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Dec 3 - After coming back to the dock twice to pick a couple of guys, we hit the water for a couple of hours. Found fish on Merimac hump and Spillway hump. Spillway hump had the largest concentration of fish on the NW side in 13 - 15 FOW. Water temp was 61. I found a 20 yard long line of fish that were active. Most of what we caught were magnums. We caught and released 32 whites, 1 yellow and 1 cat using Mepps #4 and slabs.

Dec 9 - I Went out solo between 12 and 3:30. Stayed on Merimac hump the whole time due to the wind. The fish were stacked on the north and NW side in 13 to 18 FOW. Water temp was 60. I caught and released 42 keeper whites. The fish wanted the Mepps #4 slow rolled using the crank and stop strategy. I tried to use a jig and slab but got nothing even though I was right on top of the fish. They were still biting when I left. One observation that I made was that several fish had red areas on their belly. Maybe from being plastered on the bottom?

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I see you mention spillway hump often, is it marked on lake map?

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Originally Posted by heckster
I see you mention spillway hump often, is it marked on lake map?


The hump is in the middle of the lake due east of the spillway. You can find it on any topo map. Spillway hump is just the name locals have given it. Find any post made by Dennis Christian. He has a link at the bottom of his posts that show a CC map with associated names for various spots.

Re: Cedar Creek Lake Reports for December 2021 [Re: RoadRunnerTR21] #14217338 12/10/21 07:47 PM
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12/8/2021: I made a scouting run checking Long Ridge, Mid-lake Hump, 3-Jug Hump, Merimac Point, Iron Wall Hump, and Kevin's Point. Good news - there were fish at all these places, and I was able to catch them easily fishing straight down jigging and lifting a #4 silver Mepps from the bottom. I fish straight down when the fish are in 19 fow to 28 fow. When they are shallow (10 to 15 fow), I cast to them and work the Mepps back to the boat along the bottom. The finicky biting that has plagued us since August seems to have finally ended. A note of caution, at one spot I fished last week I caught a half dozen hybrids the same size as the white bass, so be careful what you keep.

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12/11 and 12/14: Both days, I found good concentrations of fish on Saint Annes Point East. Fish are in 11 to 15 fow and they are taking either a #2 or #4 Mepps. Today, all were on a #4 - caught a limit in 45 minutes. Today I also found many fish at Long Ridge West (20 to 23 fow) and Key Ranch Drop-off in 12 to 14 fow. Caught 50 whites,a 23-inch hybrid,and 3 cats in 2 hr and 15 minutes today.- all on #4.

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Re: Cedar Creek Lake Reports for December 2021 [Re: RoadRunnerTR21] #14223263 12/17/21 12:06 PM
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Dec 16 - Fished 12 - 4. Caught and released 47 in 13 - 18 FOW and water temp was 60.6. I only fished Key Ranch Drop Off and used Mepps #4. The fish wanted it slow rolled on the retrieve between pauses. I was marking medium size groups but they kept moving. After several attempts to relocate, I just stayed in one spot and let them pass by my location. I would catch 2 or 3 and then a lull. This was how it went during the afternoon. I also caught 1 LMB (3 pound), 1 Cat (5 pound) and 2 large yellow bass.

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Thanks for your report. As the water cools down, at some point, fish will leave the shallow structures, and you will have to find them in 20 to 27 fow. On CC I have not had to deadstick - I can catch them fishing straight down by jigging and lifting a #4 Mepps on the bottom after locating them. They are easiest to locate by putting sonar on Zoom at X4. They look like bumps on the bottom - sometimes connected and sometimes separate.

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12/21/2021: Today I had guests Randy and Pat Vines fish with me. They had contacted me through the forum about showing them how I locate and catch fish. We fished from 10 AM until 3:15 PM. To maximize showing Randy how I locate fish, I used my scouting strategy of catching 5 to 15 fish at a spot then go look for fish at other spots. We found fish at every spot I checked and caught fish on all but two - Saint Annes Point East and the north finger of Spillway Hump. We caught fish at Long Ridge, Key Ranch Drop-off, 3-Jug Hump, Merimac Point, the western fork of Spillway Hump, Enchanted Isle Ridge, Game Warden Hump, and Spillway Point. We all used silver #4 Mepps Aglia spinners. In shallow water (10 to 15 fow) we cast to the fish; in deeper water (18 to 24 fow), we fished straight down on the bottom jigging, then lifting or moving the Mepps upwards or sideways. We ended up with 105 fish: 100 white bass, 2 nice yellow bass, 2 hybrids 21 and 22 inches, and a 3 lb largemouth bass.

