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there is a creek that is about 12 feet average width which is mostly fast running but also has a bunch of pools that sometimes bottom out at 4-5 feet . i just recently discovered there is a smallmouth bass run that comes every summer  and i was wondering wat kind of lures you guys would recomend for this situation????

so far on my list to try is tubes, gulp leeches, small jigs, grubs, and small jointed rapalas....

wat do u guys think??

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I second Roostertails.

I would also use a texas rigged 4" lizard weightless or with a small bullet with a 1/0 offset hook.  I like green pumpkin seed, but thats just my fav.  Any color is good.  This works like a charm when I fish the streams!

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Small crawdad colored crankbait and small rapala's or thundersticks in a bass or shiner pattern. Sometimes trout colors are the very best though. I would use a short ultra-light spinning outfit also.

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You've got it. I concure Roostertails are a must, I'vehad more luck with them than  anything else. Small beetele spins. in desprate times I've used large dry flys and let them float down stream. they seem to work good in small streams. LOL

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I have fished a small creek for the past 6 years. I've had luck with green mister twisters, rapala jointed shad raps, the smaller ones, and 4 inch Kinami Flash, rigged wacky style, and rebel humpbacks.

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Ditto on the in-line spinners -- I prefer Mepps myself -- but they are magnets toward overhanging branches and numerous other snags along small creeks. Weedless jigs work well in those nasty spots and shallow water. Try a topwater or two. The zarra puppy is my favorite; it's impossible not to anticipate a strike when you watch it come down the stream comming at you and darting back and forth.

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I fish a creek like this, I used to bring a backpack full of lures and walk for miles trying different things,  now i just take a box with what works best: roostertails, crawdad cranks, rapala original floater (silver/black) and rapala suspended jerk bluegill color.

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I would use any kind of inline spinners like roostertails,bluefox,and panther martins.

I would also try some curly tail grubs on a lead jighead electric blue being my all time favorite for smallies.

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I've been doing well in creeks for smallies with the berkely chigger craw in greener or browner colors.  Also been killin' them on the river with them too.  I have just been texas rigging them.  Landed a 4 pounder over the weekend.

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I would second the inline spinners with my favorites being panther martins and rooster tails for small creeks, as stated by previous posters.  Small jerkbaits, preferably suspending, work well also. Combine those lures with a 4ft UL and 4lb test, you can have some good fun in those backwoods creeks!

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I would use crawdad cranks and a weightless t-rigged lizard. Those have been my go to baits for a couple of years now. I would also bring some tubes, hula grubs and a couple of topwaters. Now with all this talk, I think that i will go creek fishin tomarrow.

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