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Need 2-3 weeks before the creek will start getting good, nothing at this point.

Launched the Big boat, attached the suzuki to the back and trolled from the ramp to about 1/4 mile above the 377 bridge. Nothing, and a whole lot more of nothing. No shad balls seen at all, not much of anthing. Only interesting thing was, I saw a ton of fish in a specific area. On the way back I stopped and fished for a bit, they were not sand bass. Gar, and I mean stacked like cars in a parking lot. It looks like the gar all converged to this spot to stop the run. It is amazing. I will attach pictures from the area. Some of the fish were aligned side by side, and I found that I could cast over them and occasionally snag them.. Caught many gar and one carp on 6lb test and it was fun, none of the gar survived.. Caught a couple gar that were bigger than my leg, pure power that put up a great battle.. But as for the run, nothing yet.. If anyone can tell me how to get the recordings off the Hummingbird I will share. All I can get is the snapshots. Recorded the side image from the boat launch to the 377 bridge..

Safety: There is a spot just up from the boat ramp, when you take the first left going up. There is a big tree in the middle of the creek, I eased to the right side and bumped something. It was not there last year. If you run you will likely take out a lower unit. I had the big motor part way down and it bumped. The google map shows it out of the water but it is not at this time. Last year it was the deep side. ALSO: The railroad bridge at 377 is a bad spot as well. It is about 3 feet, and i bumped there as well. Do not run under the 377 bridge or the railroad bridge.. Something is hung up on the pillars.

I am still rendering the video, but might add some highlights in this later.

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All the pix below are from the Gar spot.. snagged a carp and a bunch of gar with jigs I use for sandbass. But they have wicked sharp hooks. Note: Except for this spot, it looked like the creek was a ghost town.

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thanks for the update. i went up right when the cold front hit, before the snow and there was what I believed to be a small sunken jon boat east of the 377 bridge. got skunked too.

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It's about to pop off. like this weekend.

Last year we were crushing them in march up until the flood.


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Those gar are there every year. Everything is about 2 weeks behind last year.

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That looks like a buffalo fish.

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Great pics and insights! Thanks for sharing.


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Originally Posted by Piscivore
That looks like a buffalo fish.


I also thought it looked like a buffalo, then I had to take a second look. Almost looked like a bull shad, but its mouth was so small. Never seen A gold colored buffalo but you may be right. It didn't have the typical carp mouth..

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Looks like a quillback

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The colors can be different but the two biggest takeaways are the downward pointed mouth and the lack of barbels.

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Thanks for the great report and like some of the other guys have said it's probably 2 weeks and maybe 3 behind a typical season run.

I recall a few years in the past when they were still running good in mid-April but we'll see what develops as we finally get into a warming trend.



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Originally Posted by TxDanFishMan

Thanks for the great report and like some of the other guys have said it's probably 2 weeks and maybe 3 behind a typical season run.

I recall a few years in the past when they were still running good in mid-April but we'll see what develops as we finally get into a warming trend.


From my experience the first half of April is peak. March, while good, is not the actual peak.

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That gar spot is called "gar alley" for a reason

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I plan on going out today 4 ish, and go west but not all the way to the river and see what I can find.
I need to see if the boat even floats, since she has sat for 6 weeks.

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Originally Posted by prosise
Need 2-3 weeks before the creek will start getting good, nothing at this point.

Launched the Big boat, attached the suzuki to the back and trolled from the ramp to about 1/4 mile above the 377 bridge. Nothing, and a whole lot more of nothing. No shad balls seen at all, not much of anthing. Only interesting thing was, I saw a ton of fish in a specific area. On the way back I stopped and fished for a bit, they were not sand bass. Gar, and I mean stacked like cars in a parking lot. It looks like the gar all converged to this spot to stop the run. It is amazing. I will attach pictures from the area. Some of the fish were aligned side by side, and I found that I could cast over them and occasionally snag them.. Caught many gar and one carp on 6lb test and it was fun, none of the gar survived.. Caught a couple gar that were bigger than my leg, pure power that put up a great battle.. But as for the run, nothing yet.. If anyone can tell me how to get the recordings off the Hummingbird I will share. All I can get is the snapshots. Recorded the side image from the boat launch to the 377 bridge..

Safety: There is a spot just up from the boat ramp, when you take the first left going up. There is a big tree in the middle of the creek, I eased to the right side and bumped something. It was not there last year. If you run you will likely take out a lower unit. I had the big motor part way down and it bumped. The google map shows it out of the water but it is not at this time. Last year it was the deep side. ALSO: The railroad bridge at 377 is a bad spot as well. It is about 3 feet, and i bumped there as well. Do not run under the 377 bridge or the railroad bridge.. Something is hung up on the pillars.

I am still rendering the video, but might add some highlights in this later.

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All the pix below are from the Gar spot.. snagged a carp and a bunch of gar with jigs I use for sandbass. But they have wicked sharp hooks. Note: Except for this spot, it looked like the creek was a ghost town.

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Wow! Sweet pics!

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Well a dead cranking battery when I got to the ramp. So a no report from me.

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Had grand intentions of using the 360 on the canoe, but it doesn't work if it thinks it is in shallow water. Took the canoe out of Trophy Club park and went up to Henrietta Hole. Above the 377 bridge it has changed so much, the creek is angry and will grab your lower unit out of the blue. It is flat out dangerous unless you are running a jet. Biggest surprise is about 3/4 mile above the 377 bridge. There is a massive chunk of concrete on the south side of the creek, between this and the north bank is a big old solid tree. (Right in the middle) you were warned
It is pretty shallow and I rubbed gravel several times in the canoe using the 2hp suzuki
There were at least 6 boats up the creek between the 377 bridge and Henrietta Hole. The Hole is not accessible by boat, the water is too shallow. I drug the canoe up, and scanned the hole and there were fish. Saw several people close to the hole who had caught a few. As I was pulling my canoe up the water to get to the hole, there were three men who had been there since the morning. One had about 15 chunks, others has about 5 or 6. Two gents fishing the point that goes to elizabeth creek had about 30. (This was about 12:30pm). I paddled up above the hole to the first bend and tied off on the wall. Fished a jig for a while with no takers, changed to a (tiny-trap) and it was on. I could change back to the jigs and nothing, pickup the other rod with the tiny-trap and would catch fish. The trick is you have to basically drag the bottom with the tiny-trap and they would bite. Videoed the whole thing, will try and get some footage up. Caught all males, and some were really nice. All released, no idea on count but will try and get a number from the video. I fished about 60 yards of water from 1pm-4pm and caught a bunch of fish.. Video will explain better, prob 4 fish for every 7 casts on average.. Some spells of every cast.. The fish were on the shallow banks with rocks, bump the gravel with the tiny-trap and they would bite.. On my way out I fished every sandbar up to the water discharge creek for the water treatment plant and caught fish with the tiny trap. Even with people on the bank not catching, i could pick one up. The fish are up in the shallower water. I prob had three easy limits between 1pm and 4pm. There are allot of people up there but they are fishing with bobbers, and jigs. Nobody had any count.. I had my long pole to retrieve hung up lures so I was brave with the tiny trap.. (Important thing, the banks up here have that clay silt layer that it slick as glass, so if you walk up wear good boots. You are going to get real muddy, its pretty bad mud up there.. Good luck, please pack your trash out, and get your kids on some fish.. Remember, bump the bottom. If you have anything to help with hang-ups take it. 8 miles up and 8 miles down in the canoe using 3/4 gallon of gas.

