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Cedar Creek Lake Reports for March 2020 #13467443 03/11/20 01:03 PM
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Did scouting run yesterday and found fish on three structures - Saint Annes East in 27 fow, Saint Annes West in 19 fow and Long Ridge West in 22 fow. Caught 10 in each spot then moved on. Was lifting Mepps #4 silver up from the bottom about a foot or two and letting it fall back down. Making noise kicking the floor of the boat brought and kept them under me. Water temp is up and ranged from 59.5 to 62.1 degrees F. Checked 3 or 4 other spots and was out from 1 to 3 PM.

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Another great report. Thanks

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Hey DC, good to see you back on the water. How is that new boat working out for you . Thanks for the post. !!!!!!

Re: Cedar Creek Lake Reports for March 2020 [Re: Dennis Christian] #13469170 03/12/20 10:17 PM
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Like the post and yes I have heard the thumping thing before. I was taught growing up to stay still and quiet to no announce your position to fish. The only thumping was pawpaw on my ear if I made noise! Lol

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Yes Sir , don't make any noise !!!!!!!

Re: Cedar Creek Lake Reports for March 2020 [Re: Dennis Christian] #13470884 03/14/20 12:56 AM
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Does the thumping work year round?

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Originally Posted by Danno R
Does the thumping work year round?


Yes sir it does. Usually best when the fish are deeper than 16 ft.


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Re: Cedar Creek Lake Reports for March 2020 [Re: Dennis Christian] #13471261 03/14/20 01:20 PM
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I agree with jbobo, it works year round. I LOVE my new-to-me boat. It looks and acts brand new, but is actually a 2006 model that was not used much - a great buy!

Re: Cedar Creek Lake Reports for March 2020 [Re: Dennis Christian] #13471335 03/14/20 02:13 PM
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Was out yesterday from about 3:30 to 6 PM. I looked at Saint Annes Point East and Flagpole Points and nothing. I did find them at Swing-set Hump, where I ran into Steve Strausmeyer (Sp?) and friends visiting from Lake Whitney area. We fished along side and caught fish. I managed 10 whites and a nice yellow bass in 18 to 20 fow. I probably caught 2 dinks for each countable (legal) fish. When they left to head home I left and found fish at 60 Acre Hump farther up the Clear Creek arm. The notable thing there was that fish were in 14 fow - the shallowest I've found them in since December. I caught 32 countable fish in that one spot plus a bunch of dinks. I hope this is a sign some fish are coming back into the lake from spawning up the creeks. I caught all the fish using the cast out and retrieve back to the boat along the bottom verses setting up directly over them. Still using a #4 silver Mepps plain Aglia spinner.

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Guess we should have followed you to the next spot. Thank you so much for inviting us over to your spot. We (Me , Rob, Lonnie) slipped in, anchored up and immediately caught fish. We watched Dennis work his magic with the Mepps spinner. Great day to be on CC. I left Garland around 7 and it was raining hard. By the time I got to Corsicana it was just a sprinkle and by the time we got to the lake it stopped.

Thank you Dennis for sharing your expertise and lake.

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thumb Nice post Dennis!

Re: Cedar Creek Lake Reports for March 2020 [Re: Dennis Christian] #13475421 03/17/20 05:18 PM
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Great post DC, Thanks

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Great info and great looking boat. I really like those skeeter bay boats!


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Nice boat sir.

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Great post as always. In the interest of sharing as well, searched multiple spots yesterday and finally found a bunch at St. Anne’s East in 15 to 20 feet of water. Fished from roughly 1 to 3 and caught 68 total fish with 3 legal hybrids and 2 unders. All caught on a #4 Mepps casting out and retrieving as Dennis demonstrates in his videos.
All fished released to be caught again.


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I caught limits on Monday and Tuesday this week. They were at Saint Annes point West, Saint Annes Drop-off and 60 Acre Hump. I'm catching more and more big ones - 14 - 16 inches and heavy with eggs. Also catching more with cut marks on them from spawning. On Monday I hooked two big hybrids but both pulled off half way to the boat. That's the first hybrids I've hooked in a couple of months. I believe the fish that went up the creeks are starting to return.

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Hey DC, how deep were you catching your fish . Thanks for the post .

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15 to 18 fow.

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Thanks, DC,

Re: Cedar Creek Lake Reports for March 2020 [Re: Dennis Christian] #13483848 03/23/20 12:58 PM
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Was our yesterday afternoon from 2:15 til 4:45 and caught 41 countable fish - white bass mostly between 10 and 11 inches but a few 14 to 15 inches and a nice yellow bass. Also caught 3 to 4 dinks for every countable fish. Found them at Saint Annes Point West in 20 fow, Saint Annes Drop-off in 20 fow, Campbell's Hump in 17 to 22 fow and Dam Drop-off in 15 fow. Most were caught fishing straight down and a few were caught casting out and working back along the bottom. Still using Mepps #4 silver plain Aglia spinner spinning the blade my moving the rod up or dragging it sideways with bait on the bottom with fish showing on scope. Fish are still hard to see on sidescan - hugging bottom too closely and scattered along bottom. So, like I've been doing lately, I use my sonar to look for little bumps along the bottom, switching back and forth from split screen with map and normal magnification and split screen with normal plus magnified magnification - usually X2 but sometimes X4. Tapping my foot on the boat deck helps bring them and keep them under the boat. Tap lightly in shallower water (15-17 fow) and harder in deeper water (20+ fow).

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DC thank you for the scouting reports.