The day started cold and foggy but cleared out and warmed up by noon. Here are some pics of the trip and some screenshots of what my graph looks like on sonar and side scan when I am on fish:

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Re: Cedar Creek Lake Reports for December 2021 [Re: Dennis Christian] #14227744 12/22/21 01:05 PM
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Do you guide Dennis? I live on Cedar Creek and havent done a lot of wintertime fishing.

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Water temp in the 50s but fish are still relatively shallow and no need for DSing. Woohoo great catching day! You are da MAN, DC! thumb

Re: Cedar Creek Lake Reports for December 2021 [Re: Dennis Christian] #14228016 12/22/21 05:47 PM
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Great report. Thank you Mepps white bass master and mentor. Happy holidays!

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12/21/2021: Today I had guests Randy and Pat Vines fish with me. They had contacted me through the forum about showing them how I locate and catch fish. We fished from 10 AM until 3:15 PM. To maximize showing Randy how I locate fish, I used my scouting strategy of catching 5 to 15 fish at a spot then go look for fish at other spots. We found fish at every spot I checked and caught fish on all but two - Saint Annes Point East and the north finger of Spillway Hump. We caught fish at Long Ridge, Key Ranch Drop-off, 3-Jug Hump, Merimac Point, the western fork of Spillway Hump, Enchanted Isle Ridge, Game Warden Hump, and Spillway Point. We all used silver #4 Mepps Aglia spinners. In shallow water (10 to 15 fow) we cast to the fish; in deeper water (18 to 24 fow), we fished straight down on the bottom jigging, then lifting or moving the Mepps upwards or sideways. We ended up with 105 fish: 100 white bass, 2 nice yellow bass, 2 hybrids 21 and 22 inches, and a 3 lb largemouth bass.

The day started cold and foggy but cleared out and warmed up by noon. Here are some pics of the trip and some screenshots of what my graph looks like on sonar and side scan when I am on fish:

Randy holding a big white bass with Pat admiring it.
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I don't guide but will take you fishing or go with you to show how to find them using your electronics.

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That would be awesome if you could go with me sometime,i'll be available after the 1st of the month most any day.

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What a beat down. I went out today around 12:30 and fished until 3:30. The wind was absolutely brutal. SSW 15 - 25 with higher gusts. I started out on Merimac but could not find anything worth stopping for. I headed to Game Warden and had a few crappie bumps but it was to windy to fish it properly. I went back to Merimac to see if anything had changed and it had not. Soooooo I was left with one final alternative to prevent from being skunked and that was to look at Key Ranch north and Key Ranch drop off. The waves were brutal but the fish were plastered on the bottom in 15 - 18 FOW. Using a Mepps #4 I caught seven magnum sandbass and then I was done. My pride would not let me get skunked but it was just to rough out there to call it fun. Water temp was 59.x. Merry Christmas everybody!

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RoadRunnerTR21: You were brave to get out there today!

12/23/2021: Cliffshot and I went out from 9 AM to 3 PM and caught 113: 107 whites, 2 nice crappie, 2 eating-size yellow bass, a short hybrid, and a cat. We spent the 1st couple of hours in the dam area to see if we could find fish in protected water, but we had only 4 or 5 fish for our efforts. We then went north starting at the A-frame (several fish), Long Ridge West (several fish), Key Ranch Drop-off (1 fish), 3-Jug Hump (many fish), Merimac Point (many fish), and Doll-house Point (very many fish). We caught some in 10 to 15 fow, but they were very reluctant to bite.with the exception of Doll-house. We caught most in 18 to 22 fow, and they bit more readily fishing straight down. We caught all on #4 Mepps - silver blade worked best. We left them still biting at Doll-house.

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My wife and I received a very special gift for Christmas this year. We were blessed with Dennis Christian taking us out on C.C sharing his knowledge and techniques with us. It is very rare to find someone who is willing to share as he does.
Thank You Dennis

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HWV5: Randy, in case you missed it, I posted our trip report earlier in this string on 12/21/2021.