Coming down from I35 would be work, but interesting. I seriously wouldn't take a boat up there.. John boat with a small motor, or the like would be good.. You will have to pull up some shallow water.. The creek is lower than I expected up there. And yes I am a redneck, probably only canoe in the DFW area with a helix 12, mega 360, and my old lowrance.. The old lowrance has some good waypoints on it.. Not using it on the big boat so it is now on the canoe.



It is still real early, not much of anything near 377 bridge.. will get better in the coming weeks.. I might go up once more this week, but will likely bass fish for some big girls until it gets closer.. If you have any questions shoot me an instant message.


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This picture shows where I had the canoe (yellow mark) casting to the shallow side of the creek (green marks)
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Hope to get some video, but may have problems with its size..



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First I want to encourage that you should be sharpening your hooks.. If I miss a fish I touch up the hooks, it makes a big difference. If you are pulling out the lure and fishing it until you loose it, your missing allot of fish.. This is a rush edit, not wanting to spend much time as there is too much info.. Battery ran out and that is the "beep" you hear in the end.. I caught about 12 more on the way down on the rock beds. Take care all, going up and fishing just some rock beds, not going above the hole as it is too damn much work pulling the canoe up.. It is a long video, just skip around and you will get the point..

I am specifically going to fish a single jig today, i had a man kick my butt 10-1 last year fishing a single jig vs 2 on a line. Also, going to be fishing an alternate type of rattle bait that is about 2 bucks at academy to see how it performs.


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Good job! I went Saturday but stayed on the main lake. I did go west, but didn't get to the river. I didn't catch one sandie either.

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I fished DC today and caught well over 60. Most were on jigs. Few on a roostertail. Fish are not everywhere but when you find them, it is easy. Most I saw on a stringer today was 8. Most said it was slow.

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Originally Posted by fishin'aholic2
I fished DC today and caught well over 60. Most were on jigs. Few on a roostertail. Fish are not everywhere but when you find them, it is easy. Most I saw on a stringer today was 8. Most said it was slow.

ditto. didn't have any luck on the rooster tail this weekend, but had much better luck on jigs.

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Fishing today was good.. VERY IMPORTANT: I am bumping the bottom with the lipless crankbait, slowly reeling it off the bottom doesn't do diddly.. No need for a fishing update, as the fish are everywhere. I started at the Log pile and caught one, then moved up to about 200 yards down from the water treatment branch. From this area I worked up to the next gravel bed. All my fish except about 4 were in this stretch. The picture below, the area marked with yellow is where I fished. I stayed away from any timber, as I didn't want to fool with hang-ups. It is easy to get to with a boat, and I didn't get hung up except for one time. I still fished the jig, and the alternate rattle type bait. The jig still got bites, but I missed a ton of fish. Caught 4 on a jig, and over 60ish with the little rattle lipless crankbait. I may post a video, but not that interested in making a video right now. Eating a good dinner, and about to play some gin with Mason.

The picture below, the yellow area is where I fished. It wasn't like yesterday, when you found them it was fast. Then you had to keep looking, but the area I highlighted was good. Also, caught one gaspergoo..

The baits below: The top is the lure I used yesterday, the bottom one is the one I picked up at Academy. Works just as well. Talked to a man who reads TFF, and was pleasantly rewarded with a kind gesture on the fishing report.. Much appreciated... God bless all, whatever you are fishing with buy extra baits and get those kids out to catch some fish. I did real well casting to the middle of the creek and slowly reeling it back to the canoe..

Note: talked to a man about 1/4 mile below the 377 bridge at 12pm and he had 12 on the stringer. On my way back I stopped at the bend above the 377 bridge that has the chunky rocks and caught one on a jig.. No need to kill yourself going way up, just be patient and you will catch fish. Canoe, kayak, or boat will excel because you can work your way up the banks..

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What are water levels looking like? How far back can a boat get?

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Just watched most of the video. Man, you were in 'em! Couple of questions: How fast does the motor push that canoe and what camera are you filming with?


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1990's suzuki 2hp @ 6.5mph. Camera is a miufly bodycam. Have a gopro but the bodycam battery lasts for over 6 hours. Bodycam on Amazon

Boat can get close to the hole, but not to it. I fished some of the same area I fished yesterday, then worked spots with gravel down past the 377 bridge. Little tougher fishing today, caught 32. Cloudy conditions may have something to do with it. Talked to a couple guys in a jet drive, game warden up at the hole area checking things out. Still not seeing any bait up the creek.. Thought we might be a couple weeks out, but we might be more.. Just don't know right now. Catching fish, but I am focusing on areas way before the area near Henrietta.. Didn't get close to it today. Plenty of people up there, focusing on the fish moving up. Talked briefly with a heck of a fisherman from youtube, he was heading up. Time will tell.. Thinking about going up early, will see..

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Man I wish I could launch my kayak at 377. Too old for that though I think. I watched a young fellow do it one time and he said he would never do it again. Even with a good dolly it's a beast. My wilderness system 12 footer is old school paddle only. Might try to adapt some kind of propulsion. A tow from the ramp to the bridge would be nice.

