deer creek fishing

After a friend of mine looked at my blog, he asked me to take his son and him out to try and catch some bass. Neither of them had  ever “Kraked” or fished for bass before, so I took them bank fishing Deer Creek Reservoir hoping to get the job done. We wound up doing pretty good and  pulled in a half dozen bass in a few hours. It was a lot of fun. Here are the places we fished, what we used, and how my friends and I got “Kraken” bass bank fishing Deer Creek Reservoir.


Bank Fishing Deer Creek



Here were the conditions we faced on Friday morning September 26th from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

Water Temprature:                 66 Degrees
Weather:                                 Intermittent Sun, and Overcast. Air Temprature 73 degrees.
Wind:                                      0 – 4 mph, flat calm.
Water Clarity:                       Stained, Visibility 5 feet.


What we Used:

I tried a variety of baits and techniques, but here were the baits we caught all our bass on.

1. Yamamoto Senko: The senko was the number one bait hands down and caught almost every fish. We rigged them up in two different ways.  We used a green pumpkin 5 inch senko
texas rigged weightless, and it worked good. We also used a wacky rigged green pumpkin amber laminate 4-inch  senko. The wacky rigged senko seemed to work the best. We would throw them out, and slowly crawl them back to the bank. Here are a couple links to help you understand how to use these two different methods for fishing senko’s:

Weightless Texas Rigged Senko’s
Wacky Rigging

2. Megabass Dog X Speed Slide: The Megabass Dog X Speed Slide drew up several strikes, but I only landed one of them. The key was using a “walk the dog” retrieve, but fishing it a little slower than normal. I had a couple strikes while the bait wasn’t even moving. It worked best first thing in the morning, and then it seemed to stop bringing in strikes as the sun came up. It’s always cool to get some top-water strikes.

bank fishing deer creek


Bank fishing spots:

Here is a map of the places we fished from the shore and caught some bass.
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How we did:

In my book the trip was an overall success. We caught a half dozen fish in a couple hours. Plus, what made it more fun was my friends son Will, who is only 7 years old, wound up catching most of them. Will’s catches included the biggest fish of the trip a nice 2 pound largemouth! It was fun watching him catch those bass. My friend Matt and I each caught one as well, so everyone “Kraked” a bass. Here is the logistics of  how our morning shook out.

We pulled into the Rainbow Bay parking area around 8 am, and walked straight down to the lake shore. I noticed a good looking rocky point, so we set up camp there and started fishing from it. On about my 4th cast I had a good blow up on my megabass topwater. I threw back to the same spot again, and got one to hook up. I was stoked. It looked like I had found a good school of fish.

I tied little Will up with a wacky rigged senko, and showed him where to throw his bait out on the point. He launched the senko perfectly on his little zebco push button reel. It wasn’t long before he hollered, “I got one!” We were all pumped. He caught a couple more off that same spot. I love watching kids get stoked off their faces fishing. Here is a picture of one of Will’s smallmouth bass bank fishing Deer Creek Reservoir.

deer creek bass

Things slowed down on the point, so we walked around to another rocky shoreline which looked like it would hold some fish. My friend Matt was using a senko texas rigged and pretty quickly tied into his first  smallmouth at this new spot. After we landed Matt’s fish, Will caught another one.  Things slowed down for a minute after that, so I started experimenting with some different baits. The silence didn’t last long because Will started hollering again, “I got one!” It wound up being a nice 2 pound largemouth the biggest fish of the morning. It was a chunk. The feature image of the post is Will holding the sweet largemouth bass with his dad Matt. Below is a picture of  Matt with his first smallmouth bass.

shore fishing deer creek

We all had a good time. It was funny how the little Zebco push button rod and reel with a little wacky rigged senko out performed everything else we threw. Senko’s are great baits to learn how to catch bass, and they always work. They are really simple and easy to use. Children can fish with them. If you want to get yourself “Kraken” bass, tie one on they work.

The other cool thing that happened on the trip is a bass spit up a small crayfish. It was apparent they were up feeding on those things in the rocks. Here is a picture of the Crayfish. It looked a lot like the green pumpkin amber laminate color senko we where using. Maybe that’s why they liked it so much.

crawdad deer creek

Hope this helps you in planning your next trip out on the water to start “Kraken” bass! Please leave your comments about your experience with shore fishing Deer Creek Reservoir. Special thanks to Matt & Will Schellenberg going out on the banks with me. It was a blast fishing with them. Hope I can do it again soon!

As Always,

Stay Stoked!!!

Gear Used:

Yamamoto Senko 5 Inch Green Pumpkin
Megabass Dog X Speed Slide

Gamakatsu Split Shot/Drop Shot Hook-Pack Of 25 (Black, 1/0)
Gamakatsu 25 Pack EWG Offset Worm Hook (Black, 3/0)

Spinning Rod & Reel Set up:
Abu Garcia Spinning Reel
Shimano Convergence 7’2″ Medium Heavy Spinning Worm Rod
6-Pound Test Fluorocarbon Fishing Line
Spiderwire Stealth Braid 300-Yard Spool Moss Green 15lbs.





One Response

  1. Great way to get a kid hooked on fishing! Now that zebra mussels have been found in Deer Creek, I would not want to fish from a boat here; my little Porta-Bote has too many hiding spots to ever get it 100% clean. I sure hope the whole Prove River reservoir system doesn’t get contaminated, but I don’t see how that can be avoided. I sure love to fish from a boat, but shore fishing may be eventually be the only safe option.

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