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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Monster Shallow-Water Stripers

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Revenge of the Urbanites

Good read for those interested…

Lovfldx: Revenge of the Urbanites
Got off work a little early today, so naturally, took off to Bachman. fished the airport side, only caught one dink, but 3 decent hookups with respectable bass.

Took off to the Lower Bachman Creek, and immediately got into some spotted bass, and one misplaced crappie. Got about 10 decent spots. Moved to WRC, upper end, looking for spawning sandies, it is apparently over there. Saw one bass in 5 lb range on a bed, and more carp than i care to talk about. water crystal clear. One huge orange koi cruising with the carp. Back to Bachman, Denton Drive levee.

As I was pulling into rec ctr pkg lot, my old crappie fishing buddy, Bobby pulled up. He has been tearing up largemouths all over the lake on big flukes. We walked to Levee together. He sets up in one spot, I move maybe 20 yds down from him.

FIRST CAST, BOOM A Massive monster female bass, easily 7-8 lbs, maybe more, annihilates my Rainbow Trout colored 1/8th oz rooster tail, and the fight is on! Strips line, jumps, starts to strip more line, i calmly let her run, then gently turn her towards me. She goes airborne a second time, and i mean this fish is VERY LARGE! Runs again, i let her strip some more line, same routine, gently turn her towards me, she feels the pressure, AND GOES AIRBORNE A THIRD TIME!. Keep in mind, this is Bachman, Urban Central, jogging/walking trail behind me on top of levee. By the second jump i have a crowd/cheering section, one good non fishing buddy on a bicycle, 3 legit fishermen, and various assorteds, cheering me on. The third jump produces one final run, then i gently turn her towards the bank, she is starting to give up the fight.

I get her to the bank, having no net, UL gear and 6 lb test, i kneel on levee, hand outstretched to lip fish. She is quite large. I grip bottom lip to lift, she has got one more ounce of strength left, she shakes head as i press down on lower jaw to lift, AND THEN- - - - - - - -

The rooster tail comes flying out of her mouth at bullet velocity, zings within millimeters of my left eye, and buries itself into my scalp, between eye and ear!

The impact knocks me temporarily loopy(remember, a rooster tail is painted lead with a wire running through it), sits me on my arse, I yelp as i can see from the corner of my eye the rooster tail dangling from my hair!

The bass, taking it all in, seems to stare at such a strange vision, then straightens up, and after maybe 5 seconds, nonchalantly swims away into water deep enough where I couldn't see him anymore!!

My three buddies are laughing, the crowd starts to dissipate, and then on closer inspection, see that one of the treble hook barbs is buried in scalp, barb turned inward. Immediately needle nose and wire cutters materialize, and two of the three barbs are snipped off as is the main body of the rooster tail, and off to the doc i go. Simple enough matter for the doc. Deadens area, apparently twists scalp skin till she finds barb, turns it, pushes tip out, cuts it with sterilized wire cutters, then pushes shank through. No stitches, just a pin prick hole in my skull.

Back to fishing tomorrow, that monster is still roaming that lake, and i am gonna look for her!


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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Rowlett Creek 2016 - Limit this morning!

Someone limited out this morning in an hour and a half!
Nice!
CatfishBilly: Re: Rowlett Creek 2016
Been down here for an hour & a half & we already caught our limit.


 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Bethany Lakes

Morning bite was slow but the afternoon picked up at Bethany Lakes. Bass were going for a Bent Damsel Fly and a Mardis Gras Near Deere!


Lake Somerville

Latest on the White Bass run on Somerville…

commander1967: Re: Lake Somerville
Newman's open for the HIKE in......I do believe creek walking is done for the year. But I am going to hit it ONE more time before ready'ing the boat. my son, wife and I are going to do the walk one last time. Hopefully find a few stragglers through out the creek. Hit a couple of the deep holes to check for those crappie. We shall see.....ONE LAST TIME!!!!!!!!!!!....see ya out there.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Rowlett Creek Video

Cool video on RC!
Fisherman13: Re: Community Lakes
Here is my video from Rowlett Creek last Tuesday. I didn't have the patience to add any music yet. So the video is kinda lame but anyways.
http://youtu.be/FJLcyG-RAZE

Friday, March 25, 2016

Nolan Creek, Belton TX

Like this report!
mbarker68x: Nolan Creek, Belton TX
Went out this morning before the wife went to work. Grabbed the 3wt BVK. With all the construction they have done in the parks and along the river the usual hot spots have changed up a bit. fish have spread out some but are still there.
Size 14 Hares Ear

Size 12 Briminator

 

Lavon dam - Maybe?

