Cedar Creek Lake Sand Bass Run

If you love fishing, then you probably know the rewarding experience of fishing during the Cedar Creek Lake sand bass run. The beginning of spring is the best time to fish along the rivers and creeks that feed Cedar Creek Lake. This is the time when bass migrate from the cold deep waters of the lake where they had been wintering to spawn in the shallow sunny flats. Cedar Creek Lake is located in Northern Texas about 50 miles southeast of Dallas.

As the 4th largest reservoir in Texas, Cedar Creek Lake is a popular spring break and fishing destination. The lake has a huge diversity of self-sustaining populations of fish varieties including largemouth bass, hybrid striped bass, crappie, and white bass, also known as sand bass.

Cedar Creek lake bass run is a great time to fish for your prize catch bass as sandies are at their most vulnerable when they venture into the cool muddy waters in preparation for the spring spawning season.

In this post, we tell you the best fishing places, the lures to use, and the right gear to have.

When Does the Cedar Creek Lake Bass Run Start?

Cedar Creek Lake bass run starts in February and winds down in April.

In February, the annual migration of sand bass, or technically white bass, starts as small bass males gather in large schools in waters around river bends and large holes with minimum currents.

When the larger females start showing up in pre-spawn preparation as the weather grows warmer and the lake water temperature rises, your catch rate will definitely soar if you have the right gear and know where to fish. The bass population starts dropping in April.

Where Do You Go to Fish the Cedar Creek Lake Sand Bass Run?

Success in fishing the Cedar Creek Lake sand bass run depends on being at the right place at the right moment.

Fortunately, bass migrations are very predictable as the fish follow a similar route every year. They normally follow underwater canals, ridges, and ditches. You are therefore most likely to catch them in small and big rivers and creeks feeding into the lake.

They can be found miles upriver. Fortunately, there are many access points to the fishing spots from roads and parks.

What Lures Should You Use for the Sand Bass Run?

During the sand bass run, this fish is quite easy to catch with the right lures.

You have many choices when it comes to lures that will get you a couple of bites in no time, including rooster tails, spoons, crappie jigs, swimbaits, and many more.

What Gear Should You Pack for Creek Fishing?

You need to be sufficiently prepared before you set out to go fishing for bass.

At the very least make sure to have the following items:

  • Your reel and a couple of lures. A medium-light action 6-foot rod will give you plenty of room to swing back and forth without a problem.
  • A lure pack or box to safely store your lures
  • Good quality boots, preferably waterproof snake boots
  • Drinking water in a hygienic bottle
  • One or two stringers for carrying your catch
  • Small pair of pliers
  • Flashlight and headlamp especially if you fish at dawn or dusk
  • A 50-feet paracord
  • A good waterproofed fishing backpack to carry your accessories and gear

With good preparation and local knowledge, you’ll definitely have a rewarding experience during the Cedar Creek Lake sand bass run.

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Feb. 28)

EXCELLENT. Stained; 58 degrees; 0.15 feet below pool. White bass are staging in full force for the spring spawn and heading into shallower water, 6-18 feet, and into any shallow creek that has flowing water. Hybrids and white bass continue to be caught deadsticking in 25-35 feet in the mouths of the big creeks. Deadsticking utilizing a thumper and a splasher with deadsticking lures with a 1-1.5 ounce jighead with a tandem hook or jig above it paired with a small plastic fluke. You must keep your drift speeds under .5 mph with the ideal drift being .3 mph utilizing drift socks to keep you slowed down in windy conditions. In the weeks to come hybrids and white bass will continue to migrate to the shallower water from 8-20 feet to spawn and will be easy to find. You may even try trolling a small spinner bait or a hellbender or pet spoon rig at 2 mph in the shallower depths. The crappie bite has picked up in the creeks and inlets in 2-10 feet of water throughout the entire lake. The warm weather will continue to drive these fish shallow to spawn. If you can find a brush pile near a dock you can find them stacked up but most of the crappie have migrated into the creeks or shallow water now. Guides have been reporting exceptionally nice catches on sunny warmer days. Report by Brent Herbeck, Herbeck’s Lonestar Fishing Guide Service.

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