Today I fished the following locations:
1. Dam Drop off: 18-20 fow. 5 fish vertical jigging in 30 minutes.
2. St. Annes from off, St Annes East and West: could not find them
3. Flagpole: 15 in about 45 minute. 18-20 fow. 1/2 caught vertical jigging. other half caught w cast and retrieve

I agree with DC. They are hugging the bottom in about 18-22 feet. When you pick them up on 2D sonar or down imaging, hit the spot lock and start fishing. You can pick them up on livescope, but hard to see until you start vertical jigging.

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Thanks for the solid post DC, can't wait to get out of Dallas , crazy stuff !!!

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Finally got a chance to make it down here for a few hours, and the wind just calmed down! On the hunt for some whites and hybrids and recommendations?

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I'm getting out somewhere onTuesday. Any issues with getting on the lake?

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I don't think so. Ramps were pretty packed Sunday when I drove past them. Lots of trailors.


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Thank you Rob4!

Re: Cedar Creek Lake Reports for March 2020 [Re: Dennis Christian] #13493963 03/30/20 01:39 PM
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Got out yesterday from 1 to 5 PM on Cedar Creek Lake with friends Ed and Paul. They have been fishing buddies for years and both have switched to the Mepps method for catching white bass in Texas lakes. I had been seeing more signs of fish spawning on main lake points in shallower (9 to 13 fow) water, and the fish there were running bigger than the 10 to 12 inch fish we had been catching in the 18 to 25 fow winter pattern. So that was what we went looking for. We started at Key Ranch Drop-off, marked just a few hugging the bottom in 13 fow and stopped to see if we could catch them. We ended up catching about a dozen good fish there.

Then we moved to Key Ranch North and found even more there including a 19 inch hybrid. We left there with our count up to about 35 (We had to put up with one dink for every 2 good fish). From there we checked out Old Pond Dam, Merimac Point, Kevin’s Point and Carolyn Estates Point and found no fish. Next stop was Pole Dance Point, and we caught another 31 there in 12 to 15 fow.

Our last stop was Saint Annes Point East – not at the tip of it but back toward the shore where the crown of the point was only 9 fow. We caught about 20 more there including two more 18-19 inch hybrids. Our total for the trip was 81 whites, the 3 hybrids and a 16 inch crappie.
A lot of the fish had cuts on them indicating they had been or were spawning. Many of the females still had their eggs. Water temp was 66 to 68 degrees, and we all were using #4 silver Mepps plain Aglia spinners tied directly to our lines. All fish were caught casting away from the boat and working the Mepps back along the bottom. Obviously, I located the fish first then positioned the boat so we could cast to the fish.
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Noteworthy: Many of you know Mike Oser, who had a bait business catering to white bass/hybrid/striper fishermen. Mike got out of the bait business and now designs and maintains web sites – many for fishing guides. Well, for our Cedar Creek Lake white bass tournament and auction last year Mike donated a web design service for our auction. I happened to win the bid, and had Mike completely redo my web site. This is the web site I reference in my signature block. I urge you to check it out for the quality of Mike’s work, and, because in this day and time as we are facing down the coronavirus and its threat to us, the content of the site is particularly poignant.

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Awesome detailed report sir! Glad y’all were able to get out on such a beautiful day and catch some nice fish. Thanks for the report.


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Thanks for the report Dennis. I went out yesterday as well with a not so great of a report as you. Did not go past the spillway area though. Stopped at sunken island and only caught 1 fish. I was marking fish shallow 8 to 10 ft. as well. Moved to the tennis courts and again, marked fish shallow there also. Could only manage a couple of fish there. There was another gentleman there that was catching a few fish. Moved on to Game warden, with no luck there. Last stop was the spillway hump, but no big concentrations of fish that I found. Guess I was not holding my mouth right or something. Marked quite a few fish, but could not seem to get them to bite. I was also using #4 silver Mepps.

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Great reports guys. I am headed that way early Tuesday morning. I don't know the lake or where any of those locations are so any guidance is very appreciated. I plan to fish the main part of the lake... and I have a ttop on my boat. I am planning to launch at the county ramp on the north end of 198. Is that a low bridge like the 334 bridge? Suggest a better ramp if that might be an issue for me. Thank you in advance!

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I may have a move in my future to follow family to be closer to grandkids. I am curious as too the differences between Lakes Livingston and Ceder Creek in your vast experience on both Lakes. When my Daughter and SIL move back from NewYork they could relocate to Austin, Dallas or Houston. I currently have a house on Buchanan but I know nothing about the other two Lakes.
Any info would be great.
Brad

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rebait,

I grew up in Livingston and own a guide service on Livingston and lake Conroe. I have lived in Athens for 15 years and fish Cedar Creek regularly. I'd be happy to offer insights that might be helpful in your decision making process.

I can't speak for him but I believe Dennis will echo this as it was impact-full in his retirement location decision making process.

In regard to Lake Livingston. The Trinity River giveth and the Trinity River taketh away! Lake Livingston is virtually drought proof because of the river but it is VERY flood prone. I don't mean that the lake level rises into yards or homes, but that the lake (like right now) looks like chocolate milk when heavy spring rains flood the river.

Lake Livingston is great catfish and white bass lake

Cedar Creek one of the best all around lakes in Texas

However, I would lean Houston because of the proximity to salt water

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rebait: Both lakes are equally good for white bass and hybrids when the water is clear. That's the problem with Lake Livingston as Chris says. Most years now it seems that the lake muddies up from winter or early spring rains that dump volumes of muddy water into the Trinity River watershed. And it often does not clear up until June or July. So, that kept me from considering it for a place to retire. Cedar Creek Lake is fed by several Creeks and rarely muddies up - at least on the south end. I think it has muddied up twice in the 20 years I have been here and cleared up both times by April.

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Thanks for all the info. I will tuck it away for future use.
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