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Old 01-16-2020, 05:28 PM   #1
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It's getting about that time to start catching them again. I'm sure there are some parts of the state that it's already happening. Last year in northeast Texas I started catching a few in the middle of February. Really hammered them in March and part of April. I'm definitely a long ways from being an expert as last year was my first year to really get after white bass.

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Old 01-16-2020, 05:29 PM   #2
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My favorite time to fish white bass is now, deep water easy pickings.
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:31 PM   #3
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Last year was kind of a dud for us. Never could find the big schools of them running.
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:32 PM   #4
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My favorite time to fish white bass is now, deep water easy pickings.
I managed to kinda figure out catching them in running water (creeks) last year. I'm gonna try my best to get into open water and figure them out like you mentioned.
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Biting on the Nueces River near George West.

If anyone needs a place to stay on the river send me a PM.
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:40 PM   #7
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I managed to kinda figure out catching them in running water (creeks) last year. I'm gonna try my best to get into open water and figure them out like you mentioned.


Download the navionics boating app and figure out where the deepest channels are. It’ll give you a contour of the lake bed. That’s what I do with pretty good success.



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Old 01-16-2020, 05:41 PM   #8
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Here's last years thread if anyone wanted to look back over it for general information:

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Old 01-16-2020, 05:43 PM   #9
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Download the navionics boating app and figure out where the deepest channels are. It’ll give you a contour of the lake bed. That’s what I do with pretty good success.



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I appreciate the information. I'll definitely do that.
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:45 PM   #10
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I see they are already catching them at Spring Creek in Houston.
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:54 PM   #11
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Fished Whitney Tuesday and Wednesday and probably caught close to 200. All on slabs in 30 ft of water.
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:58 PM   #12
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Biting on the Nueces River near George West.

If anyone needs a place to stay on the river send me a PM.
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Old 01-16-2020, 06:18 PM   #13
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On lakes, especially Buchanan, focus on humps in 20-30ft of water. Humps close to deeper water/drop offs. I have caught 1000’s of whites on these type jigging spoons

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Old 01-16-2020, 06:32 PM   #14
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On lakes, especially Buchanan, focus on humps in 20-30ft of water. Humps close to deeper water/drop offs. I have caught 1000’s of whites on these type jigging spoons

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What size are those?
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Old 01-16-2020, 06:43 PM   #15
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What size are those?
1oz. I have used the 1/2oz but not near as succesful
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Old 01-16-2020, 06:45 PM   #16
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Caught 3 limits and then some in about 2 hours yesterday at Possum Kingdom
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:01 PM   #17
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I'm looking to give them a go in a creek nearby Monday

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Old 01-16-2020, 07:15 PM   #18
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:19 PM   #19
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For creeks and rivers Mepps gold/silver spinners, small chrome rattletraps, and tiny torpedo clear.
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:27 PM   #20
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Brings back alot of memories Wade fishing spring Creek back 40 years ago. I meet an old black lady back then and I asked her y'all catching any she said yes. What kind of fish are you catching she said ,I don't know what you call um but I calls zum speed perch theys the fastest little devil's I ever seen.

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Old 01-16-2020, 07:39 PM   #21
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For creeks and rivers Mepps gold/silver spinners, small chrome rattletraps, and tiny torpedo clear.
I have had good luck on a small chrome rattle trap as well. I have never tried a clear torpedo but I'll definitely give it a go soon.

I also had pretty good luck on these (couple different colors worked but this one did good for me):

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Old 01-16-2020, 07:46 PM   #22
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I have had good luck on a small chrome rattle trap as well. I have never tried a clear torpedo but I'll definitely give it a go soon.

I also had pretty good luck on these (couple different colors worked but this one did good for me):

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Looks like a rooster tail. The clear torpedo will work when a lot of other lures fail
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:47 PM   #23
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I'll be going up the Sabine in the next few weeks to see if they've started their run yet. I use road runners and live crawfish on circle hooks with good success.
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:09 PM   #24
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Looks like a rooster tail. The clear torpedo will work when a lot of other lures fail
Yes sir. I happened on several of them (rooster tail) last winter on clearance and it worked out pretty good.

I don't own a single clear torpedo but I'm gonna fix that problem tomorrow.
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Yes sir. I happened on several of them (rooster tail) last winter on clearance and it worked out pretty good.

I don't own a single clear torpedo but I'm gonna fix that problem tomorrow.
Get the Jr/baby torpedo
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:20 PM   #26
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Yall are kill-n me! I just got off vacation from the holidays. And didn't get my boat finished! I gotta get some good weather and time away from work so I can finish it up! Then hit the water!
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:24 PM   #27
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In the creeks, crappie jigs work great. White, yellow or chartreuse. Plus, they are cheap and you’re bound to get hung up and lose a few. A lot of the times the light wire hook will bend a bit and free it up, just bend it back and start casting again.

