Category Archives: Creek Fishing

Elkhorn Creek

I finally made it to Elkhorn. It was a very tough day. The fish were biting some. The biggest problem was the wind. It was blowing up the creek and made yak control and casting very difficult. I had hoped for a buzzbait bite due to the cloud cover. Never got a hit. The two  lures I caught fish on was a very shallow stickbait that was white with a black back. The second was a mini fluke. Most of the fish I caught on the stickbait was hooked on the outside of their mouth. That tells me they weren’t hungry, but were slapping at the bait. They didn’t hit the fluke much better. There were several time I set the hook so hard the fish would be yanked out of the water and sail 10 feet and wasn’t hooked. The best place I found were small eddies near some current. I didn’t catch any fish in fast moving water. If the eddie was in water that was a foot deep it seemed to hold a fish. Most of my fish were in the 8 to 10 inch range. I did boat one that was 14.5 inches. A surprise was I caught 2 Largemouths. I only boated 21 fish.  I loss 2 to 3 times more fish than I boated. I did take my GoPro but I don’t know if I have video of enough fish to put on YouTube. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.



I had hoped that Elkhorn would be down low enough to fish. It’s still higher than I like to fish at this water temperature. I went down to Fryman’s. The water was up a little, so there was some current. The water temp was 70 degrees. The water was so clear, like my late Dad would say it was gin clear. I never knew were he got that expression because I never saw him take a drink in my life. I could see rocks, ledges and logs as deep as 6 feet. The only good thing was I saw structure where I catch a lot of fish I had never seen. Now I know why I catch fish there. To say it was tough fishing would be an understatement. If it wasn’t for dinks and Smallmouths I wouldn’t have caught anything. It was so bad that I couldn’t even get Bluegill to hit. Due to the clear water I saw some nice fish, but couldn’t get them to hit anything. I don’t remember catching a fish that was more than 18 inches deep. I had to make long cast because I was spooking the fish if they were within 50 feet of the boat. Because of the long cast I loss a lot of fish. I did hook a few keepers, but I never did get one in the boat. My biggest fish were a couple of Smallies that were about 11 inches.  I tried about everything and the only lure I caught fish on was a very shallow running stickbait made by Bass Pro. that was shiny. I finished the day with only 19 fish and as I said most were dinks and Smallmouths.  Till the next post hope to see you on the water.0908171355

Stoner Creek Report

I really wanted to go fish some where other than Stoner Creek. Due to Harvey that wasn’t possible. South Elkhorn was running at 300 cfs way to high to fish. The main Elkhorn was running at over 1000 cfs way, way to high to fish. Taylorsville Lake  is up over 4 feet above summer pool and I know the surface would be covered in logs and the wind would beat you bad. Stoner was only up about 5 inches.  David called and he was feeling bad (sinus)but not to bad to go fishing. We put in at about 1 pm. The creek had some current ,but was clear. I knew it was going to be a challenge. With the cold front the water temperature had dropped 10 degrees or more. I believe this kind of shocks the fish and they stop feeding. All I can say is something was wrong because it was hard fishing. We tried everything from the surface to the bottom. The funny thing was we caught a few fish on everything we tried. We never had a good pattern. The two best baits were a buzzbait and a blueish 6 inch worm. The fish were very scattered we only located a couple of places that we caught more than 2 fish. Most of the time it was one fish and then move on. Most of our fish were small 10 inchers or so. We did catch about 4 decent fish in the 2 to 2.5 lbs range. We finished the day with only 36 fish. 0904171647It looks like we are go to get another cold front to move thru late tonight. That will make thing interesting. I hope we don’t get a lot of rain because I really want to fish Elkhorn. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

