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Briery Creek Lake...

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Osbornj2- Nice pickeral...I caught my first one out of briery a couple weeks back they are some fun fighting fish!  ;D

I forgot to post a report last friday when I went because it really wasnt a fishing trip to me. I was un-prepared as to warm clothing and no gloves and the cold definently got to me after the first 2 hours on the lake. I did have 3 hits on some wacky rigged trick stick but couldnt set the hook on em. The upper half of the lake it where I had the bites. Water temp. was around the low 60s when I left. Only 2 other boats out that I saw.

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IPMY03, I was going thru some of my picture files and found this one of the low water level last year and on the right side of the picture showing no stumps is the mostly straight part of the main creek channel as viewed from the intersection of Briery Creek and Little Briery Creek looking towards the dam end of the lake. I was fishing in the creek channel as I often do. There is really some safe places to run once you learn them. ;)

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Well if my plans and weather fall through, I'm going to make another trip out to Briery. Where should I start fishing at? Since I only been to the lake once and don't make about it. Should I fish deep water or near the banks? I'm going to do what you said Wayne and take my time and just go slow until I get a feel for the water. Where are the hot spots on the lake?

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WayneP. - I don't have any problems navigating towards the dam end of the lake, I've found most of the paths bewteen trees to get to where want, that end is pretty easy. Its the other end where I have problems but on my last short trip I managed to make it down far enough to reach the 2 - 3 ft waters but like I posted earlier, it was just too cold for me that morning so I didnt fish it much.

EDIT: I had my directions messed up, sorry about that I meant the southern end the whole time lol oops  ;D

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allst8rnnr, the whole lake is a hot spot. I have the most success fishing in or close to the upper end creek channels. From the 701 ramp, I go under the powerline (South) and navigate the East side of the lake where there are no standing trees until the open water ends and then stay against the shore for about 100 yards where the lake widens some and start fishing the creek channel on up to the very end of the lake.

During the warmer months, I fish out from the ramp along the main lake tree line where the water is around 20'-25' deep with subtle depth changes that hold the bass and shad.

When I fish near the dam, I am always getting hung up on the small trees between the island and the dam as I fish the gradual dept change out from the island. I don't fish near the shore anytime but during the late prespawn and spawn except when the lake is mostly frozen and a warm South wind has the water melted against the dam.

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Hows the fishing Wayne? Have you been in a while?

I'm thinking I might try and make another trip in a week or two.

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The fishing is been good and the catching is good too. I've been deer hunting a few times but its too hot now for me. I fished 5 hours today and caught 39 bass and 5 crappie at a private subdivision lake.

I'm going to Briery tomorrow.

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How about some advice on shore-fishing this lake?  I have a friend who's young son will be fishing there this weekend.  Any advice on areas or techniques from the shore would be great.  I've never fished it so I can't offer him much advice.  

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The best shore fishing area is around the gravel parking lot where the handicapped pier is located near the dam.

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A nice day for November. 74 degrees this afternoon with the surface temp at 61 degrees. I didn't see any bass chasing shad on the surface so I just fished the upper end creek channels and caught 31 bass and 6 pickerel. A weedless wacky rigged Trick and Finesse worm produced the most. I also caught a few on a Chatterbait and swimbait.

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Sounds like you had a great day Wayne.  I wish I could get up there one more time but looks like I won't be able too.  We are stand by right for my sister to have her baby, so I figure I better stay close to home.  But this spring I'm going to head up there a few times and try to catch a few of them fish.

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Its been mighty quiet lately, I haven't made a trip since november or maybe even the end of september. I wish this cold weather would go away for a while.....

Hows the fishing wayne? have you been lately or is it not really even worth fishing this time of the year? I was thinking about going sometime and trying out some jigs.

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i guess ill bring this back up...

Went to briery about a week ago now on one of those warm days. caught a 4lb and a dink on 6in shadalicous swim bait. Went last weekend too but it was really cold and didnt catch any thing. Just cant wait for it to warm up so i can get out in the boat. love this lake though except the getting hung up on trees part ::)  

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i guess ill bring this back up...

Went to briery about a week ago now on one of those warm days. caught a 4lb and a dink on 6in shadalicous swim bait. Went last weekend too but it was really cold and didnt catch any thing. Just cant wait for it to warm up so i can get out in the boat. love this lake though except the getting hung up on trees part ::)

lol yeah getting hung up is really fun especially on a blistering hot day :o

Glad to hear someone else has made the trip recently, I also cannot wait until it warms up a bit because I have the itch to try out my new spro swimbaits and maybe catch me one of them famous 10lb briery bass  ;D

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I went there this past Friday 1/20 to get some more break-in time on my outboad motor. Most of the lake within sight of the 701 ramp was clear of ice and the water temp was 37-38 degrees. I only fished about 15 minutes,  then it got cloudy, the wind got to about 20mph, so I left. There were two other boats out and they left about the same time. I like the submerged stumps as I pull up on them to hold in position and don't have to use an anchor to fish an area when it is real windy.

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Spring well be here before we know it.  I know briery gets alot of attention during the spring, but is there a day of the week that might be as busy as the weekend?

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During April and May, its hard to tell what day of the week it is judging by the parking lots. Possibly Mondays and Tuesdays might be the least crowded.

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I fished there today, only two other boats out. The warm weekend got the water temp up to 43-44 degrees from mid lake to the upper end. All I caught were slot fish on a Chatterbait and Trap--2 were just over 5#.

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I fished there today, only two other boats out. The warm weekend got the water temp up to 43-44 degrees from mid lake to the upper end. All I caught were slot fish on a Chatterbait and Trap--2 were just over 5#.

...What?!?  No Wacky-rigs ?  ::)  What has this world come to ?!?!

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I did throw the wacky rig some, but the horizonal presentation to cover a lot of water was the pattern. A couple of kids and I caught some on the wacky rig Sunday at Lake Anna on the hot side though.

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I fished there today, only two other boats out. The warm weekend got the water temp up to 43-44 degrees from mid lake to the upper end. All I caught were slot fish on a Chatterbait and Trap--2 were just over 5#.

You sir are amazing :o I'd be satisfied to wet a line, happy to hook up with a dink, and ecstatic to catch a keeper, but you're catching 5 lbers in February! Very nice! Keep it up!

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I went there again today to take advantage of the 70 degree weather. The water was 5 degrees warmer. I caught them on a Chatterbait and Trap again. 26 more bass than yesterday with the largest being 7 pounds, 12 ounces and 7 others over 4 pounds. My thumb and palm are torn up so I'll give them a few days rest.

Its a tough job, but someone has to do it.

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Awesome fish Wayne, in Feb too...Hey Andrew we gotta go and try this lake out one day =D

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I'm green with ***.....

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