Thursday, October 16, 2014

Cedar Creek Lake fishing

Cedar Creek Lake. The lake level is at 5.25' low and the water temps are in the low to mid 70's. The water clarity is a little more stained due to the recent rainfall but still looks pretty good.
Catfish are starting to get more active in the shallow waters of the north end of the lake. Try drifting with fresh shad or shrimp in 6 to 15' of water or anchor on points on the windy side of the lake to find active fish. You can start drifting the mid to south lake areas in 10 to 30' of water as well since the water is cooling down, the bite will turn on very soon. Remember, bigger bait equals bigger fish.
Largemouth should be targeted by running and gunning the many boat docks on the lake, the trick is finding the ones with water on them. It doesn't take much water especially on the upper end of the lake where the water is more stained. Try shallow cranks, jigs and spinners and keep moving until you get bit then stop, slow down and fish a while.
Hybrids and sandies are scattered from 10' to 24' you just have to use your graph and keep fishing. Slabs are good as well as trolling and throwing swimbaits and hopping them off bottom and letting them fall back will catch more hybrids when you find them. Be sure to check all humps and points when you are scouting. The night time bite would be booming but there just aren't many dock lights in deep enough water to be productive though there are a few. Swimbaits, crankbaits and various styles and colors of grubs and jigs are good here.
The crappie are feeding decent around brushpiles in 10 to 20' of water as well as around the bridges and deep rocks. You will also find fish on a few select deep boat docks and some on standing timber in water deeper than 10'. Jigs and minnows will both work.

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