Creek Trip Report – April 10, 2022

Southeastern Louisiana, north of Interstate 10/12, has some nice sandy bottom creeks that can be alot of fun to wade fish for spotted bass. Due to the sandy bottom, they need about a week without rain to clear up enough to allow for successful fly fishing. I have only recently discovered this fishery, with my first attempt being in March of 2020. With a trip to Colorado around that time postponed due to “that whole covid thing” I found myself on the Comite river north of Baton Rouge. The conditions were great and I caught several spotted bass. I had found my new favorite fishing hole! Unfortunately, as I came to find out, getting a dry period long enough for the Comite to be fishable is rather rare. I was lucky in 2020 to have some good trips, but in 2021 I didn’t catch a spotted bass at all, as we had a very wet spring and summer. In my experience, it takes a good 10 days without rain for the Comite to get right. There had to be a better option.

This year I have scouted out some new creeks that are much farther north, and drain alot less land than the southern end of the Comite river. I have made a few trips already in 2022, and have caught spotted bass each time. One trip was only 3 or 4 days after a good rain, and the creek was a little higher than ideal that day, but I still managed a bass near the drop in. It seems that a 5 day stretch with no rain is just right for these smaller creeks, which is much more common than the 7 to 10 day stretch I had been waiting on before. On my most recent trip, in early April, I spent 4 good hours fishing and explored further reaches of the creek than I had before. I landed 3 spotted bass, all nice in size, and a few other fish as bycatch. Not a hugely productive day, but in hindsight I probably fished alot of water that wasn’t really holding water for spotted bass as I was exploring the creek.

Below are some photos with commentary in the captions.

Serene setting, a beautiful warm and bright day in April

First fish of the day, a striped shiner that crushed a size 6 wooly bugger and had me thinking I had my first bass of the day

The fly-du-juor, a white size 6 wooly bugger with a flash chenille body, shlapen hackle collar, and hot bead

The first bass of the day, and the largest, pulled from a log jam

Notice the oval patch on the middle of the tongue, this is the “tooth patch” and is the only real way to differentiate a spotted bass from any of the other black bass species

An old pickup truck, 1950s Chevy perhaps?, sits on the banks of this creek, I’d love to know the history behind it

Aggressive little bluegill, I also lost a decent longear sunfish around this spot. I was going through a long dry spell of bass, but…

…as I was dragging my fly in the water while wading upstream I felt some resistance, and thought I was stuck in the sand, but lo and behold, a spotted bass!

Log jam

Found at the water’s edge, the husk of a dragonfly nymph

This nice spotted bass was deep in some cover in some downed branches, I initially thought I was snagged when I hooked him, these fish fight about 3 times harder per pound than their large mouth brethren

Another nice spot to finish the day, this one was lighter in color than the others, and almost resembles a smallmouth bass, a fish I have been yearning to catch for a while now

4 thoughts on “Creek Trip Report – April 10, 2022

  1. James

    Were you near Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge by chance? On my way to go hike at Clarke’s Creek near Tunica Hills I always drive over a few creeks that look like good wading spots.

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