Stoner Creek

I wanted to go fish Elkhorn today with David. He had one of his best friends Darren that wanted to go fishing with us but he couldn’t get to Paris till about noon. That would have been to late to fish Elkhorn. We decided to hit Stoner. The water was super clear, you could see the bottom in 5 feet of water. I started with a buzzbait in the shade. I got 4 to 5 hits and boated one fish. I changed to a shallow crankbait and caught a few fish . I tried a deep diving crankbait and never boated a fish. I decided to try plastics. I caught a few fish on a green craw. One was my biggest fish of the day at 2. 9 lbs. Darren finally started to catch fish on a dark blue creature bait.  I guess due to the super clear water they were picky about color today because I tried a number of different colors with no luck. I finally changed to a blueish purple worm and started to catch fish. Most of the time I’m

not into color for fishing. Today made a believe out of me. We didn’t catch but a few dinks. Most of our fish were from a pound to 2.5 pound. Our numbers weren’t great but that is to be excepted due to slow fishing with plastics. We boated a little less than a hundred bass. Almost all of the fish were on wood. I found one log pile were I hooked 7 bass and boated 6. All but one was over 2 pounds. The fish that got off was of course my biggest fish of the day. It was 3 pound or a little better. When I got it to the boat it got wrapped up in the trolling motor and pulled off.  The fish are biting so get out there. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.


It has been over a week since I have gone fishing. I believe I was going into fishing withdrawal. I went down to Fryman’s this afternoon. I expected it to be hard fishing due to the cold front that just went thru. I was right. The water was super clear and still had a little current. Due to the clear water I had to make long cast as to not spook the fish. My last couple of outing I have caught only two sizes of fish super small or keepers. Today I found the middle size. The 6 to 11 inchers. I started the afternoon using a craw. I never got a hit on one. I went to a shallow stickbait and a deep diving crankbait. I caught fish on both. The funny thing was the Bluegill were hitting like crazy. I caught more of them than I caught bass. I caught a 1.5 inch bluegill on a 2 inch crankbait. That was how bad it was. The smallmouth were hitting better than the largemouths. Almost half of my catch were smallies. My biggest fish of the day was a 16 inch smallie. It was the largest smallie I have caught at Fryman’s this year. I only had 6 to 8 fish that were keepers. No big fish. I finished the day with only 41 bass. A decent day considering the conditions. The fish are biting some and they should improve over the weekend. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.


Stoner Creek Report

Yesterday I went down to Stoner Creek. I put in below the dam at Fryman’s. It turn in to the toughest day fishing this year. With the cloud cover I hoped for a good topwater bite. The water was in great shape and there was a good flow still. The only problem I encountered was there were a lot of leaves on the water. With the wind there were areas of leaves that were so thick that it was very difficult to fish. I have to say I tried everything. I tried a buzzbait, craws, deep crankbait, shallow crankbait and flukes. I did catch Bass on everything but the craws. I only caught Redeye on them. I caught most of my fish on the buzzbait which was a lot of fun. The only problem was the fish were very scattered. Almost all the fish caught was on or near wood. I finished the afternoon with only 17 bass. The good news was only 2 were dinks. My larges was a 2.5 pounder I caught on a buzzbait. If you are really bored I did take my GoPro with me and I have a short video of my afternoon on YouTube. Till the next post hope to see you on the water.

Stoner Creek/Strode Creek

Robby and I went down to Fryman’s. The water was at the normal level for this time of year. The water looks muddy, but it is due to a brown algae bloom. We went up into Strode creek. I caught a couple of good fish on a 3 inch craw. I also threw a buzzbait and caught another couple of fish. We started crankbaiting. I caught about 4 dink Smallies.  To be honest the fish were not biting. We ended up only catching about 12 fish. The largemouths we were catching were nice fish. I decided to make a change. We left Strode Creek and we went all the way up Stoner to the Mill Dam. There were a lot of weeds in the area. I started throwing a buzzbait and I would catch an occasional nice Largemouth. We tried frogs around the weeds and logs. We had several hits, but we never hooked a fish. We fished all the way back down to Strode Creek. The only thing we caught a fish on was a Buzzbait. I finished the day with only 19 Bass. 10 were caught on a Buzzbait and all were nice 1.5 to 2.5 lb. I believe this cool front screwed every thing up. I sure hope things improve. Robby finished the day with only 5 fish, but no dinks like I had.  Till the next post hope to see you on the water.