Maybe keep this one in mind… Lake Lavon Tailrace.
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LakeForkGroupie: Re: Lavon dam
Sounds like Lavon Dam River will be the ticket this weekend. Rowlett will be a mess from the bridge Construction, and Lavon Dam is releasing at 792cfs right now. I bet it's on and popping over there. Any reports of the hybrids showing up over there?
 

Community Lakes - Bethany

Great update on Bethany Lakes…
McKinneyLonghorn: Re: Community Lakes
Originally Posted By: semicole
How is it right now at Bethany as windy as it is? I was thinking of heading over there with my fly rod around 4 today.


Fishing at Bethany is really solid right now, but I am not sure how well fly casting would work because of the wind. The wind makes things difficult but if you can get the lure to the fish they will bite. Best bet is to find places that are out of the wind, which is not too difficult with all the trees and buildings scattered around the park.
 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Denison Dam... Goldeye!

This is cool, a Goldeye at Denison!
Tony from Oak Point: Re: Denison Dam
They are very toothy so got to be goldeye. If you lipped one you'd need a bandaid.

Rowlett Creek 2016 _update

Sounds like RC is still getting bit!
Fisherman13: Re: Rowlett Creek 2016
Conditions looked great today.... low pressure and some passing clouds should have been a great morning at the creek.
Here are a few pics of the ones I caught yesterday evening. Not very big but fun to catch on light line. Try some of those tiny flukes on 1/32 ounce jig head under a bobber about 4ft or so. That worked great yesterday. I caught and released a bunch. Also got some on a clouser minnow fly.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Rowlett Creek 2016 - Another Report comes in....

Action is still happening for White Bass on the RC… even Hybrids are getting in the mix!
Nobita1234: Re: Rowlett Creek 2016

went RC this early morning, fish about 40 min before go to work. Keep one 22' hybrid and release 3 sand bass.

Re: Rowlett Creek 2016 - Another Report comes in....

Action is still happening for White Bass on the RC… even Hybrids are getting in the mix!
Nobita1234: Re: Rowlett Creek 2016

went RC this early morning, fish about 40 min before go to work. Keep one 22' hybrid and release 3 sand bass.

Re: Rowlett Creek 2016 - Another Report comes in....

Action is still happening for White Bass on the RC… even Hybrids are getting in the mix!
Nobita1234: Re: Rowlett Creek 2016

went RC this early morning, fish about 40 min before go to work. Keep one 22' hybrid and release 3 sand bass.

Rowlett Creek 2016 - Another Report comes in....

Action is still happening for White Bass on the RC… even Hybrids are getting in the mix!
Nobita1234: Re: Rowlett Creek 2016

went RC this early morning, fish about 40 min before go to work. Keep one 22' hybrid and release 3 sand bass.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Granger San Gabriel/Willis Creek

Do keep this one in mind on water flow….
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fishytx: Re: Granger San Gabriel/Willis Creek
They are still releasing water from lake Georgetown, so the river is still flowing above normal. It's great for the white bass spawn. These fish are probably going a long way upstream to spawn, plus that many more will spawn out successfully. Awesome for future fishery. But last time I checked, they were releasing 466 cfs.

Denison Dam - Water Flow...

We hope this is true; would be nice to get a round of fishing in sooner than later!
River Mongrel: Re: Denison Dam
Should be turning the water off to a minimal flow pretty quickly. The inflow is way down and lake level is at normal. Anyone know anything?
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

PK stockers

Sounds like Trout are still a possibility at Possum Kingdom for some….
FWBanger: PK stockers
There's still a few stocked trout below the PK dam but you have to work for them. I started out just below the dam this morning and managed a few small stripers/sunfish in the big pool. I moved down a ways and caught a nice sized trout on a BWO. I then moved a little further down and managed two more smaller trout both on BWOs but I had to work for them. I bet it took me 2 hours and changing flies 5 times to catch those last two trout. They were rising I just couldn't quite get them to bite. I moved back up stream and threw an olive wooly booger and managed a 14" striper. It didn't seem to fight very hard as it didn't break my 4lb test line. I threw that same fly right back in and a much bigger striper broke me off. I tied another fly directly to my 8lb leader and an even bigger striper immediately broke it off. I tied another fly directly to my leader and of course the striper had moved on. I saw a few more trout in the water as I went to retrieve a snagged fly but none of them were interested in anything else I threw. I moved back to the first pool and threw a few more times with no luck. This may have been due to the two guys bow fishing along the bank. The day started off a bit cool at 33 degrees but warmed up nicely. All in all it was a good day.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Hungry Inner City Bass

Bass looking good in the city today!
Lovfldx: Re: Hungry Inner City Bass
Back to the creek today, wind so high, Bachman lake proper was basically unfishable from shore. Creek with steep high banks, fairly calm.