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12/29/2021: The current pattern: Fish can be found on both shallow and deeper humps. However, the shallow fish are extremely finicky., whereas the deeper fish will bite if you get on top of them and thump the floor of the boat. Today, I found good concentrations of fish shallow at Saint Annes East and key Ranch Drop-off and caught a total of 5 fish. I tried a #2, and it caught nothing. The 5 were on a silver #4. The rest of the 37 fish I caught were on deeper humps - Long Ridge, Old Pond Dam, 3-Jug Hump, Spillway Hump, and Enchanted Isle Ridge, where I finished and left still catching fish. I was out from 9:45 AM to 2 PM. It was foggy for about half that time. I tried white/yellow, white/pink, and silver #4 Mepps on the deeper humps, and silver was definitely the best.

Happy New Year to all!

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Happy New Year to you Dennis!

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Hey Dennis, I went out today and tried what I think was spillway hump then went to hump by the dirt dam. Didn't get anything. Not holding my mouth right I guess,lol

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12/30/2021: I got out a couple of times today - from 1:30 to 4 PM with heckster (72 fish) and from 4:30 to 5:30 PM with my stepson Adam (29 fish). I picked up heckster (Bob) at Lone Star Marina, and we fished Enchanted Isle Ridge, the Rock Pile, and the north finger of Spillway Hump. Caught big white bass fish at all 3 spots on #4 silver Mepps. We fished vertically in 19 to 22 fow at Enchanted Isle Ridge, both vertically and casting out at the Rock Pile in 19 to 21 fow, and casting out at Spillway Hump in 12 to 14 fow. The shallow bite on Spillway was surprisingly good - catching fish on almost every cast, and we left them still biting. Bob is an experienced angler and it was my pleasure to get to know him
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On my way back to the house to pick up Adam, I passed some gulls working over schooling fish in the Long Ridge area. So Adam and I headed right back out to get some surface action. This was the best bird activity over fish I've seen On CC in several years. Adam immediately hooked up with a hybrid on his spincast, but it broke off because the drag was set too tight. He picked up a different rig and within seconds had another hybrid on. It went 21.5 inched - the biggest fish he has ever caught. We both caught big white bass, He caught another hybrid that went 21 inches, and I caught 2 hybrids going 21 and 22 inches. We only used #4 silver Mepps. There were only 3 other boats fishing this action, which was spread over several acres.

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12/31/2021: The year ended on a high. My step-son is still visiting, and he and went out from noon to 2:10 PM and caught 105: 100 whites, 2 hybrids to 22 inches, a short hybrid, and 2 nice yellow bass. We fcaught them on Long Ridge, Sam's Hump, Key Ranch Drop-off, and Iron Wall Hump. All on #4 silver Mepps.

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Way to go Adam! Happy New Year men!

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Wow 2021 has been a heck of a great catching year for DC (and me too.) Happy New Year, Dennis the fish Menace and everyone on TFF. Wishing everyone good catching in 2022 as well. cheers

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1/1/2022: Yep, Todd, 2021 was a great fishing year. Had lots of fun fishing with old and new friends, and, wow, four overnight fishing trips! It will be hard to top that (for me) in 2022. Adam and I did get to fish today, going over to the west side of CC where it was less choppy. We had a good 1st day for 2022 with another 64 white bass and 2 nice yellow bass from noon to 3:45 PM. We caught fish at Long Ridge West, Key Ranch Drop-off, 3-Jug Hump, Old Pond Dam, and Merimac Point. At Merimac, we marked fish in 9 fow, parked up-wind of them, and made long casts downwind. We kept the Mepps 4 low to the bottom with smooth retrieves that we stopped suddenly if no bite in a 2 to 2.5 second drag. Starting the following drag smoothly usually got us a strike.

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Thanks Dennis for a great fishing trip.

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Mr. Christian(or anyone w/the answer): don’t mean to steal this thread but where do y’all find Mepps spinners in the #4 size? I check stores in the DFW area(Bass Pro, Cabellas….) and online(Mepps, Tackle Warehouse…) and find mostly smaller trout type Mepps. What is y’all’s source? Thank you, Neil.

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Originally Posted by 361V
Mr. Christian(or anyone w/the answer): don’t mean to steal this thread but where do y’all find Mepps spinners in the #4 size? I check stores in the DFW area(Bass Pro, Cabellas….) and online(Mepps, Tackle Warehouse…) and find mostly smaller trout type Mepps. What is y’all’s source? Thank you, Neil.


I just put in an order for Mepps Plain Aglia #2 and #4 from Fish USA https://www.fishusa.com/

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