favorite creek lure

Discussion in 'Bass Discussions' started by ohiogary, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. Id like to know what everyones favorite creek lure for small bass? My son and I have just started fishing creeks and in the process of trying to figure out this creek fishing , any suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. Rebel wee craws, small black and silver floating Rapalas, small spinners, and if you use live bait try minnies(craws are good but expensive) good luck.

  3. I like floating rapalas ( or any other floating lure). You will catch fish with them, but if you get hung up give the line slack and you have a good chance to save your $5 investment.
    I'm confused as to why anyone would buy crayfish. Invest in an aquariam net and turn some rocks over and you can quickly find all the bait you need.
  4. I know alot of guys catch there own bait and I can see the reasoning...but I guess its just more convienant for me to go buy it...I havent used craws in a couple years..but I do pay for minnies and crawlers on a regular basis.
  5. misfit

    misfit MOD SQUAD

    you can catch craws while you're fishing;)
    when i used to wade,i'd do just that.they're usualleasy to find in rocky streams and a 1 1/2 - 2 inch crawl drifted with just eneough shot to get it down and keep it moving is deadly on stream smallies.
  6. Bubba bass bigfoot

    Bubba bass bigfoot Lucky Fisher, or skilled?

    A little one inch white grub with a white head with black eyes. IT catches numbers and everything from 2inches to 12.
  7. I appreciate all the advice, lately I have tried a a number of ways, Ive tried live crawfish, sometimes they work best, rooster tails seem to catch the smaller fish, not much luck with the plastic craws, although they work well in the river.
  8. I know alot of guys have pretty fair success with tubes as well as spinnerbaits.
  9. Treebass227

    Treebass227 Proud Member

    Senkos have been taking some smallies. Fish them slow with no weight.
  10. I will give you my top two suggestions for summertime smallies. The first is some type of fat crank, depending on your setup. If you're fishing a medium action rod, go with the Wally Marshall cranks in light green. It has caught me 4 or 5 smallies 13" - 17 1/4" here in a small stream. It has also caught me the most smallmouth this summer. All I'm doing is reeling steady, with pauses here and there. IF fishing a light action rod, go with either Bomber ultralight cranks from Walmart or Strike King Bitsy Minnow in brown. The Bitsy Minnow caught me several Hocking River smallies before moving.
    The second recommendation is the Zoom Fluke and Zoom Fluke Jr in white. The last two trips with the Fluke Jr has resulted in about 12 smallmouth, with the biggest going 16". I work the lure with erratic twitches and no weight. It can be tricky in areas of faster moving water, but really effective.
    This time of year, DO NOT overlook the shallow riffle areas for smallies. On my trip today, using the Fluke Jr., that is where I caught the vast majority of my fish. At one location, I was throwing into 3-4" of water and twitching Fluke into faster area probably 3 feet deep or so. I had 4 smallies in about 15 minutes hammer the Fluke as soon as it the dropoff of the faster water. Definately exciting because all strikes were on top.
  11. SConner

    SConner Fish Whisperer

    Rebel wee craw in either brown/orange or green/orange. Most any fish in the river will hit this. If bite is slow, slow down your presentation.
  12. creekwalker

    creekwalker Moving water...

    I'm probably starting to sound like a Yum evangelist about now since every time this comes up that's my answer, but such as it is, still my answer :)

    Yum crawbug rigged weedless. I normally use the 3.5" variety in pumpkin flake I think the pattern's called.

    I also like a black jitterbug during the summer, especially at dusk and on into dark.

    I also normally throw a soft jerkbait (like a senko) and a tube jig as well. I also sometimes use the Rebel Wee craw thats been mentioned already, but also an original Rapala floating minnow works well at times.

  13. best creek lure i've ever used is the beetle spin, great on any size stream. caught everything from 1 inch panfish to a 14 inch sm on it. can be used as a spinner or jig(very effective for the sm). use it all the time and it def gets the numbers and variety(crappie, sm, lm, saugeye). bright green has been my best color, great little classic lure.
  14. I am still very old school. I still find myself going back to the usual standby for my, jig and twister tail. In fact I went last evening for a couple of hours and filled my small belt tackle box with all sorts of lures - several cranks, Mepps spinners, small spinner bait, tube jigs. When I finished up I had only used the jigs and a small bit of time with a Mepps Aglia. Jigs just are so versatile and are effective on fish of any size. If I am getting into much smallmouth action with sizable fish I will opt for other baits such as cranks but I did not find anything last night to change my approach. In a couple hours of fishing I landed 3 little smallies and nearly a dozen rock bass all on jigs with 3" twister tails in white.
  15. 1/16 rooster tail in black or chartreuse is my go-to lure, but everything that has been mentioned works well, too. Sometimes it just depends on the day.
  16. I am now a believer that the Norman Quarterback is the greatest creek bait ever invented. I can't find the color locally, but my dad has shown me the power of the brown/orange QB. He has a couple of them that are 25 years old that the fish are still hammering.
  17. BiteMyLine

    BiteMyLine Just One More Cast

    I fish a local creek near my home very often and only take a few lures. Rebel Wee Craws are by far #1 (Brown/Orange), small floating rapala's, a couple of 1/8 rooster tails (black, white and rainbow only), and a couple jigs and twisters. Its hard to beat 1.5-2" fresh craws during summer months, especially when fishing rocky cover and moving water. If you can't catch a smallie on a wee craw, my guess is that you are fishing the wrong body of water, they are impossible to beat.
  18. ReadHeaded Hunter

    ReadHeaded Hunter Catchin eyes

    i fish Darby alot and i am a huge fan of inline spinners. my favorite brand is definitely Panther Martin because the shape of the blade makes it alot easier to get the balde spinning. rooster tail also has a line of spinners with the bulged blades. they should catch anything and everything in the stream including bigger sm.

    i also agree with fratfish, beetle spins work great too.
    hope this helps and good luck :)
  19. I'm a little late on this, but not too much mention of the topwater bite. I am a topwater junkie and I have found some generic 1/8 oz buzzbaits at Gander Mountain that have worked great on creeks. They are so light that they can be pulled relatively slow and still stay on top. I have caught everything on these: largemouth, smallmouth, wipers, rockbass and even a northern. Also, the smallest size skitterpop is great for smallies.
  20. I would go with a Rebel Craw and a topwater of some kind. You cant beat that combo. I've caught some nice smallies on a prototype bait we are making that is twitched on the surface. I'll talk more about it when it is available.