One of my best days was on the Frio above Choke on an MLK day off from work. Trolling 1/2 oz. silver rattletraps. The magnum whites started biting right at sunset.

Hear they have been catching them down on the Frio lately.
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Old 01-16-2020, 10:58 PM   #28
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Afraid its gonna be one of those years...move into rivers a bit and then get cold...move into rivers a bit and get cold or a flood, etc!?! pretty much like our deer season! A bunch of dudes walking the banks with empty stringers!!
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Old 01-18-2020, 01:34 PM   #29
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Looks like a rooster tail. The clear torpedo will work when a lot of other lures fail
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Get the Jr/baby torpedo
General question because I'm still learning....

Do you think the torpedo would work as well up in my neck of the woods with our creeks having muddy water when they are flowing as opposed to your neck of the woods where the water might be more clear? (I'm assuming your in the hill country)

Edit.....either way I'm gonna but some. Give it a try.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:11 PM   #30
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I hope we get some rain. Rivers off of lake waco are about dry right now.

Gonna try to get after some soon hopefully. Still duck season for now though!
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Old 01-20-2020, 02:51 PM   #31
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Son and I found some today. Nasty ole crappie mixed in with them...

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Any action up the trinity this year? Bedias Maybe??
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Old 01-20-2020, 03:59 PM   #33
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My son and myself went out Saturday because the creeks were running a little bit. Didn't catch a single bass. I think it's still early where we are though to be catching them up in the creek. Still had fun just getting out together.

My son did catch a mudcat. Took some worms with us and he baited up with one and caught the mudcat. Guess it beats getting skunked.


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Old 01-25-2020, 08:13 AM   #34
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not sure about bedias , but they are in the river .
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Old 01-25-2020, 11:09 AM   #35
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Anyone out and about fishing today?
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Old 01-25-2020, 10:37 PM   #36
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Fished Angelina River just above Marions Ferry on Sam Rayburn this morning. Only caught one, still a little early. Caught a few crappie at 103 bridge though.


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Old 01-30-2020, 06:17 AM   #37
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Tore the up the white bass on Monday in George West Texas on the Nueces River! Would like a couple more trips to restock the freezer! How's everyone doing?
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Old 01-30-2020, 08:55 AM   #38
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Can't wait!!
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Old 01-30-2020, 10:09 AM   #39
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We had quick trip last sat. On the frio river near choke canyon. All caught trolling up and down the river.
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Old 01-30-2020, 10:27 AM   #40
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Where would be my best bet to catch a limit of whites closest to the Kyle/Buda area?
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Old 01-30-2020, 02:38 PM   #41
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Where would be my best bet to catch a limit of whites closest to the Kyle/Buda area?


Maybe Somerville area. I've heard they go up some of those creeks



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Old 01-30-2020, 03:42 PM   #42
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Man I am itching, new 7' Falcon ML with a 2500 Shimano is teasing me in the garage every day.

I am worried Waco will be a bust this year unless we get a ton of rain.
May have to make a trip to Granger or something. Not sure what else is close.
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Closest place would probably be at the old Reimer’s Ranch west of Austin or at The Steps east of Geoergetown.
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Left em biting again today. Not as many crappie but the sandies was thick. Kept just enough to give fresh fish to the neighbors and cut the rest loose

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Old 02-01-2020, 05:51 PM   #45
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I've never done White Bass Fishing. Seems like a lot of fun. Totally Novice Question. Can they be found in Brackish water or strictly a Fresh Water Species?
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Old 02-01-2020, 05:52 PM   #46
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Fresh water in the lakes. Right now, they are swimming up the rivers/creeks to spawn.

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Old 02-01-2020, 06:08 PM   #47
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Left em biting again today. Not as many crappie but the sandies was thick. Kept just enough to give fresh fish to the neighbors and cut the rest loose

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That's nice! I think I'm going to give my spot a try next week.
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Old 02-01-2020, 06:17 PM   #48
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That's nice! I think I'm going to give my spot a try next week.
Its really close.

Last week the fish didnt have many eggs. Today they were loaded.

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Old 02-01-2020, 06:18 PM   #49
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Left em biting again today. Not as many crappie but the sandies was thick. Kept just enough to give fresh fish to the neighbors and cut the rest loose

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Nice haul.

I sure was wanting to get my boat out this weekend and enjoy this nice spring like weather but I've just got to much going on to do it.
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Anybody tried waco?

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