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Is there anywhere to legally park on the side of the road on 377; or anywhere that you could launch a kayak/canoe (if you were ambitious)?

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You can drop your Kayak or Canoe off here Google Map location and then drive your car down to this area Google map location. You can drag your canoe or Kayak down to the land locked water and paddle down to the edge of Denton Creek. You will have to drag your (canoe/kayak) over a big dirt birm to get to the creek. This will save you about 6.5 miles from the Trophy Club ramp. But I am here to tell you, this is some wicked hard work getting your stuff back of this hill. I have done it for many years, but it will make an ashiest pray from the work pulling up the hill. There is really not a easy way to do it. When the fishing gets better I would recommend someone dropping you off at the I-35 bridge, and then picking you up at the 377 bridge. Either way you are going to really do some work getting your stuff out of the creek..

Now for the Good and the Bad.

Good news is I caught allot of fish today (just over 100), Correction (page 2 about half way down) the right arm going up at the Hole. I do not want to mislead anyone as below Henrietta Hole fishing is slow and "work". I will put a video together but I want to make you aware that below the hole you are going to work.. I think I figured out the reason why this spot is doing so good. The creek is low, and the step going above Henrietta Hole is very long and shallow. I do not think many fish are going up this step right now. Their is a big traffic jam of sandbass in this spot and they are not going up.. I fished the hole above this step, and the next above this and nothing. So, if you want fish get to the spot I am fishing and you will limit out. However, you cannot get to this spot with a Jet drive. There is a tree in the way going to the Hole, and it is too shallow. I dragged my canoe up with no problem, and this was the the fourth day I launched at TC ramp and drove up with the Suzuki 2hp. It is about 7-8 miles on water, and takes me an hour. Fishing below the Hole is really not worth the trouble right now.. Might need to wait for a bit to see how it goes. I did see a big sandbass that was dead just below the Big Log Jam, I sliced it and it had eggs.. Also talked to a young man who said he caught some females, I have caught some that were small but really fat. I think they just might be females. I will add a pic of female I found. Not going to rave about the numbers I caught, because it is not an actual representation of the creek at this point. Fishing shut down about 1pm, and I mean turned off. I am curious of the lunar chart, as it was very strange to have such high numbers and then turn off.. Anyhoo, take care all. Mason will be running the show come sunday, so will post what we find..

Now, for the interesting idea i have.. I am thinking the fish might be going into Elizabeth branch so if anybody is working this are please post some info. The water is really clear.

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Noob here...what exactly is the Henrietta Hole? Is that a pub in Henrietta?



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Originally Posted by Windbreaker
Noob here...what exactly is the Henrietta Hole? Is that a pub in Henrietta?

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Interesting!! Thanks!!



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Never launched a boat from TC is it pretty accessible?

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It is accessable, there are a few areas that could reach up and bite you. Honestly, you could walk into Henrietta hole, go below where the water is knee deep and cross. Walk up to the upper arm on the north side and tear them up. Me and Mason are going Sunday, expecting rain but we are going up anyway. Will be side imaging the creek with the helix, will know more then. It is a long boat ride if you don't know what is too shallow.

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Still early, and it is work right now. Water is warming up, have not seen any Crappie caught up there.. Side imaged from below the hole to just below the log jam. Any area on the deep side of the creek, look for areas where the bank collapsed. These large holes are holding fish.

Mason and I ventured up the creek this morning, and just got home 7pm. We went right to the Hole and there was a guy fishing there with a limit at 8:30am. This is the area just up from the hole to the right. We eased up above him and caught a couple dozen fish, and Mason did real good with a Jig.. Casting to the wall, and finesse pop the jig off the bottom. About 10am we went up and hit every hole and step until we were about half way to the I-35 bridge. Above Henrietta Hole we did not get any bites, we kept going up and a few small steps above this we caught a few here and there. There are fish up the creek, just not concentrated like they are at the area Marked with the large "A" see below. Caught a couple fish in just about every hole marked on the map, but we had to work though.. Saw some footprints up there, so someone has been scouting as well. Was a real nice day out with Mason, and we found some really cool fossils. No limit today, caught allot of smaller fish. Would say we had about 20 that we would have kept out of about 60ish.. Scouting was fun, and really a nice day out. Many people at the Hole and below. We ran across a boat that had motor probs and gave them a tow for about a mile before another boat came and took over.

See picture below.. The yellow marks are steps that the fish must go up, or thru. The small letter "A" is areas where we caught a couple. The Large "A" is a guaranteed limit if you get there first in the morning. Still have not gone up the elizabeth branch. Below the hole is still work at this point. You can catch fish is you stay near gravel, and bump the rocks. If you are on a mud bank at this point, keep walking until you see gravel...

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Prosise, is it possible to walk to these areas?



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You can walk to Henrietta Hole. Most park here, and walk in. Google map location
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You cross here, and you can walk over to the upper right area of the creek that is doing good. Be prepared to get wet, and muddy. In coming weeks it will get better, and better so you can get out and look around.

As for the areas I marked with the small "a", you would likely have to access it from the airport.




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is there not a "no parking" policy in that neighborhood? we usually walk from 377 but I'd love to shorten the hike.


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I only walked in twice, when all was flooded. You can see the trail from google earth. When I did park there, ai left a note on my dash... Aw

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If it is a public roadway, and you are legally parked...not sure where the problem would be? The issue could be trespassing between the road and the creek, but I've not been there or seen property lines of the area to make an educated guess about that.


