East Texas Division Ends Season On Cedar Creek

East Texas Division Ends Season On Cedar Creek
The East Texas Division 11 of the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, closes out its regular season May 18, 2013, on Cedar Creek Reservoir.The competitors will launch at Log Cabin Landing, located at 14387 Alamo Road in Malakoff. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. May 17. Go to www.americanbassanglers.comto register for this tournament.Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass.The fourth largest lake in Texas, Cedar Creek Reservoir covers 32,623 acres on the Trinity River at full pool stage. About 18 miles long and 8.5 miles at its widest point, it offers anglers 320 miles of shoreline. The lake drops to more than 50 feet deep in places.Created in 1964, the lake receives considerable pressure from nearby Dallas and Fort Worth. Besides the Trinity River, other major tributaries include Caney Creek, Clear Creek and King’s Creek. The southern portion of the lake generally holds slightly clearer water and usually offers the best largemouth bass fishing. The northern end typically runs a bit more muddy.The reservoir can hold some giant bass. The lake record weighed 14.65 pounds, caught in March 1993. With the water about 3.5 feet below normal pool and running in the low 70s, look for bass in the shallows and tempt them with weightless wacky worms or topwater baits. Many anglers fish around submerged or floating vegetation in the back of coves at the lower end of the lake. Run Texas-rigged soft plastic frogs over the grass tops or drop a fluke next to grassy edges. Wacky worms, Texas-rigged worms or shaky heads can also provide good action around weeds and docks. Anglers may want to drag Carolina rigs over humps near the confluence of Clear and Caney creeks.During the June 9, 2012, BWS tournament on Cedar Creek Reservoir, Terry Hawkins of Corsicana won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 18.76 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.03-pound kicker.Hawkins caught most of his fish on either a 1/2-ounce or 3/4-ounce Strike King green pumpkin football jig with a twin-tail grub right on the bottom. Scott A. Dean of Terrell won the Boater Division lunker honors with a 7.84-pounder.In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Patti Campbell of Waxahachie landed a three-fish division daily limit going 10.41 pounds. She anchored her catch with a 6.21-pounder that won the co-angler lunker race. Campbell caught most of her fish on a watermelon green pumpkin senko with a 1/64-ounce tungsten weight fished in eight to 12 feet of water. She also caught fish by wacky worming near docks.The two-day divisional championship will be held July 20-21 out of Johnson Creek Park near Jefferson, Texas, to fish the Lake of the Pines. At the end of the season, one BWS angler will win the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble, tournament manager, at 318-201-3474 or ABA at 256-232-0406. Online, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
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