Mixed bag today: Green Sunfish, bluegills, longear sunfish, crappie, warmouth, and yes, spotted and largemouth bass. They did not want the rooster tail at all today. The front made them lethargic, so they wanted something slow. Nothing much slower than a tube jig under a bobber. Two hot colors today were red/chartreuse, and white with silver metal flake, on UNPAINTED jig heads of course. 1/32nd. oz. jig heads. Fished 12-15 inches under the bobber. Did not get pics of the greenies or the bluegills, but the two greenies were 8 inches long, and several of the bluegills were 7-8 inches long each.

Spotted bass:









Largemouths:





These are just some of the fish caught, all told, counting all species, i caught about 50. For the first hour could not buy a bite, then around 4 pm, they just got plugged into the light socket and went beserk, biting the jig EVERY cast! They went on a feeding on plastic frenzy! It was insane, and loads of fun. Walked the creek from bridge to bridge(harry Hines to Denton Dr.) and every hole where i could not see the bottom held fish. I came across a large sow bass, 6 lbs or bigger, that was hugging the bank, and staring at me. She would completely ignore everything i tempted her with. Only one thing on her mind and that was putting those eggs on a bed.

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Bank Fishing : ** Annual White Bass/ Sand Bass Run Fishing Guide Report, Tips, Videos, & Tricks **

Always great reports and info from local fishing guide Carey Thorn!
TarponFly: ** Annual White Bass/ Sand Bass Run Fishing Guide Report, Tips, Videos, & Tricks **
Welcome to the "Annual Sandbass & Hybrid Striper Run" @ Rowlett Creek @ Lake Ray Hubbard & Hickory Creek @ Lake Lewisville and many more!

I'm Carey Thorn. Licensed Professional Fishing Guide. Full Time, Year Round, FULLY INSURED FOR YOUR SAFTEY & MINE. Bass Pro Shop Sponsored and Guiding for over 10 Years at Rowlett Creek and all around the Dallas Metroplex Bank or Boat. My clients and I have landed over 100,00 fish from just one little creek, Rowlett Creek. I will show you how to land these hard fighting fish all on your own. If you just don't get the hang of it, I'll take you out and teach you how to do this on your own with out me, the very next day, for only $100.00 each. Think how much time, gas, lures, and bait you use every trip? $40 on average seem about right? Skip 2-3 days of wasting money on an empty stringer and come on out with us! We will show you how, when, where, and teach you how to do this on your very own. The next day after the trip, you will be catching fish on your own and filling your stringer, and finally posting Hero Pics of your own! And, make sure you text me where your catching them!

White Bass/ Sand Bass: Are freshwater fish that are migratory in nature, like Salmon. They spend most of their lives in the open-water portions of lakes and reservoirs or river pools. But when water temperatures rise above 55-60 degrees F, its usually the peak time to catch them in the creeks and rivers. Between February and May, White Bass migrate up rivers and streams seeking gravel or rocky bottom areas to begin spawning activity. With the end of March being the "Peak Time", in Central Texas bodies of water.

Males arrive at the spawning grounds about one month ahead of females and we call them "Scouts" (5-9 inchers). Rather than build nests, white bass spawn in mid-water. As the males and the female move toward the surface of the water, the female releases 62,000 to 1,000,000 eggs that are rapidly fertilized. During this, you will see a pod of fish come to the surface and boil during spawning. About 10 fish or so will be in this pod of boiling fish, with one female in between the ruckus. A lot of people will cast to the boiling fish, but usually don't respond to their bait, due to they have one thing on their minds at the moment. After the female lays all her eggs, she leaves and goes right back to the lake. The male stay and just wait for more females to arrive, as they come in droves. Sometimes by the 1000's. When they come in thick like that, usually you have less than 2 weeks to catch crazy numbers of them. Sometimes going over 300 landed sand bass in three hours or less. Most are Females that come up by the 1000's, and they will only be there to lay eggs and get out. So again, you will see just great crazy days, then slow to regular for a couple.... then back to crazy. Rain always helps the females push up the creek systems.

These adhesive, fertilized eggs, sink to the bottom and stick to gravel, boulders, or vegetation. The eggs hatch in two to three days, but because the adult white bass do not protect the eggs, few survive. Those that do, however, grow rapidly to 4 or 5 inches in length by the end of the summer and migrate back to open water to join the adults in the main lake. So when you catch a 5-9 inch Sand Bass, 99% of the time, it was born in the very same creek or river the previous season.