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Mason and I went bass fishing today, was a tough day but we picked up a few. We were fishing creeks on the upper end so we idled up to the feeder creek that runs parallel with the bike/walking path. To get to this creek we had to idle thru 2.5 foot water, then use the trolling motor to get to the creek entrance. This creek is accessible by foot, and it has some sand bass in it. We fished all the way back to the bridge. Three are two deep holes marked with the yellow arrow below. We tried some areas for Crappie but no luck. The water is brown and clear in most of the creek. There were signs of people fishing, but nothing caught where they were at. Found a whole lot of tackle in the trees.. Caught about a dozen small sandbass, nothing of size. Will go back to this in the canoe, I would strongly warn you about heading up here in a big boat. I was side imagine the area and you can see where boats came into the shallow muddy areas. Used the 360 on the creek and there are fish in it, but it is not stacked. Note: the two areas pinpointed are holes, one is 19ft deep, the other is 15ft.
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I caught 2 females and 3 males at the Henrietta Hole yesterday. Fishing was work. Also hooked into a LN gar further down the creek. It spit the jig 10 ft off the bank. Any bow fishermen ought to go harvest some of those. Saw lots of rough fish


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Prosise, I just want to be clear right off the bat that this is not an attack or anything of that nature but only my observation after you posted a map saying that the fish are biting in a spot I found previous to your post. Last week, I fished an area that had absolutely no foot traffic at all and everywhere I went, I was the only foot tracks (those you saw were very likely mine). I fished this area and caught well over 2 limits of fish myself (All released) and never saw another person. These fish were vulnerable due to the fall in the water level and were sort of trapped. I saw no signs of trash or anything of that nature either. Fast forward to today. I get to the area and immediately notice that the entire bank was completely walked down and by that I mean there was not a single place that did not have foot tracks on it. Not only that but I also notice half a fishing rod, several modelo and corona bottles on the bank and several empty jig bags on the bank. I proceed to fish the exact spot that yielded an easy 20 fish last week only to catch 4 undersized males. While walking down to another spot, I come across a guy fishing the same general area (The only person I have ever seen in this area in my 8 or so years of fishing here) and we proceed to start talking. He said that he saw this posts of your map. Whether that is how he was there or not I am not sure as I didn't ask but I don't think it is a coincidence. He then tells me that he was there yesterday and saw a guy with a cooler of 80 fish in it. Based on what I caught today I would say it's a safe bet that at least 75 percent of those fish were undersized. That's why I didn't do good today. After the post, everyone went there, fished, and kept everything they could while trashing the place. I understand completely that you are trying to help those with kids ect. but those aren't the only people that you are sending there. I know this from experience that these posts only do harm. I help as many as I can via PM but never on the open forum. There are almost 5,000 views on this thread and if 1 percent of those people show up, it's too many. People will camp all night, keep all they catch and trash the place and I feel like this is a prime example of this. Again, I am only saying this to show you what these posts with maps do and hope that you will see the harm they do. Tight lines

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No worries, I understand and I typically carry out a 5 gallon bucket of trash when we go up. There are people who do not repect the resource, and it is what it is. I put a report out for parents who want to put their kids on fish. I have stepped up and have called a few people out for not respecting the creek. Appreciate the feedback and respect the honesty. Have not been up since last Tues as it is still early. Been bass fishing hard all week. Appreciate the pictures off the fishing expeditions and seeing the smiles on the kids faces is priceless. Game warden was up there last week, you might want to report the info. Keep updating, it helps the big picture..

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Update: Probably going to check out a few things. LLast week I found a group of females in a strange location and want to see what they are doing. Not accessible, and is a very odd location. Also found some Crappie and going to check on them as well. Big ol Crappie too.. Really did not expect to see any females or Crappie at all until April but you just never know. I guess the last two years of flooding right when they get there has accelerated things.. Then will go scouting.. Temps dropped, and water temp is fluctuating. I will also be picking up trash, as anyone that knows me knows that I cannot let it go. Got in a nice productive discussion with a man at 377 bridge that tossed a beer can into the creek. Didn't have to get up in his business, but rather did it in a way that was productive. I really appreciate seeing the people who are stepping up and picking up things left by others. Much appreciated, and the Creek appreciates it as well.

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last year I saw some guy at his truck who had a couple empty cans of beer and instead of dropping them in the bed of his truck or putting them behind his seat he just tosses them in pile of trees. disgusting, and would have said something, but he was helping me with vehicle troubles at the time so I opted not say anything (maybe i should have). its unfortunate that a lot of people, especially fisherman who should know better, are intentionally leaving their trash on the banks. it takes less than 5 seconds to stuff that empty minnow bag or can of worms in your tackle box.

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Originally Posted by fishin'aholic2
Prosise, I just want to be clear right off the bat that this is not an attack or anything of that nature but only my observation after you posted a map saying that the fish are biting in a spot I found previous to your post. Last week, I fished an area that had absolutely no foot traffic at all and everywhere I went, I was the only foot tracks (those you saw were very likely mine). I fished this area and caught well over 2 limits of fish myself (All released) and never saw another person. These fish were vulnerable due to the fall in the water level and were sort of trapped. I saw no signs of trash or anything of that nature either. Fast forward to today. I get to the area and immediately notice that the entire bank was completely walked down and by that I mean there was not a single place that did not have foot tracks on it. Not only that but I also notice half a fishing rod, several modelo and corona bottles on the bank and several empty jig bags on the bank. I proceed to fish the exact spot that yielded an easy 20 fish last week only to catch 4 undersized males. While walking down to another spot, I come across a guy fishing the same general area (The only person I have ever seen in this area in my 8 or so years of fishing here) and we proceed to start talking. He said that he saw this posts of your map. Whether that is how he was there or not I am not sure as I didn't ask but I don't think it is a coincidence. He then tells me that he was there yesterday and saw a guy with a cooler of 80 fish in it. Based on what I caught today I would say it's a safe bet that at least 75 percent of those fish were undersized. That's why I didn't do good today. After the post, everyone went there, fished, and kept everything they could while trashing the place. I understand completely that you are trying to help those with kids ect. but those aren't the only people that you are sending there. I know this from experience that these posts only do harm. I help as many as I can via PM but never on the open forum. There are almost 5,000 views on this thread and if 1 percent of those people show up, it's too many. People will camp all night, keep all they catch and trash the place and I feel like this is a prime example of this. Again, I am only saying this to show you what these posts with maps do and hope that you will see the harm they do. Tight lines

I agree with fishin'aholic2, posting about specific spots in an online forum can be detrimental to fishing, especially to those who have put time and effort in scouting the creeks. Nothing against sharing general tips and pointers for a specific water body, generalized reports, etc., but I have had similar experiences as fishin'aholic2 where someone posts about a location and it are trashed/ overfished within the week.

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Prosise,
Thank you so much for all the reports . I have been following your reports since last year. You have put us on a lot of sand bass. I personally look forward to all your reports and techniques . I love to take the grand children fishing and see them catch fish. Thank you and keep the reports going.

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Yup, spilling all the beans about where the fish can be found is a fools game. The good news is the Game Wardens are starting to pay more attention to the creeks. Saw one off the beaten path just yesterday.

