Creek Report and Tips:
Trash Piles are your friends, even though they are a terrible site to see. This is just something you have live with in the urban city limits.
The creeks are not polluted, its just plastic and foam trash floats and gets caught up in the creek systems. Fishing these trash piles or debris piles, is easy and fun. In the trash piles, you want to stick your jig in any small hole your jig will go through in-between the trash.
You want to let the jig hit the bottom and then one crank off the bottom. Then with one hand, grab the line and slowly lift the jig and twitch it here and there and work the whole water column. A lot of time you don’t even have to move the jig, just hold it still as you can.
Even though you are not moving the jig and you are being as still as possible, the jig is still moving. Your heart beat will do all the moving for you. Hold your hand out like you are holding a rod in your hand right now……… If you did it, you will see your arm moving with your heart beat. This goes for fishing out of a boat too. There really is no need to jig it. The boat is moving and so are you.
We do the whole jigging thing when we get bored I guess. I know we all do that! This trash pile, in the above picture, is in 3 ft-4 ft of water and provides shade and cover for the crappie while the sun is up. It also holds lots of bait fish and are easy targets for the crappie.
White Rock Creek starts as a trickle all the way up in Frisco and makes its way through Plano, Richardson, and then into Dallas with a few small trickles of creeks merging into it by the time it starts up again in Dallas. It actually goes through golf courses and residential areas that provide fishing way way up in Richardson and Plano before it touches Dallas. So in some spots way up in the other city’s, there are Bass, Crappie, and blue gills and all the other terminal native fish. But, the best place to fish out of the whole creek system, is the lake itself and the creek that dumps into it, White Rock Creek.
Most people go to Lawthur Bridge off of Loop 12/ NWHWY, and catch them, but if you would walk in any direction up or down the creek, you will find fish there too. Not just where everyone else is. Yes, they stack up in certain places, but the fish are everywhere in the creek system. If my spot is taken, I just go find a new one.
I don’t really have a “Spot”, the fish are always moving up and down the creek systems at night, so one day your spot might be void of fish, so they might have just moved around to the next bend. Its all about scouting the creek and trial and error.
I have 1000′s and 1000′s of hours bank-scouting the DFW Metroplex over the years, so I have figure things out obviously. I was guiding for 7-8 years full time on the banks of the
DFW metro area, before I got a boat. So, just because you don’t catch anything, does not mean you are in the wrong spot. You might just be fishing wrong or they are just not there, plain and simple.
We have caught fish in every stretch of the creek system and every bend and straight away. Some spots have certain fish living in them, like Black Bass, like a certain part of the creek and I can target them if asked, but the crappie are so thick, why would you want to catch a Green Trash Fish? lol….. But I cant pass up casting a some logs that always have a football bass on it.
The lake is full of Black Bass and they also follow the shad schools into the creeks.
I’m sure a lot of you have actually caught them looking for crappie! There are some quality bass in there and a lot of babies.
We had a double today!
But, the bass are mainly a by-catch on these trips. We are looking for CRAPPIE!
Jig and bobber this year is greatness. No need for minnows all the time as you can catch them on jigs just as easy 90% of the days. If the air pressure is a bit high or being wacky, Ill bring minnows, just to make sure, if the jigs are not working.
We are getting a ton more hits on the jigs when we cast out and just let it sit there. No motion needed a lot of the times. And, when you are jigging it back to you, small small twitches of the bobber, don’t pop it or the crappie will pay more attention to the bobber than the jig. The small twitches will keep you in the strike zone longer. Because if you twitch it to hard the bobber will move 6 inches every twitch instead of 1/4 inch every twitch. The long you stay in the strike zone, the better!
The water is very clear this year, so blend in with your background and don’t wear bright colors or they WILL see you standing there, if your fishing 8 ft or shallower. Also, don’t be stomping around and throwing your bait bucket up in the air to plop back in the water. Be gentle and quiet while fishing the clear waters around town. Make sure you have a measuring devise. I have a crappie taco I carry with me at all times and a tape measure as back up in case I loose the taco.
Today was steady with a bite every 2-5 mins with a few times we went 15 mins w/o anything. As the rain hit, it shut them down.