( Fly Fishing is deadly on Sand Bass. A lot of times out fishing live bait )

White bass can be easily confused with striped bass, hybrid striped bass, yellow bass. You might want to study how to tell the difference between a Sand bass and a Hybrid Striper. If you don't figure this topic out, the game wardens will help you out after giving you a big fine and possibly taking you gear and impounding your vehicle. Make sure you don't miscount and go over your limit and make sure the fish are 10 inches or over (Sand Bass). I try not to keep anything unless its 11 inches and over. The little fish, 10-11 inches, just are not worth the time and effort to clean. But, the ball is in your court, keep what you want within the law.

The typical weight of a white bass is between one-half and 2 pounds, though they can grow to 3 or 4 pounds. The world record white bass is 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Most grow to a length of between 10 and 12 inches, though they can reach 17 inches or more. Their life span can be as long as 10 years, however, few survive more than four years. Like many fish, females generally grow larger, faster, and live longer than males.

White bass are attracted to small, live bait, such as shad, shiners, crawdads, bugs, and minnows. They are also more than willing to bite an artificial lure, another reason they are popular with anglers. Such lures as small jigs and crank baits, as well as top water lures, have proven successful. Its not uncommon to catch over 50 to 100 fish per outing, Sometimes over 300 on a good day. If you have the right gear and you might get your limit of 25 fish within 30 mins!

Hybrids have only one true way to ID them. Two tongue patches. Very Obvious!






-Even Kids Can Do This!!!



Gear:

Soccer Cleats are very important in the creeks of DFW. They are surrounded my high clay banks and when wet, they are slick as ice. Soccer cleats can be bought cheap 10-20 bucks at Walmart or Academy. Whatever is on clearance. They dig into the clay banks and will save your rear end from slipping down a cliff into the water. Do not stand on limestone or you will fall right over. Cleats and limestone don't mix very well.

Waders- Help you navigate the banks when there are none! Some spots require you to wade to get to a pocket or just to cross the creek. Stocking foot breathable waders are the must have. They have a neoprene bootie that you can use any shoe or boot on. The "Duck Boot' waders are heavy and have no traction on the big boot. Try and get the ones with the most pockets. $100-$150 with the occasional $80 ones.

- 4-6 Pound Fluorocarbon or Mono Fishing Line. I hate braid. Cant stand it unless saltwater fishing or pier fishing. The sandbass are 2 lbs or less on average, so there is absolutely no reason to go over 6 lb fishing line. I prefer 4 lb line and I just double the size of the fish I am targeting. Most of yall are having trouble catching due to your using to heavy on line. Drop down to 4 lb and I promise your catch ratio will go up, -if your fishing where there are fish.

-Back pack to carry everything in.

- Polarized Glasses. $20 pair works just as good as the $500 pair. Don't fish without them! Ever! Its just plain silly!!!!!!!So, why are polarized lenses so awesome? Polarized lenses are coated with a special chemical film that helps reduce glare. Glare is caused when light from the sun is reflected off of water or a solid surface. By neutralizing glare, polarized lenses help you see objects more clearly, and also help reduce the harmful effects of UV light. So that means, you can see the fish! Or, where there are no fish. It helps tremendously with seeing snags under water too!

- 6-7 Foot Medium Action Rod the list goes on and on what rod to use. $20-30 for a Cherrywood rod at Academy or their Classic Addition rods. Great cheap creek rods that hold up nicely. Note: when walking down the trails point the rod behind you. This will prevent hangups and jabbing the rod in a bush and breaking your tip off.

- Spinning Reel to match

- A Cooler With Ice, to Transport Fish. Many places in Texas now, require you to take your fish to your home residence, RV, or campground to process the fish. Some game wardens enforce, this and some don't. I have been warned many times, so we no longer clean your catch. You must bring a cooler to transport the fish home in. Get the ice after the trip. Pay attention!!!!----> don't show up with a small Styrofoam cooler. You have to have a cooler big enough to transport 25 fish that are 12-15 inches long and weigh 2 pounds. Then you have the hybrids that get on average 18-24 inches long and 5-10 lbs each. You can take 5 of those a day plus 25 sandies. Sometimes it happens so be prepared. Id get the ice on the way out at a Sonic if possible, they have crushed ice.

- Stringer 10 ft. preferred nylon not cotton. The cotton will catch on their gills and make it hard to get them off. I poke the stringer through their bottom lip and out through their mouth so they live longer and lay nicer on the stringer. If you go though their gills you will damage them and the fish will die way faster.



( PlanoKeith above having an absolute blast. He told me he had been at the creek flyfishing for a week or so with not one sandie. I finally had some time when he was at the creek, and I called him and we met in the woods and I took him to a spot loaded with fish in 1-2 ft of water. The rest is history )

- Fishing License- Must be on you at all times w/ I.D.