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Launched at TC ramp and went scouting on the upper end of the lake. Caught about a dozen real small whites in the areas I labeled last week (whites branch) . In the canoe I worked thru the log jam at the bridge and worked all the way to clear water. Water temp 69 & Just small fish. Went to Marshal branch, the creek that leads up to trophy club. This creek is vacant, only gar. Scanned the whole thing and some bait but nothing else. Water was 58. Walked many banks and found a bunch of lures, bobbers, and a real nice white spinning rod that is missing an eye. Only thing is the rod didn't make it home. If someone found a rod on the ramp, or road let me know. I can describe the rod, and I have video of it. Crappie were not in the spot that I found them last week. They are moving, and in deep brush. Did catch some donkeys on jigs, and I mean big crappie. Not accessible by foot, or boat very shallow. They are working towards the creek.
Never made it up the creek, filled the boat up with trash from main lake. Left about 5 pvc jug lines at the ramp. Hope someone can use them.. Did not keep any fish, traveled about 12 miles by canoe cruising around and walking the debris piles on the banks.. Talked to a man in a jet drive that went close to the hole, and he said it was no good. Think you prob need to be above the hole. Anyhoo, steak is not going to cook itself..

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BTW: I have about 200 bobbers of random sizes.. Will prob leave a bucket of them down at TC park area. If you need bobbers let me know. I have every shape, size, model made. Wood, plastic, glow, rattle, if you need some IM me and I can get you what you need for free..

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Also: The creek is BLM (federal) land. Do not conceal carry if you are walking in, and mind your P's and Q's. That is a big one you cannot win.


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First off, i want to Sincerely thank all who have stepped up and picked up trash on the creek. All the areas i viewed going up were relatively clean, and I would say best i have seen in a while. I think the feedback has emphasized the need to pick up.. It was way cleaner than I expected, and I really want to emphasize that we need to teach the young ones about giving back.. I tell mason that when we clean the creek, lake, or pond they will reward you with something unexpected..

Fishing is work, but when you find them you can pick up some fish. Strange spring for sure.. I launched the canoe at 6:15 and headed up, about 1 mile past 377 I had an overheating engine.. Not getting good water flow to the top end. The Suzuki DT2 doesn't have a water stream going out of the engine, but rather a hole that spits water/steam. Never cleaned out all the channels, so it is time. Limped up to the hole, and went right around to the right creek from the hole. Caught about 20 fish and about 7 were good keepers. I knew the rain was coming so I didn't spend too much time fishing. To be honest I planned on doing some community service and pick up trash on the spots from the hole down. But with the condition of the normal spots, I was able to fish. Started my limp back down, and every time I saw fishing line or a lure I stopped and picked it up. Did this all the way until about 1/4 mile down from the 377 bridge. Got plenty of jigs, and bobbers. This is the reason I have boxes of bobbers.
Areas to focus on are to the right above the Hole, and just below the Hole. mean the first long deep stretch below the hole. First thing in the AM I think this area will be good. Also, the small pools going right up at the Hole had fish this AM. Only fisherman I saw were three gentlemen that were fishing below the hole when I came thru. They had maybe 6 each, which was surprising. I fished all the pools down to the big log jam with nothing. Just below the big log jam I caught some Donkeys. Bumping the rocks with the tiny-trap and even caught one on a jig.. Will add a clip in the short video I am throwing together. This is the area right above the big hole from last year, also just below this hole I had a few hits but didn't hook up (using a jig). From here I hit the Rocks above and below 377 bridge (no hits). Very strange year, and is not typical. If you are able to do some hiking, I would go above the hole and hit pools.. Or launch your Kayak or canoe at the I-35 bridge and work down. Note: This is a long haul so be prepared. I have used a 12v trolling motor, and pulled out at the 377 bridge. Without the suzuki I would not be up there, left shoulder is about to need a restoration.. Rained like cats and dogs for a spell.. Caught about 50 total, prob not a limit.. Canoe had part of a table in the beginning, and ended up looking like Sanford and Son.. Most of the debris was floating down near the 377 bridge.

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Prosise,

What were you spraying on the engine? Water to keep the engine cool?



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Yes sir. At low idle it didn't get that hot. About every 400 yards I would give it a little water to maintain cooler levels. Didn't have any overheating signs, but i didn't want to hurt the engine.

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Prosise you are hardier stock than I. Good post and pics. Thanks for the junk run.

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I was so darn tired last night that I forgot to add some info. Safety: That rain we had last week, was more than I expected. The lake is about 1ft higher than it was before the rain. The creek did a baby flush and all the big trees that were stuck going up were moved. There is much debris in the water going up the creek, some are motor killers. The current is much more noticeable, and the steps are deeper. With the Full moon, and a little water flow it should help things out allot. Be safe, and please take care of the creek by picking up your trash.. I really didn't notice much where I was, and i picked up some debris from the flood on the way down. There is shad in the area I fished, snagged many with the lipless crankbait. They are about 3 inches long, and they are thick in the log jam area. God Bless all...



Today was not wasted.. Lauched boat at 1:20am to fish the full moon, pulled the boat out at 12:20pm. Dropped off the boat and loaded the Canoe. Launched the canoe at @ 2pm and headed up to the Log Pile. Boat ramp was jam packed, and then some. Only thing is I saw a couple boats come up while I was fishing and then the same go down. Do not know what is going on above the log jam. Water is coyote brown stained from the 377 bridge up.. Water is a skosh clearer at the 377 bridge, slight green tint partly stained. Did fair just below the log jam bumping the gravel with the tiny-trap. Caught 32 and 12 were keepers, and ended up with 37 for the day. Two guys were below the hole that is below the log jam, with a pretty nice stringer. They were not there when I came thru about 2:40pm, and when I came down @ 5pm they had caught them all in this location. I caught one at the rocks above the 377 bridge and below. The biggest fish I caught was at the 377 bridge on the south side in about 2 ft of water. If i was not bumping the rocks/gravel I did not catch a fish. Only used a lipless crankbait today. Motor working good, had to replace the head gasket.

Not going to bore you with a bunch of video at the (log jam). Made a short video of the rocks above/below and 377 bridge only. I cannot emphasize the importance of making contact with the gravel/rocks.. Much easier with a canoe, I know.. This is hard to do if your fishing on the bank..

