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Winter structure fishing on north Texas lakes #13850789 01/18/21 03:31 PM
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I have structure fished several winters now for whites/hybrids on Cedar Creek Lake and have had good success. I have been able to find fish hugging the bottom on structures ranging from 14 fow to 28 fow and catch them either casting or jigging a Mepps #4 spinner. This past Saturday SeaPro Todd and I fished Lake Tawakoni, and my objective was to see if I could find and catch fish on structure there like I can on Cedar Creek Lake. While there, we also dead-sticked in several places. The result - we got skunked. No fish of any size and only got 2 bumps.

This leads me to wonder if Cedar Creek is the only north Texas lake where whites/hybrids are catchable on structure in the winter. (I fished Cedar Creek yesterday and caught 25). The water temp at Cedar Creek is 49.5 F now. At Tawakoni Saturday it started at 47.5 and ended at 49 about 5 PM. So, my question to TFFers is: Are there any other north Texas lakes where folks are able to catch whites/hybrids on structure in the winter with temps in the mid 40s to low 50s? I like the variety of fishing other lakes, but, after the Tawakoni experience, I'm wondering if it is worth the effort to try structure fishing at any other lakes this winter.

Friend Paul yesterday with nice sandie structure fishing in 23 fow at CC Lake:
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Re: Winter structure fishing on north Texas lakes [Re: Dennis Christian] #13850846 01/18/21 04:10 PM
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You might give lake fork a try

Re: Winter structure fishing on north Texas lakes [Re: Dennis Christian] #13850952 01/18/21 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Dennis Christian
I have structure fished several winters now for whites/hybrids on Cedar Creek Lake and have had good success. I have been able to find fish hugging the bottom on structures ranging from 14 fow to 28 fow and catch them either casting or jigging a Mepps #4 spinner. This past Saturday SeaPro Todd and I fished Lake Tawakoni, and my objective was to see if I could find and catch fish on structure there like I can on Cedar Creek Lake. While there, we also dead-sticked in several places. The result - we got skunked. No fish of any size and only got 2 bumps.

This leads me to wonder if Cedar Creek is the only north Texas lake where whites/hybrids are catchable on structure in the winter. (I fished Cedar Creek yesterday and caught 25). The water temp at Cedar Creek is 49.5 F now. At Tawakoni Saturday it started at 47.5 and ended at 49 about 5 PM. So, my question to TFFers is: Are there any other north Texas lakes where folks are able to catch whites/hybrids on structure in the winter with temps in the mid 40s to low 50s? I like the variety of fishing other lakes, but, after the Tawakoni experience, I'm wondering if it is worth the effort to try structure fishing at any other lakes this winter.

Friend Paul yesterday with nice sandie structure fishing in 23 fow at CC Lake:


They hang out around structure in the Brazos. Especially humps and holes.

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Re: Winter structure fishing on north Texas lakes [Re: Dennis Christian] #13850955 01/18/21 06:03 PM
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Ray roberts is notorious for large schools of whites on deep structure this time of year

Re: Winter structure fishing on north Texas lakes [Re: Dennis Christian] #13851664 01/19/21 05:01 AM
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I went out briefly this afternoon and ran into a big school in 18 to 19 fow.

This pic shows fish on both sides of me and under me in 19.3 fow and water temp at 51.1 F:
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This pic shows fish to my right and under me in 18.5 fow and water temp at 49.4 F:
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After finding these, I caught this 14 inch sandie on first cast:
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Re: Winter structure fishing on north Texas lakes [Re: fishin'aholic2] #13851668 01/19/21 05:08 AM
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I've never fished Ray Roberts but have wanted to. Thanks for the info.

Re: Winter structure fishing on north Texas lakes [Re: Dennis Christian] #13851789 01/19/21 12:54 PM
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I have focused more on catching striper this winter but the past couple of years I have had good success catching white bass on deep structure at Lake Whitney during the winter. Summer months I have a hard time catching white bass at Whitney on structure. Opposite at Lake Waco, winter structure fishing for me is no good but warm water structure fishing is fantastic most of the spring, summer and fall.

Re: Winter structure fishing on north Texas lakes [Re: Dennis Christian] #13851958 01/19/21 02:47 PM
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So far, I have two other lakes to try - Ray Roberts and Whitney. Can anyone be more specific about where the deep humps are and what depths you caught them in? Thanks in advance.

Re: Winter structure fishing on north Texas lakes [Re: Dennis Christian] #13852057 01/19/21 03:52 PM
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Went yesterday and we caught about 30 , all but 2 Black's about 3lbs were sandbass. There is not much structure like on cedar creek but with the winds as high as they were we went to a lake that was manageable with the white caps. Just goes to show everyone has bad day's ,good luck and good fishing.

Re: Winter structure fishing on north Texas lakes [Re: Dennis Christian] #13852170 01/19/21 05:35 PM
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Dennis, PM sent.

Re: Winter structure fishing on north Texas lakes [Re: Dennis Christian] #13852215 01/19/21 06:08 PM
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Hey Dennis , Thanks for the update on CC, what structure on your map did you find that big school , great screen shot. Thx

Re: Winter structure fishing on north Texas lakes [Re: Dennis Christian] #13852238 01/19/21 06:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Dennis Christian
... This past Saturday SeaPro Todd and I fished Lake Tawakoni, and my objective was to see if I could find and catch fish on structure there like I can on Cedar Creek Lake. While there, we also dead-sticked in several places. The result - we got skunked.


There goes my reputation DOH! Thought we were not supposed to tell anyone?? nuts
I also wanted to show DC a good twok DS, trip where football hibbies ( and pesky football sandies too) , follow under your boat for hours and hours but that didn't happened either. Doh! bang

Good info thread, DC! You are always learning and sharing and absolutely amazing person. Lov ya, DC angel

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Oh I went to bigT yesterday MLK day and got skunked too after 7 hrs of fishing. Bad weekend here and might as well let it all out roflmao

Re: Winter structure fishing on north Texas lakes [Re: Dennis Christian] #13852386 01/19/21 08:23 PM
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I wish I had more info on the RR structures but I don't have a boat. I just see everyone out fishing deep offshore on bottom this time of year.

Re: Winter structure fishing on north Texas lakes [Re: Dennis Christian] #13853343 01/20/21 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Dennis Christian
So far, I have two other lakes to try - Ray Roberts and Whitney. Can anyone be more specific about where the deep humps are and what depths you caught them in? Thanks in advance.



Navionics.com will help you find humps, holes, points etc.

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