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Cedar Creek Report 8/28/2022 #14461534 08/28/22 04:12 PM
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This weekend is the first time I've been on the lake since early July. With the heat wave and CC lake down to the point I couldn't get my boat on/off my cradle, my wife and I decided to get out of Texas and headed to the mountains of New Mexico (highs in the 70s) for three weeks, then to Alabama for a beach trip and San Diego for work last week.

Launched my boat yesterday just before noon and ran a quick scouting run on my way back to my dock. Fished my 1/16th ounce Thump Chubbie for a couple minutes and decided it was time to down size. Switched to the only other lure I fish with -- white/chart 1/32 oz hair jig -- and immediately got bit. Fished a total of 3 spots on the way back home and caught 12, all on piles in 18 - 20 fow.

Headed out this morning (a little later than planned) and caught 28 between 7:30am and 10am, all on the 1/32 oz hair jig. I still have a freezer full of fish, so didn't keep any. Caught a few dinks but most were keepers but nothing huge -- the biggest 3 were around 13". As usual for this time of year, I caught 2 - 4 off of each pile and moved on to the next. I tried fishing a couple spots in 16 FOW but didn't find any takers. Water temp in the heat of the day yesterday was 85, this morning was 81.


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good report. thanks. do you make your hair jigs or buy them

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Re: Cedar Creek Report 8/28/2022 [Re: Ron Douthit] #14461714 08/28/22 09:09 PM
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you make it sound easy,.. fish

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Re: Cedar Creek Report 8/28/2022 [Re: shady_grady] #14462058 08/29/22 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by shady_grady
good report. thanks. do you make your hair jigs or buy them


I buy them at a local tackle shop. They have a white body and chartreuse tail.

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Originally Posted by JIM SR.
you make it sound easy,.. fish


Post spawn through December on this lake is easy for me. BUT, it's because I've put A LOT of work into it. I fish this lake (when I'm in town) 2 to 3 times per week. I've spent countless hours scanning humps and deep water points for brush piles. I know which spots are productive based on current conditions so I don't have to waste time experimenting. I keep it simple, I only use two jigs (one large, one smaller when I have to downsize) and never change colors. I target active fish and don't waste time trying to get finicky fish to bite -- I just move on to the next spot until I find active fish.

Jan - March, however, is tough for me out here. I still catch fish during that period but my catch rate is much lower. When the fish move off the 12 - 22 ft brush piles, I'm lost out here. I don't have any structure marked shallower or deeper than that. I tried dock shooting but it's a pain in the butt. I might have to break down and hire a guide when the fishing gets tough again this next winter, just to see what I'm doing wrong.

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Good job! You make me want to take better notes! roflmao

You should also give that dock shooting thing another shot! That's the only reason I would go to CC. As for winter most the crappie guides I know there don't fish or go to another lake.

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Originally Posted by Slewfoot

You should also give that dock shooting thing another shot!


That's what everyone keeps telling me smile I did at least try it twice this year in early spring. I guess I'll try it again this winter and maybe setup a rig specifically for it. I tried it with an old 7 ft cranking rod with one of my crappie reels attached -- which probably isn't ideal.

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Great report Ron! Thanks for sharing. My brother and I went out on CC in July and did pretty good. We caught at least three catfish for every crappie🤣🤣. Couldn’t keep them off our hooks! The water was crazy low! Has the lake come up much ?? I’m sure y’all got some good rain recently…

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Originally Posted by sticknstring
Great report Ron! Thanks for sharing. My brother and I went out on CC in July and did pretty good. We caught at least three catfish for every crappie🤣🤣. Couldn’t keep them off our hooks! The water was crazy low! Has the lake come up much ?? I’m sure y’all got some good rain recently…


There are a lot of catfish here. I don't have too many problems with them when using jigs but do occasionally catch one. I also catch a few sandies and hybrids in the months when I put more action on my jigs -- like pitching/drifting over the top of piles.

The lake is up 1.5 feet the low point but still over 3 ft low.

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