Crossed paths with a TFF member who was fishing with his beautiful family.. Good to see people out...


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Good stuff! It was a great day to be out. Some of those followed it all the way up to the canoe before they bit. Always finish the retrieve.


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Good stuff! It was a great day to be out. Some of those followed it all the way up to the canoe before they bit. Always finish the retrieve.

One of my favorite ways to trigger a bite, when they’re being picky, is a sudden burst of speed during the last 10-15 feet of a retrieve. Get them hitting it within a foot or two of the bank sometimes.

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Not going to sugar coat it, It "Sucked" today.. Launched @ 9am at Trophy Club, noticed a kayak about to head up so I asked if he wanted a Tow.. He said yes, and I got him up to the Log Jam at about 5mph. Caught 40 today, but I really hit all the good eddies, and pools from the log jam up.. Strange thing today, Fish were not responding like normal. Caught about 4 at the area I fished yesterday, and then ran up to the Hole. One boat beached, then two more arrived while I was up there. I was just interested in the first spot below the hole where the boats were beached, which was a goose egg. I eased down to the first deep spot, there was some debris floating so I picked up the trash and decided to make a few casts. Don't know why I picked up the jig, really have not been doing very well with it. Caught the biggest sandbass of the year in the first deep pool below the Hole. Fish was about 4 inches longer than my sandal which measures 12.5 inches.. All I do with the jig is watch the line to tell when the jig hits the bottom, then give it a pump.. I left that and headed down to the gravel, started thinking if it was a just a fluke so went back and fished for about 10 minutes. Caught 6 more but they were small. All the spots I caught them in yesterday sucked today, gar rolling in the log jam area.. Maybe the fish fed in the full moon.. Anyhoo, was nice day out today.. Caught several fish that appear to have dropped their eggs. Very early, and I am no biologist.. Time will tell, I think it is about to get very good personally..

I did not catch a fish on the rocks above/below the 377 bridge, or at the bridge.


Here is a good example of the creek rewarding me for picking up trash.. This spot is about 50 yards from the bottom of the Hole.

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Went today. Hiked from 377 west to cade branch. Not even a nibble. Moved to the parking lot and fished from the bridge west/north to Graham branch and only caught one small male. Third outing this year and thats the first sandy I've caught.
Makes me miss the old days when every outing in march april or may meant at least a dozen keepers or more likely a limit with plenty of CAR just for fun.

I feel like the freeze confused a lot of the fish this year. Then again Maybe I just suck at fishing now.


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It was tough yesterday for me as well. The normal sweet spots were casting practice. Going tomorrow and will do something different. Don't know if I'm going to go way above, or slow down in the pools. Your not alone.. Strange year so far.

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Went today. Hiked from 377 west to cade branch. Not even a nibble. Moved to the parking lot and fished from the bridge west/north to Graham branch and only caught one small male. Third outing this year and thats the first sandy I've caught.
Makes me miss the old days when every outing in march april or may meant at least a dozen keepers or more likely a limit with plenty of CAR just for fun.

I feel like the freeze confused a lot of the fish this year. Then again Maybe I just suck at fishing now.


377 is one of the worst places to fish IMO. It is fished hard daily and the fish typically are caught when they are moving through. Upstream in the shallow water is the spawning grounds where they are in bigger numbers. You are going to have to walk and work for them but that is the better area.

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From what I have been catching not only here but at other places tells me we are about halfway though the spawn. Alot more spawned out females than not spawned out. If we get another rain in the next 2 weeks or so, it will push the last batch of fish up.

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Launched at TC at 8am, went up thru the hole and about two and a half miles above the hole looking around. Above the hole I caught 4 fish, and I worked all the eddies and pools up past the area I fished with mason. No bait seen, and really nothing going on above the hole. Gar are out in all the good areas, and I saw some that are as big as my leg.. Working my way down, it was "poor" to be nice. Rolled the canoe for the first time, nothing lost but I did have to pick up trash that was lost. Pelican cases saved all the dry goods, and nothing bruised other than my man card. Came down to the Hole and caught about 10 but all were small. Eased down below the hole and fished the deep pool but no takers. At this point the tiny-trap is not producing, switched over to the jig and really have to finesse the bait. Some shad seen at the hole, and around the log jam area. Gar are out in full force, and they are in all the good areas. Rocks above/below 377 bridge (goose egg), and nothing at the 377 bridge. To top it off, handle on the suzuki broke, so I threw in some redneck modification and tied a stick to the motor.. It is really beautiful on the creek, but if you have yard work I would do the mowing. Take care all...

You can pick up some fish at the hole, and the small pools going down from the hole but you are going to work.

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Fresh out of high school, a buddy and I went to Oklahoma to canoe down the Illinois River. We had been several times before, but this trip we decided to take a longer float. First rattle out of the box, we flipped the canoe. Only thing we lost was his car keys. Unfortunately, we were in his car! That was the first time I ever caught and cooked fish over a fire. Possibly the worst fish I have ever eaten.
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Originally Posted by prosise
Launched at TC at 8am, went up thru the hole and about two and a half miles above the hole looking around. Above the hole I caught 4 fish, and I worked all the eddies and pools up past the area I fished with mason. No bait seen, and really nothing going on above the hole. Gar are out in all the good areas, and I saw some that are as big as my leg.. Working my way down, it was "poor" to be nice. Rolled the canoe for the first time, nothing lost but I did have to pick up trash that was lost. Pelican cases saved all the dry goods, and nothing bruised other than my man card. Came down to the Hole and caught about 10 but all were small. Eased down below the hole and fished the deep pool but no takers. At this point the tiny-trap is not producing, switched over to the jig and really have to finesse the bait. Some shad seen at the hole, and around the log jam area. Gar are out in full force, and they are in all the good areas. Rocks above/below 377 bridge (goose egg), and nothing at the 377 bridge. To top it off, handle on the suzuki broke, so I threw in some redneck modification and tied a stick to the motor.. It is really beautiful on the creek, but if you have yard work I would do the mowing. Take care all...

You can pick up some fish at the hole, and the small pools going down from the hole but you are going to work.





I typically have to finesse the fish all year long it seems. Small mini fluke (Color isn't important) on a light jighead with 4 lb floro. Hop it off the bottom and let it kind of float. Minnows on the bottom would surely get attention if you feel like messing with them.

