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Definition of Creek Bend/Channel Swing #13798814 12/08/20 09:00 PM
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In talking with a few of my fishing buddies it seems the definition of a creek bend and/or channel swing can be filed under "how each person interprets" a bend or swing and where it is located in relation to the main lake or creek. So what is your interpretation?

In the first photo below you see where the feeder creek (dotted blue line) comes off of the main creek/river channel and makes a hard right hand bend/turn. But if you look at the main river channel it makes several hard twists and turns. I will tell you that this is at the mouth of a big creek so towards the main lake. So would this be your definition of telling someone you fished a creek bend and/or channel swing?

In the second photo, it is further towards the back of the creek and you see where the feeder creek doesn't really make a hard bend/turn it more or less veers and butts up against a ledge. Would this be your definition of fishing a creek bend and/or channel swing?


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Re: Definition of Creek Bend/Channel Swing [Re: JC Skeeter] #13798865 12/08/20 09:46 PM
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If i was fishing the first picture i would fish the light blue 26 foot circle and the two 27 foot contour lines on the creek
Second picture i would miss and keep going. But that's me

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Re: Definition of Creek Bend/Channel Swing [Re: JC Skeeter] #13799302 12/09/20 03:05 AM
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My interpretation has always been a swing ‘swings’ up against/into the bank or some type of structure whereas a bend is a prominent bend in the creek. That said, I suppose many times they can be the same but not always. I’m curious to hear others takes on this as well


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Re: Definition of Creek Bend/Channel Swing [Re: JC Skeeter] #13799485 12/09/20 12:35 PM
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A bend is a turn
A swing is veering off center


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Originally Posted by BigVes
My interpretation has always been a swing ‘swings’ up against/into the bank or some type of structure whereas a bend is a prominent bend in the creek.


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It is open for interpretation. Swing, bend, drop off, edge, turn...

The good news is that fish can't read and they really don't care what we call it. wink

Re: Definition of Creek Bend/Channel Swing [Re: Bruce's] #13800077 12/09/20 08:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Bruce's
If i was fishing the first picture i would fish the light blue 26 foot circle and the two 27 foot contour lines on the creek
Second picture i would miss and keep going. But that's me


My thoughts exactly as well.


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Re: Definition of Creek Bend/Channel Swing [Re: JC Skeeter] #13800466 12/10/20 01:07 AM
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Is the 2nd pic what some might call a drain or a ditch?

Re: Definition of Creek Bend/Channel Swing [Re: JC Skeeter] #13800490 12/10/20 01:21 AM
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Drains feed channels, so no. It's a creek channel with a couple drains


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The closest thing that fits the description in the top pic is the 2 30' spots just above the 21' hump in the bottom of the pic IMO.

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Originally Posted by senko9S
Drains feed channels, so no. It's a creek channel with a couple drains


^^^this^^^. A creek bend and channel swing are two different features. IMO

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