July 13 2011 – Joe Pool Lake – Walnut Creek

Water levels continue to decrease at Joe Pool.  I still have a clear path to the creek, but the water level is getting low all around.  I got in the water around 7am, and noticed the water seemed to be a bit colder than usual.  My FF said it was 89.6 degrees, but it felt much cooler.  I decided to stay in pretty much one area and fish all around it.

I caught a 4.5 pound bass on the opposite side of the treeline in shallow water using a plastic worm.  I usually don’t even fish that side of the creek.  It was sitting in front of a tree that was sticking up in about 4 feet of water.  I got my usual gills and greenies along the tree line with my fly rod, and I also got my first crappie on the fly.  It hit my favorite black wooly bugger. (I tied it myself.)

Caught two more bass on the worm sitting next to stumps in 7-9 feet near the tree line.  I got out of there around 11:30 am to avoid the high winds and heat that were expected this afternoon.

I crept up on two large carp in about two feet of water opposite the tree line.  I couldn’t stop my Yak in time, so I spooked them and they ran off.  I think I’ll throw that bugger in the the shallows next time.



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