-Small Size 6-10 Split shots

-Size 6 & 8 Eagle Claw bait hooks bronze or nickel. Shiny stainless Steele are best but expensive. Sometimes you can just throw out a stainless hook and catch a limit. (sometimes)

-Small 2 inch Comel bobbers peggable ( Walmart and Academy)

-Glue- super glue (Quick Lock) your jig head to the soft plastic and prevent short strikes or wear and tear on the plastic, making it fall off or slip off the shaft of the hook.

-Soft Plastic Baits: Zoom Tiny Flukes or Fin-S-Shad in pearl, black or red (night time), white, pink, neon green, albino, silver, smoking shad colors w/ 1/32 oz & 1/16 Jig Head ( for deep water and faster current I will bump up to a 1/8th oz jig head ) Color sometimes matters and helps. In stained water, chartreuse & pink are great colors jig head wise. Then white is always a good medium to start with. Also a great jig body is a Funky Monkey Thump Buddy by http://constantpursuitoutfitters.com/hom...p;product_id=70
Those jig bodies are made out of a beach ball like material and if you glue that to your hook, it will not wear out. You will loose it before that happens.

-Medium Minnows: are a true 2.5-3 inches long. Make sure you get what you pay for.

-Extra Large Minnows need to be minimum 5 inches long. Bigger the better! Make sure you look at them before you spend the money.

- Shad 3-5 inches long are the ultimate baits.

-Also try a live crawdad or just the tail on the bottom for hybrids. Sandies will pick up a crawdad tail too. Get them at Fiesta in the seafood section!


***** When hooking a minnow, hook them through the bottom lip and out through a nostril. This will prevent them from dying so fast. If you hook them through the tail, every time you retrieve the bait, it comes back spinning and the water drag rips their gills and kills them. Hooking through the bottom of their jaw keeps them alive almost all day if nothing bites it. Sometimes you will get bite and the minnow comes back with no eye balls or guts. Those are bluegills eating the minnows soft parts. Move locations due to there probably are no big game fish around that spot.

***** If you get a hold of threadfin or gizzard shad, hook them sideways through their jelly nose. This will keep them alive longest. Once they die, re-bait! Sandies and hybrids don't normally hit dead bait. But sometimes they do, but live frisky bait gets a reaction strike faster then a non moving bait. Hold the bait under the water while on the hook, 2 inches under water. If its moving its good. You can really only tell if its alive when in the water. Sometimes if you hold them out of the water they wont move and you will think its dead.

Carolina Rig the shad and minnows. If your not familiar with this, Google it or youtube.

Cast Net/ Throw Net- can not be over 7 ft. long in the state of Texas. Catching your own bait will save you $100's of dollars a season. Shad, baby blue gills, red tail shiners, creek chubs, and people bait they threw out, will all be in the creek systems.

Now, How to Catch White Bass or Sand Bass in Creeks and Rivers:

White Bass/ Sand Bass start showing up in the creeks and rivers sometime in February on most years. Sometimes a month early or late. When I first start scouting the creeks, I look for them in eddies along the banks. These are spots like little run-ins; bank cave-ins, debris piles, riprap. I look for places where some type of structure deflects the current and forms a small eddy behind (downstream from) it. The fish do not want to exert to much energy so they will hide in the current breaks. Early in the year the white bass school up in these deep holes, waiting to push further and further up the creek systems and river systems. Every time it floods, the fish migrate further and further upstream. I have seen them get on their side in 2 inches of water and flutter up the shallow rapids by the 100's. Truly amazing site to see.

I catch 90% of my fish near bottom. So most of the time I throw my jig right into the hole, then let it fall until my line goes slack meaning its on the bottom, or even sometimes a fish will grab it before hitting the bottom. Once the jig is on the bottom I start reeling it back in, sort of jigging it to maintain bottom contact at the slightest level. You don't want to drag it on the bottom. If you feel a tap on the line, set the hook!

If the pockets are 6 ft. or shallower, I love throwing the Jig & Bobber set up. When the bait lands in the water make sure the bobber is standing straight up. If it lays on its side, your fishing to shallow. Just pull the bobber down 6 inches at a time till it stops hitting bottom. Then with your rod tip, twitch the bobber 1/4 inch at a time trying to keep it in the strike zone as long as possible. Using your rod tip, twitch it making the bobber scoot 1/4 of an inch. 1-2-3, pause. 1,2,3, pause......etc. You need to give the jig time to fall back down of you twitch it. The bobber usually doesn't go under! Remember your already on the bottom. Most of the time you will just see the bobber suddenly twitch or stop. SET IT!!!! Anything you didn't do to the bobber, set the freaking hook before the fish poops out the bait.

