Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Jerry Arlington, May 21, 2007.
I guess if you're into thrashing small, sensitive fisheries, thats cool.
Is Crab Creek really a "secret" sensitive fishery anymore? I know it used to be, but the lower end being spoken of is not a secret anymore. I am not sure posts like this are going to increase the fishing pressure on this creek significantly, if at all, though I could be wrong. The public access spots on the lower end are well known at this point in time by many people, and the rest of the creek flows through private land, so you need to know someone or go knocking on doors to gain access.
fyi squafish (northern pikeminnow) are a native fish. They have evolved there unlike the stocked rainbows. I would recomend that you return them as they are a vital part of the system.
Ha Ha Ha, this is too fun! I only said that to invoke a fury!! I know what they are, but a cowboy I met one time, mentioned doing that. I was surprised that they have taken over the creek like they have been.
Don't go revoking a fury, son.
I have sampled Crab Creek for water quality and substrate matter. Based on what was found, I decided that I would not fish Crab Creek no matter how good or poor the fishing is.
...or invoke, for that matter
BDD what information did your survey reveal? Being an ex Forest Service fisheries junkie, I am curious what you discovered (i.e. intoxicants, aqua fauna and the like)? The water is always tea colored, which must be to sediment runoff or minerals. I upturned a small piece of wood and I saw a prolific amount of scuds, baetis, leeches and some caddis larvae. What I notice the most is the impact of cattle wading the creek, which introduces that element into the system. BTW this creek has had its fair share of poaching. One spring day, I saw worm containers on the banks!!
Without getting into the specifics, I saw extremely high water temperature and turbidity and low DO levels. No doubt there are lots of aquatic life in the system, based on the amount of nutrients added from irrigation return water. It is just a place I chose not to fish no matter what the rumors are.
How do you know there is poaching going on? I didn't check the regulations but I don't believe there is a bait ban or spring closure on this "creek". It could be just a case of littering and not poaching.
I haven't checked the regs either, so I'm not sure.
I was on lower crab creek once and saw Sally Struthers doing an infomercial about the conditions of open sewers in Grant County.
BTW If you do go to catch the rumored monster bovine sub-species "brown trout" don't wade in there or you'll be over your neck in the muck. Watch out for snakes & ticks too and don't smoke or the whole damn thing may burst into flames.
Oh Sally Struthers scissor me timbers. Oh Sally this is hot scissoring.