Post By: Gunnar Posted: 6/18/2012 10:44:18 PM Points: 50
I have been down to Cherry Creek a few afternoons this past weekend and keep getting skunked. I have been out by the marina along the dam. I have been using grubs on jig heads just casting and jigging across the bottom. Any ideas for a rig I can use to catch some crappies or walleyes? Anything helps thanks.
Crappie don't typically feed on the bottom so if you want to target them, fish higher in the water column. My most productive crappie set up is a 1 inch tube jig fished on a 1/16-1/8 oz jig head under a bobber. throw it out and jig it along. Adjust your depth,jigging pattern, and tube color until you start getting hits. I usually start off about two feet under the bobber and make adjustments from there. If it's windy with a lot of chop on the water, sometimes letting it drift with the wind and letting the waves provide the action is all you'll need.
Afternoons aren't the best time to be fishing for walleye in the shallows. The grub is a good idea but you would have much better luck if you were throwing it either early in the morning or later in the evening. They tend to hold in deeper water during the brightest parts of the day.
With water as stained as Cherry Creek jigs may be to small and not displace enough water for fish to find.Might try spoons or kastmasters to to get some flash which might get you some reaction strikes.If you still wanna try jigs.Make sure you use a good attract scent on them such as pro cure or yum.Also with jigs.keep changing colors of your soft plastics if your using them until you find a color that produces a strike.Good luck and I'm sure some of the CC pros will chime in soon.
Reply by: Nightstalker Posted: 6/20/2012 9:10:50 AM Points: 4729
Gunnar , you are on the right track, just keep your bait up off bottom. Cast and retrieve your rig about a foot or so below the surface. Green, White, Chartruese, are a few good colors. Try tipping it with a piece of crawler, or a leech.
Grab some Bobby Garland Baby Minnows, 1/16th ounce jig head and try your luck under a slip bobber or slowly jigged. They sink slow. Got plenty of bites today on them and they were choking them. Deep inside their mouth, didnt have to worry about tearing the mouth cuz they were almost swallowing it. Hope this helps.