Rooster tails and road runner baits also will tear into some sandies. These are cast and retrieve lures. Reel as fast as you thin a small minnow can swim. That's plain and simple. Colors are usually white, chrome, silver, and chartreuse.

Same thing for the jerk baits or small Rapala's that look like a minnow. The problem with small crank baits, you loose one- its probably 5-7 dollars. They work great but costly to loose.

Finessing a Tiny Fluke. Take a size 8 bait hook or octopus hook, and hook the fluke like it has eyes. This is deadly with 4 lb line. Cast it out and start reeling the slack while twitching the rod a 1/4 of an inch maintaining a tight line. This will make the fluke dart around and the sandies cant stand it. They will come from 5 feet away to smash the fluke. See video below.




When a white bass bites your jig or minnow, it'll almost every time SLAM it. When you catch a White Bass from a pocket or spot your casting at, I'll stay there and cast 20 more times. If not bite, Ill leave to another spot. When I walk back, by the spots I got bites or landed a fish previously, I will cast to those exact spots everyday. It's "very rare" to catch just one sandy in a spot. Usually there are 20-100 in the same small pocket. When one fish moves upstream or downstream, the whole pocket/school of fish follow. So don't be tromping around in the pockets that are knee deep. If your Knee Deep, your probably standing of fish! The females start showing up in the creeks and rivers a 2 weeks to a month after the males arrive. The females and more males come up in huge schools mainly at night or during high water after a flood. The peak of the run when most females and males are in the same spots is usually sometime in April. The peak of the run lasts a week or two, to where you can catch 300 sandies no problem in 2-3 hours. To a point you just go home out of boredom catching so many every cast, or your arms hurt! At peak spawn, the females are huge! Usually 15 inches to 17 inches on average if the healthy previous spawns were good.

Fly Fishing:



One of the most



Some days, the fish just wont bite. You can see them, but they just wont bite bait or a lure. The day before a rain, sometimes they get geared up to make a run upstream with the rising water coming and everything is correct with the weather pattern but they just get a bit of lock jaw. Cold Fronts are your worst enemy. The day after a cold front is a beautiful blue bird day usually and the air pressure is probably going to sky rocket. A biologist told me one day, that the Barometric Air Pressure drastically changing, affects their air bladders making them uncomfortable ceasing their hunger while the pressure fluctuates. This is not set in stone. Sometimes they will bite in very high and very low air pressure systems, but not often, even in the peak of the run they will shut down to a complete hault. See this link for that topic and how to read the weather and why the fish might not be biting. ---->http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/8847076/3

Rain systems: If its raining out there, the sandies don't like it. They will hide under laydowns, under-water shelves, under timber piles, under bridges, etc. The don't want to get wet.




The early morning bite and the late afternoon bite is always the best. These fish have come from their winter homes in 30-50 ft of water and they have not seen the sun in 3-4 months. So now they are in 2-10 foot of water. So when the sun hits the water, they freak and find a deep pocket to ride the afternoon out in, find the deepest pockets possible. And most important fish the shaded pockets first. The fish will follow the shade. Fishing from 10 am till 4 pm is usually the slowest time of day to catch them. There will be a certain time of day you will notice they will slow down. Then you will know when you need to be fishing certain spots. Sometimes for three miles of the creek, nothing is happening. But, lower downstream or up might be kicking. You have to move to be successful, or just know where the hot pockets of fish are. Time on water and exploring in the winter months when the water is clear, is imperative. I will know within 10 minutes if the fish are biting when getting to the waters edge. They are either biting or they are not. But then again, I might not be using what they want. Sometimes free lining a minnow with no weight might be the ticket. You just have to play around with the different baits and lures till you find out what they really want that day. The pattern is usually the same throughout the season, once you find out the lure they want. Try and figure out what they are eating in the creek. Minnows, shad, crawdads. Match the hatch, color, and size and things start to fall into place.

Once you get good at catching them, you will actually get a bored at times. Mix it up a bit and give yourself a handicap.






Fishing Regulations and Size Limits:


White bass: 25 per person/ 10 inches minimum

Yellow Bass: NO LIMIT OR SIZE LIMIT

Hybrid Striper: 5 per person/ 18 inches minimum

Crappie: 25 per person/ 10 inches minimum

Black Bass: 5 per person/ 14 inch minimum

Channel and Blue catfish: 25 per person/ 12 inch minimum

Flathead Catfish: 5 per person/ 18 inch minimum






Game Warden Numbers:

Martin- 214-886-4074

Sergio- 972-754-2934







Dangers:

Poison Ivy and Oak

Copper Head Snake's

Water Moccasin's

Thorny Vines that poke holes in your waders

Steep cliffs with slippery clay banks

Gun Range- bullets and bird shot ricochets

Loose boulders and rocks

With all this, if you just don't get it, we are here to help. I have told yall how I do it. You just need to go get them now. If you just cant get it down to a science, I will make your life easy and simple with full stringers everyday you go to the creek. Spend 4 hours with me, and I will have you catching fish within 10 mins of getting there. Make the wife happy with something to show for all the time you were gone. And, take your kids fishing!



