My first trip on the water to do some Deer Creek bass fishing was a success! I took one of my friends with me, and he caught his first bass. It was exciting for both of us. Here is what we used, where we fished, and the shake down of how we “Kraked” some bass on Deer Creek Reservoir.
Deer Creek Bass Fishing – Topwater Style!
Here is what the conditions where when we fished from 10:00am – 12:30pm Friday, July 11th.
Wind: Flat Calm, 0 – 4 mph
Weather: Air Temprature around 75 – 80 degrees. Overcast until about 11:30am.
Water Temprature: 70 degrees
Water Clarity: Stained, visibility was only about 3- 5 feet deep.
Where we fished:
We hauled a single kayak down to the water from the Jordan Parkway trail. One of us fished from shore, while the other fished in the kayak. Here is a map of the small section of shoreline we fished.
What we used:
We caught all our fish on topwater baits, but I had several strikes on a drop shot rig. Here were the three baits we used, the lure colors, and how we fished them to get strikes.
1.River2Sea Rover Spook: This bait was awesome. The key was to cast it out and make sure it was “walking” constantly back to you. I would throw it out parellel to the shore, about 5-7 feet from the bank. This was the key distance from the bank where we got all our strikes. I threw this bait on a baitcasting rod & reel. If you don’t know how to walk a spook style bait, here is a good video for you to check out on how to do it: Walk the Dog.
2.Rapala X-Rap Pop: I was really surprised at how well this popper worked. The key was a consistent pop, pause,while you twitched it back to you. It hooked up fish much better than the spook, but it didn’t have as many strikes on it. Yellow perch was the color we used. We threw it on a spinning rod and reel set up.
3. Jackall Crosstail Shad: This thing got a few strikes while we were cruising the shore. When the sun came out I started throwing this out deep, and slowly working it back to the bank. I fished it on a drop shot rig in the black winnie color.
How we did:
It was a great morning of fishing. In only a few hours we had 10 strikes, but we only connected on 3 of them. I was a little disappointed we didn’t land a couple more. Although, you know it’s good fishing when you have a story about the ones that got away. It was also exciting for me to watch one of my friends tie into his first bass. He was really amped about it.
It took us awhile to start fishing. We had to haul our kayak and gear down to the water which took some time. We also had a tirade of bugs attack us, so it took us quite a while to figure out how to fight them off while still progress toward the water. Finally we got to the water, and I gave my friend Jordan a quick tutorial on how to fish a popper. Then we started fishing away.
Once I got rigged up, on my second cast I had a huge explosion on my River2sea Rover. I missed him! I threw back again and whack, another one smacked it. I got him into my hands. I was pretty pumped to catch my first bass on Deer Creek Reservoir. It was a decent largemouth. Here he is with the rover hanging out of his mouth.
After we landed this guy I called Jordan over, and we both started crusing along the bank were I’d had the strikes. A little while later Jordan had a solid strike on the popper, and connected on his first smallmouth bass. We were both really stoked. We had several more strikes, but landed only a couple more. Here is Jordan with his first smallmouth bass.
All our best fish were caught on top. I through a drop shot when the sun came out, and had several misses. I would’ve liked to have seen a few of them. Made me wonder how big they actually were, or maybe I didn’t have the right color on to commit them to eating the bait. When all was said and done, you can’t beat days on the water that look like this:
Hope this helps you in your next adventure to go “Kraken” Bass! For my first time Deer Creek bass fishing, I was plesantly surprised at what a fun time it was on this lake. Feel free to leave your comments on your experience with deer creek bass fishing.
Special thanks for Jordan Ludlow helping me haul a kayak almost a mile, and keeping things stoked even though he took a spill into the water.
Here is what we used on this trip to land us a few bass.
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.