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Cedar Creek October 20, 2002

The water temperature is now dropping quickly with a 6 degree drop in just a week. The current temperature is now 68 degrees, water level has increased 6 to 8 inches due to recent heavy rains. The water clarity is still good however over most of the lake.

The White Bass are still excellent on main lake point on slabs. The slabs should be jigged much slower now that the water temp is falling. It is now more than ever necessary to fish with am IM6 or better rod due to the subtlety of the bite. The fish are sometimes merely “shaking” the slab and if you can’t feel, it you can’t set the hook! The fish are really schooled up by size so if you get on small fish don’t be afraid to go and find bigger fish. When you do find good fish try to determine what direction they are moving and stay with them.

Hybrid Striper fishing is steadily improving especially at night. Night fisherman fishing the boat dock lights on the lower end of the lake are catching limits of good fish between 6 and 9 pounds regularly. The best baits are small sassy shads or other small shad type baits.

Catfish are also excellent. Jug line fishermen are catching limits of Blue Catfish to 30 pounds on a regular basis. The best baits are cut shad or carp. I am also still catching good fish on rod and reel on the tops of humps and on the ends of main lake points in 15 to 20 feet of water.

Black Bass and Crappie are still being caught around boat docks with at least 5 feet and up to 10 feet of water under them. These fish also want the bait presentation slowed dramatically over what they were wanting just a week ago. Crappie is hitting small feathered jigs and the Black Bass are hitting just about any bait as long as you can get it back under the dock where they are.

As the water cools I expect the White Bass and Hybrid Stripers to begin schooling more and more. The evidence of this is the increase in Seagulls I have seen over the last several weeks. Good luck and tight lines.

Omar Cotter

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