibly get into some local fishing opportunities.
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#12044197 - 01/16/17 09:08 PM Re: Another good day up the creek [Re: fishr3]
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Lots of rain will swell the Yegua. Lets hope it ain't a Noah's ark like flood !
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