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Lessons learned, me and Mason have many miles on this canoe with the suzuki.. Just in the last 4 weeks we have over 200 miles. Never turned over the canoe, but it finally happened. Wasn't even using the motor, was coasting up to a tree to doodle sock for some fish.. Just stuck the nose into the bank and leaned towards the bank. Water went into the canoe, and it just happened. Nature is unexpected, and the old man respects her. Rods/Reels primary focus, one rod in hand the other in the water and was able to get it into grasp with the foot. Eased the canoe toward the bank and, checked for anything out of pocket.. Close call and was lucky it was shallow water. If you tell the truth you don't have to remember what you said. It was lost focus on my part. No fancy story, just wasn't paying attention to the situation. Pelican boxes saved the day, phone and dry clothes in good cond. Fishing sucked, but the spring growth is absolutely beautiful. Will check on the fishing in a week.. . Hope all are well, and hope to get some good reports to you soon..

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Glad that you are ok. Things can go south quickly. I know that most of my close calls have come in the same way. When we are in a touchy situation we are prepared for it and concentrating. It is when we let our guard down and loose concentration that things can go bad.

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Originally Posted by prosise
Launched at TC ramp and went scouting on the upper end of the lake. Caught about a dozen real small whites in the areas I labeled last week (whites branch) . In the canoe I worked thru the log jam at the bridge and worked all the way to clear water. Water temp 69 & Just small fish. Went to Marshal branch, the creek that leads up to trophy club. This creek is vacant, only gar. Scanned the whole thing and some bait but nothing else. Water was 58. Walked many banks and found a bunch of lures, bobbers, and a real nice white spinning rod that is missing an eye. Only thing is the rod didn't make it home. If someone found a rod on the ramp, or road let me know. I can describe the rod, and I have video of it. Crappie were not in the spot that I found them last week. They are moving, and in deep brush. Did catch some donkeys on jigs, and I mean big crappie. Not accessible by foot, or boat very shallow. They are working towards the creek.
Never made it up the creek, filled the boat up with trash from main lake. Left about 5 pvc jug lines at the ramp. Hope someone can use them.. Did not keep any fish, traveled about 12 miles by canoe cruising around and walking the debris piles on the banks.. Talked to a man in a jet drive that went close to the hole, and he said it was no good. Think you prob need to be above the hole. Anyhoo, steak is not going to cook itself..

Dogfish head 90 minute ipa is smooth as butter...

BTW: I have about 200 bobbers of random sizes.. Will prob leave a bucket of them down at TC park area. If you need bobbers let me know. I have every shape, size, model made. Wood, plastic, glow, rattle, if you need some IM me and I can get you what you need for free..

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Also: The creek is BLM (federal) land. Do not conceal carry if you are walking in, and mind your P's and Q's. That is a big one you cannot win.


Do they pat you down? I take my son and I will carry. If I'm in the woods with people I don't know I carry. So unless they pat you down ill be okay.

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I specifically called the BLM last year, it took a few redirections to get the right person. But on federal land it's a no... I was doing some exploring along the creek east of the 377 bridge area. The area between the bridge, and trophy club to be exact. Well, I ran across a tent and didn't give me warm fuzzies. There are "No gun" signs posted at the parking areas near one of the old roads in the Roanoke/Trophy CLub area (Across the road from the 7-11 on 377). I talked to the BLM rep and he said it was not allowed for any reason. Did not ask much more than that, It was really hard to get someone to answer the phone last summer. Had to leave a message a few times. WIth that said, if you are stopped by a game warden and he asks for your DL you are obligated to show. I do not know how they would handle this, and I would not want to go thru this.. Federal problems are a whole different level of hurdles. Now we always walk with a "poking stick" for snakes etc.. I do have two fixed blade knifes on the canoe in the front and back, along with my pocket knife. So, you might reach out and see what you can find. Do not want to get dinged for accidentally doing something I wasn't aware of. Been licensed since the first year, think it was "1995".


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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers* — The Corps builds and runs flood control and navigation dams. The Corps has jurisdiction over the dam site and usually all waters backed up by the dam. Per 36 CFR § 327.13, carry anywhere on Corps property is illegal unless written permission has been received from the District Commander. Firearms can be unloaded and secured in a vehicle while on Corps property.
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Was it a big gray tent? I saw that the other day but didn’t see anyone around. I did see a gray backpack too close to that tent figured it belonged to who owned the tent... needed less to say didn’t have a bite that afternoon. Me and my son will be going back here shortly.


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It was a gray tent next to the old foundation, an it had a bag next to it as well. Think it was a duffel bag on the west side of the tent, and very well concealed location. Know someone at the PD, and they said they know who it belongs to. Apparently the guy comes thru occasionally, and they know how to get in touch with him. He is not a problem, which is good. I just stayed away from the location, didn't want to get involved with someone living off the grid. Situational awareness out in the sticks is a must.

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You made my day! There is nothing better than what you are doing. My Dad told me before he passed, "You are investing knowledge into Mason". I love it, and love spending time with the kids outdoors.

You Rock... Thx for sharing

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Had good intentions to go up the creek today, but was in the mood for some comfort. Well that backfired, the sunday traffic wore me out.. Took the boat to main lake bass fishing, and ended up catching sand bass. Was working protected points with a crankbait and lost a good fish, prob in the 4lb range. Started working the area and caught sandbass. Slowed down with a jig, spoon, small crankbait, and small lipless crankbait and caught some donkeys. Caught some really nice 15-16" females mixed with 3"-5" fish. They were big or really small. Later in the day the fish were mid size, and no big females. Stayed in the same area from lunch to 7pm.

Bass were feeding on the small sandbass, caught some keepers on a crankbait through the afternoon (no big bass). Caught about 20 of the big females, a bunch of keeper size males, and about the same number of teeny tiny ssnd bass. Worked the bottom, but a few hit the crankbait close to the boat.

