November 7, 2015 – Bethany Park – Allen

Too windy for the kayak today, so I decided to go out to Bethany Park in Allen.  I wanted to continue practicing with my baitcast rod/reel.  I grabbed a few bullfrog colored senkos and tried all the ponds.  I only caught fish in the north and center ponds.  Three bass total.  The first bass was “normal” size, and the other two were small.

I did not have any backlash in the reel, and I can cast an unweighted senko (wacky rig) around thirty yards.  I did not have to set the hook once a fish got on, I just started reeling and the circle hook set itself.


April 4, 2015 – Walnut Creek – Joe Pool Lake

Picked up a hummingbird 598ci SI fish finder.  The water was still dirty in the creek, but I just wanted to test the side imaging.  I was able to see all the structure out to the sides of the boat, but no fish.  I spent most of the time playing around with the controls, and trying different settings.

I had to go deep into the creek before I started seeing any bait fish at all.  I saw a few dots on the SI and thought I’d try to catch one.  A small bass hit my road runner around 10 feet away from the bank.

That was the only fish of the day.  Next time I’ll go further in the creek to see if anything is there.

March 28, 2015 – Walnut Creek – Joe Pool Lake

Windy, dirty water, but warm.  Water temps were 65-70 degrees.  Water level is 3ft higher than it was this time last year.  The recent rains and wind have kept the water a muddy brown color.  This usually means the fishing will not be good.  I was correct.

Threw the spinner bait around and found nothing.  Jigged my normal areas with no luck.  The only fish of the day was caught jigging up close to the bank near a stump.  It was a small fish, but anything is better than nothing.

It was a good day to paddle, not to hot at all.  Saw several kayaks in the creek and a few fishing.  No one appeared to be catching anything.  I met one bank fisherman who caught four white bass with minnows.

It may be a few more weeks before the fish get in the creek.

First fish of 2015.