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    When everyone is referring to the gravel pits are you talking about the little isolated spots below off of the main water?

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    Yes sir.


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    Ok, full disclosure as they say. I usually park at the old bridge and drag/float my kayak to the creek (blue line) during the winter since the gate is closed for closer access.

    The red stars are deeper holes that I always fish if I have time and the yellow circles are the three main old gravel pits that I can paddle into off the creek, even during low water. Many of the other pits hold fish, but they can only come in and out during high water. Any area that has 18 to 24 inches of water and a lay down along the creek may hold a couple of fish, so I prospect them tossing a small spinner while moving.

    Once the creek turns southwest entering into the bay, there's numerous old stumps on the bottom. This area seems empty of Crappie on many trips, but during low water and low flow you can find them stacked in this area, especially in the spring. I've anchored there many years and caught Crappie until I has tired of taking them off the hook.

    I often put in and paddle to the bay, then work my way back to the bridge. That way if I run short on time I'm working back to my vehicle instead of away. The Crappie move around following the bait and often won't be in the same area. One trip they'll be in the deeper holes, next scattered in the pits. I've even found them during low water flow in the middle of the creek hitting shad on the surface in 18 inches of water.
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    Ok, full disclosure as they say. I usually park at the old bridge and drag/float my kayak to the creek (blue line) during the winter since the gate is closed for closer access.

    The red stars are deeper holes that I always fish if I have time and the yellow circles are the three main old gravel pits that I can paddle into off the creek, even during low water. Many of the other pits hold fish, but they can only come in and out during high water. Any area that has 18 to 24 inches of water and a lay down along the creek may hold a couple of fish, so I prospect them tossing a small spinner while moving.

    Once the creek turns southwest entering into the bay, there's numerous old stumps on the bottom. This area seems empty of Crappie on many trips, but during low water and low flow you can find them stacked in this area, especially in the spring. I've anchored there many years and caught Crappie until I has tired of taking them off the hook.

    I often put in and paddle to the bay, then work my way back to the bridge. That way if I run short on time I'm working back to my vehicle instead of away. The Crappie move around following the bait and often won't be in the same area. One trip they'll be in the deeper holes, next scattered in the pits. I've even found them during low water flow in the middle of the creek hitting shad on the surface in 18 inches of water.
    someone should take a chainsaw to the southern most pit as the passages are blocked to the point of having to work to get in it by fighting thru deadfalls that may fall further and pin someone and make gator bait out of him...I couldnt get mine to start....LOL

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    I can paddle in from the east, but the southern entry is blocked by a down tree. It's an easy drag from the pit to the north though. I kind of like it, keeps the big boats out when the lake is up, LOL.
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    LOL, we really do fish all the same spots. You probably have markers on all my trees in the lower end, and over at Indian Creek too.

    Speaking of fishing your way back if it gets late, I was paddling/dragging my kayak to the bridge in the dark this evening with just my cell phone flashlight. I only caught 5 that measured, but one was over 14". I should have kept the bluegill I was catching, but I thought I'd have a bigger mess of crappie.

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    I've caught a ton of gills in Limestone this fall, but nothing over 7 inches. I usually get many around 9, not sure where they are? Maybe once the water drops another foot they'll start to concentrate. I'd sure like to get a few large gills before the water turns cold and the larger ones move deep.

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    with the water high, I was able to float carefully thru the deadfall you speak of but with it down my flatbottom is to heavy to float in mud (LOL) and the short drag for a kayak is a long way for 250-300 lbs of boat , gear and beer....I have been launching at the ramp across the bay too which is a 30 min comute with a 40lbs trolling motor...

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    I have always concentrated on the main creek, but will for sure try and check out those shallower pits next time I'm out there. With this rain over the next couple of days I doubt it will be anytime this week before I go out there. It seems to take forever for that place to go back to normal looking water after a rain.
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    I probably caught 10-12 gills Friday. Only brought 2 home. The rest were small. Caught my first red breast which was good size. But it was to pretty so I turned it back. Yeah Iím a softy about some things. Lol


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