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very nice report . thank you

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Some fat girls! That 4th or 5th one that you tried to guide into the water with your foot...I would've kicked my rods into the water! laugh

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Well, with the extended forecast of rain for several days I skipped the creek. If it floods It would do you no good for a update. Decided to go to the lake in the boat after shoulder therapy. Launched about 8:45 and had a great time bass fishing. Caught some good fish on a spinnerbait in one spot. 5 of them over three pounds.. Moved and went to the same spot as yesterday, wind blowing and I was not seeing much on the 360. Worked the area for about an hour, then went looking around. Looked at all the rock points upward north and south side of the lake. Not much standing out, the small cove with the HOA marina is chock full of gar at the mouth of the cove. Think they are spawning or something as their are thousands in the mouth of the cove. Went back to the spot I fished yesterday and the wind stopped. When it was dead calm the sandbass started schooing... Still wasn't seeing fish on the 360, and I found out why. The fish are there but stuck to the bottom, and not real concentrated. Scaled down to the smallest spoon I have, and installed an app on my phone called (The metronome by SoundBrenner). I had my bluetooth speaker (Onyx Studio 6) which really has some good thump and set the app to 123 beats per minute. After about 5 minutes I was tearing them up. I think I caught more sandbass today than I ever have in a single fishing trip. With that said, about 60% were little fish.. Didn't catch any 15 or 16 in females like I did yeaterday, but I caught allot of fat females. I am trying to decide how to do the video because it is so much material. But I have some video from my phone of the calm water and some really cool pictures I took. When it was tough I scaled down to my smallest spoon, then worked up as I fished. I tried bigger spoons to try and cull the small fish, and when I stopped catching fish I went back one spoon. Will put a picture of the spoons I went up in size today. Take care all, and will hopefully get some video for you.. Hope the creek doesn't flood. I have no idea on numbers, and I wouldn't want to guess.

(FYI: the point on the west side that is near the cove that I point to in the video, it has a big school of crappie on it (in about 16ft of water).
Forgot to mention. I went around the point and fished the mouth of the small cove and did good at the end of the day. There is a big tree on the end of the point which holds fish.
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So here is the rest of the story, I noticed I caught more fish when i was listening to music. When I turned it off it got slower.. This is why I used the metronome app and set the sound to a drum Kick sound. I truthfully think this is why I did better, a toyed with lower volume and it didn't make any difference.

This video is like watching Krylon paint dry, but was fun for me. Think I was wrong on the percentage, probably 80% were under. But I don't care, it was like plinking with the 22 after you shot the big gun. Bass fishing was very good for the short time I ran into them.. Anyhoo, threw a quick video together and want to share a few things. I was asked about the lure and setup. I run a swivel and about 1 foot of 20lb pure fluorocarbon fishing line as a leader. I use 6 pound braided and you cannot pick them up with the 6lb line all day, it cannot take it. I just reach down and grab the mono.. I sharpened hooks 32 times yesterday on the video I shot. Every time I missed two bites I gave the hooks a couple swipes on the diamond rod to touch up the hooks. I keep them stupid sharp, and it really helps the hook up percentage. I snagged many yesterday because the hooks are sharp.. If you are just grabbing the lure and fishing, you are missing an opportunity for more numbers. I use a 8 dollar diamond sharpener from amazon, looks like a small pencil. Caught about 10 fish on a jig but it is slow to fish compared to the small jigging spoon. Just hopping it on the bottom. I found the smaller fish were in the 15-16 foot range, and the better fish were in the 10-14 foot range for me yesterday. I tried deeper but all I caught were gaspergoo.

Sorry for the thumping sound, didn't mess with music on this video..

All I counted was the sanbass, not the goo/crappie. Some of the fish didn't make it in the vid, as I was on the back of the boat.




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Looks like somebody got a new trolling motor too!

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Cool action. Lots of fish and great day to be out. Thanks again for the post!!


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I am still in shock.. Had three really cool things and one bump in the road. Got to visit with Mr B which was cool, he caught a few "un-named"fish" do not want to tarnish his reputation. Then we all went out into the middle of the lake where the birds were dive bombing and caught some good sandbass. Really suprised they were out there at this time of the year, I really thought the Cormorants pushing the shad up but is was the sandbass working the shad. Third thing which was the best. Took one of my best and trusted friend out today and he kicked my butt, and I mean it was a spanking. He liked throwing the crankbait and he caught donkey after donkey today. I am not joking, we caught prob 100 over 14" fish. We launched at 12:00 and met up with Mr B by chance, the birds were working out in the middle of the lake. We headed out and caught a bunch on crankbaits, and I caught some on a jigging spoon. I caught a couple down in the 33ft range. We then went to the north bank that I have fished the last couple of days. You do not see much on the graph, but if you get on the drop at @ 13-14 ft you will see fish. We ran the thumper and caught many small fish. Decided to look around, and went to the main lake area in front of meadomere but nothing out there. Went to the main point and eased up to 17ft and started casting a crankbait and it was epic. Non-stop donkeys on the crankbait, we were right on the drop and about midway back to the boat the fish would crush it. "Thumper is the real deal". I waved a boat over, met a cool guy named Jason and we all caught fish.. Really a good day.. Never seen so many large fat females ever. Bump in the road, i bumped my bodycam off the windshield into 8 ft of water. Magnet would not find it, went swimming and found it the first dive. Camera is in a bag of rice taken apart as we speak. Used the Gopro to catch the action. No guarantees, but I will be on a windy point tomorrow mid lake with a crankbait. I will make a video, but it will probably be private as it has two of my good friends in it. I will be out tomorrow after lunch, late bite is real good now. Find a windy bank, if you see my brown champion wave like a crazy person and I will give you a thumbs up or down. If I am on them come on up with your trolling motor.. Wind is supposed to be the same tomorrow, so I hope I can experience the same.



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I will be halting the lake reports in this thread as they do not supply info on denton creek. I might start a new thread for Grapevine lake. When we go to the creek will update info here.. Just keeping things organized..


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Your thumper is innovating! I'll have to keep that trick in mind. All these years we've been telling kids to be quiet so they don't scare the fish...


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Me too, i used to treat fishing like deer hunting. Then one day me and Mason were at the beach at the upper end of Grapevine lake and he wanted to swim. I was catching sandbass off the front of the boat and he was doing cannonballs off the back of the boat. Don't know why, but it works. Splasher works as well, but have not ventured into that mod. There is more than one waybto skin a cat.


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Can you provide more info on the app by chance.
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So cool. The lake is full of mystery and wonder. Last night was great. I fished until almost midnight. Love nights like that. Great post. I am learning so much from reading these reports. I am definitely more confident in how to find and fish for those sand bass.


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Go into google play, search for metronome. You will see it.

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