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Community Lakes - Bethany

Liking the Bass action from a report on Saint Patrick's Day at Bethany Lakes in Allen!
McKinneyLonghorn: Re: Community Lakes
Had a great night fishing at Bethany on St. Patrick's Day. In fact, I accomplished what I have dubbed the Bethany Lakes Grand Slam - catching at least one bass from each of the four ponds in one day. Started off in the Horseshoe Pond with a bass off a bed using a Baby Brush Hog. Then caught four in the Main Pond using a wakebait, plus one off a bed using a Senko that actually jumped back out of the water and onto the bank once I released him (and luckily I caught that on video). Finished with two more fish on a wakebait, one from the Upper Pond and one from the Lower Pond 35-40 minutes after sunset. The last two fish I caught were the biggest of the night so I finished on a hot streak. Here is the video.

Also, I noticed a lot of fish on beds and a lot of people having no luck catching them. The thing I noticed about all of the fisherman was that they were walking right up to the bed, standing right over the fish and dropping straight down onto the bed. There is no doubt in my mind the fish knew they were there and were therefore not even remotely interested in biting. Just a reminder that if you want to catch fish on beds you've got to sneak up on them and get your lure into the bed before they know you're there. Wearing clothing that blends into the background is also beneficial, which I why I almost always wear a shirt that is some sort of blue/green color.


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Friday, March 18, 2016

Denison Dam Reports Are Coming In!

Looks like Stripers can be had on flukes!
River Mongrel: Re: Denison Dam
Caught a few in the flow last night from the rocks. This is best fish of the night.Flukes on a half oz jighead.

Last Stocking of Blue River This Season

Noted a post on the Blue River Facebook page indicating the last stocking of trout this season was Monday. It was a double load of trout per a reply to the original post. Keep this in mind if thinking of hitting the Blue this weekend!

Mardis Gras Near Deere....

Have been getting steady bites using the Mardis Gras Near Deere for the Bass at Bethany Lakes. Looks like small bait fish imitations are working. Will see what happens after this front passes in the next day or so! More to come…. PS: May tie some samples for those that are interested.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Somerville Action...

Like this report just down the road from the old alma mater… Somerville and White Bass/Hybrids!
hoggwild: Re: Lake Somerville
The moon, planet and stars must all of been aligned today.
Trolled few areas with nothing. Graphed a few schools but no takers.
Around 6pm the birds got to working and I was hot on the trail.
Hybrids and whites were surfacing. The graph lit up and it was on!
All on mainlake 15ft of water.

23whites, 4 hybrids

Rowlett Creek 2016 - Morning Update 2

Even better on the second report on the action on RC… this one has pics!
kingfisher17: Re: Rowlett Creek 2016



Fished with KFJ again this morning and also decided to bring a buddy along. Me and my buddy got 33.

Rowlett Creek 2016 - Morning Update 1

This is promising… morning update on RC's Sandbass action!
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9point: Re: Rowlett Creek 2016
Caught 13 this morning lost 7 on lucky stringer . If yall see stringer you could have fish. I just want my lucky
Stringer back. Lol. Oh they were on the bottom this mornin and walk around

Lake Lavon Dam

A report from Lake Lavon… looks like some fish.
Perry: Re: Lavon dam
I went down this morning .. People catching a couple sandbass, buffalo,and drum.. It was actually a lot slower than I thought it would be.. Didn't see any hybrids caught or crappie but I'm sure they are in there somewhere.. I was only able to stay for hour or so.. Long enough to find out that I have a leak in my waders!!

Is It Ethical To Fish On Spawning Beds?

Food for thought as the upcoming spawn ramps up!
Lloyd5: Is It Ethical To Fish On Spawning Beds?
It is that great time of year for fishermen, spring. Quite probably the absolute very best greatest time of the entire year for fishermen. The water is warming up, the air is warming up, things are turning green, the fish are warming up, and the fish are biting. Great stuff all around. Especially the fish are biting part.

This is also the time of year that presents some fishermen with one of the most exciting forms of fishing - spawn beds. It can also be a controversial type of fishing, with some being passionately against it. Here are some of the arguments I've heard (usually over a beer) from the two sides:

Against

The health and well being of the fishery relies in large part on the reproductive cycle of the fish. The odds of each fry living to be a big fish are incredibly small under the best of circumstances, and interfering with the spawn fish reduces those odds further. Removing a fish from the spawn bed can interfere with the laying and fertilizing of eggs and/or the parent fish's defense of the recently hatched fry from marauding fish.

Even with catch and release the stress placed on the fish by the fisherman harms the viability of the egg laying and fertilizing process. Perhaps even more dangerous to the fish is that with the parent fish gone from the bed the fry are defenseless against the marauding fish the parent fish was there to stop. An entire school of fry can be wiped out in the short time between catch and release.

With the parent fish "stuck" on the bed in defensive mode the act of catching one is less sportsman-like. This is a time when the fish is most vulnerable to fishermen, has little or no choice about being in the location it is at for several days, has a set of hard-wired reactions to anything that comes within its territory that makes catching one almost a lead pipe cinch. In other words, not much of a challenge for the fisherman.

It's a bad public image for fishermen and gives ammo to those that would ban the sport.

For

If fishing spawn beds was detrimental to fish populations we'd have seen a reduction in fish populations over the past decades. This has not been the case. Contrary to the decimation theory what we are seeing is better fishing than ever. When a theory is not backed up by observation, then the theory is wrong. Therefore fishing on spawn beds does not damage the fishery.

Catching a fish any time of the year puts some stress on it, yet nearly all catch and release fish survive the encounter. This is true during the spawn also. A caught and released fish retains its eggs or milt and does not stop the reproductive process.

The number of fry eaten by predator fish while the parent fish is off the nest will be made up for by survival of fry from nearby nests that didn't have a parent fish removed. In any given year there will be only so many fry that can survive, that the fishery can carry - and the large number of excess fry in the entire fishery more than makes up for any localized deficits caused by fishing. It's this system that fish have for species survival, an extremely high number of redundant fry, and it is a system that works well.

Catching fish off of beds isn't always as easy as some make it sound. There can be a great deal of persistence required to get a fish to strike. Many times they can't be made to strike. It is therefore as sportsman-like as any other fishing technique.

Spawn bed fishing is often sight fishing. Sight fishing doesn't happen much the rest of the year. Sight fishing is a rare treat, and spawn bed fishing is generally the best time to get to do it, for a lot of fishermen it's the only time they get to do it. There is something especially intriguing about casting to a fish you can see. There is also something most extraordinarily exciting about watching a fish take your presentation. Once experienced it becomes a type of fishing you want to do as much of as you can.
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Both sides can find statistics and theory to support their assertions. Like politics and religion, it sometimes may be more of a passion than a reasoned or logical position. One side wants to protect fish, the other side doesn't think the fish need that particular protection. It's a discussion that will likely never end and will sell a lot of beer in the local pub.

Which side do you fall on? I'm kind of partial to Corona myself.

Granger San Gabriel/Willis Creek - March 17, 2016

One report on the bite there!
fishytx: Re: Granger San Gabriel/Willis Creek
 Despite the high water on this river, we are still on a goid bite.
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Bank fishing access to PK creeks - Sandbass?

This is good information to keep handy when fishing Possum Kingdom!
PKfishin: Re: Bank fishing access to PK creeks?
Go up hwy 16 like you are going to Graham and take the 533 cutoff. Fish Rock creek. reports are that it's chock full of sandbass right now.


Pedernales River

Be really nice to hit the Hill Country for some fishing!
agfisher02: Re: Reimer's Ranch - Pedernales River 2016
Fished this morning from 7-9:30am and picked up 33. Kept 2 for lunch. All were caught on 2 in shad flukes with a 1/16oz green jig head. Reeling as slow as I could without hanging up was the key. I tried roadrunners, inline spinners, and flys after and only got a few bites, but no hook ups.

Fished around newly submerged cover between the ramp and the shallows.

Looked like it was going to be another busy day at the park as there already around 10 boats and several people setting up for the day on the shore when I left.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Rowlett Creek 2016... Morning Report.

Here is one from this morning on the run at RC.
z7x374: Re: Rowlett Creek 2016
Went and hit the same spot this morning and for the same amount of time. It downright sucked. Kept 8 large sandies. Threw back 3 10 inch sandies and easily over 15 baby crappie.


Bite was nice and consistent but it seems like the crappie pushed the sandies out of the hole I was fishing. Probably air pressure change with the front coming in.

Ill be bass fishing the remainder of the week/weekend. Might get back to the creek or hit another creek next tuesday.

Where to Fish in Dallas this Spring... TPWD Email

Nice to know from TPWD…!


Dallas has some of the best fishing in the state, from large lakes to small neighborhood ponds.

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