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Bedias Creek or Bust!
By Scottie Davis

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The very best action I have experienced during the White Bass spawn is fishing Bedias Creek. This creek was most known for its illegal netting for many years. Many people avoided it all together due to the characters living in the area. Several years ago there was a sting operation involving the Texas Parks and Wildlife and local law enforcement. Needless to say the area is consistently patrolled and will never return to the lawlessness again.

There is a boat ramp located where the Creek meets the Trinity River and can make for the shortest boat ride. I recommend this ramp if you are fishing out of a small boat with speed limitations or a unreliable craft. I have launched my 22 ft Center Console many times without the first problem.

When heavy rains hit I was thankful for my 4x4 although the owner of the ramp keeps his tractor close for those situations.

The second launching alternative is at Bells Camp off Hwy 19. If you are coming from Livingston or Riverside this will be the shortest drive by car but the longest boat ride. Most full sized boats will run at least 40 and shouldnít take you 30 minutes to arrive. You may knock off a full hours drive by car by launching here. Just keep in mind if your equipment is not reliable you may have to float at river speed many, many miles before someone sees you, if at all. It is like running offshore, better to do it in two boats than one.

If making the trip from Bells Camp at the Hwy 19 Bridge travel upriver for approximately 15 miles. This may or may not be as the crow flies. My GPS shows the distance to be much closer, although the river winds like a snake. The trip up river will be filled with scenic beauty and wildlife galore. I have seen many Bald Eagles during the trec and recommend bringing your camera. When you arrive at Bedias the Creek will be on your left spanning 50 - 100 ft wide depending upon water level. There will be a small subdivision of trailers on the right of the Creek where the ramp is located.

To drive to this ramp from I 45 exit #118 75 N at Huntsville. Take a right at the Red Light (75 N). Travel a short distance and take a left at FM 2821. After only a mile take a left at FM 247. There will be a Exxon at this intersection. Take 247 for appoximately 30 miles. You will cross two bridges. The second one is Bedias Creek. Shortly afterwards there will be a road to the right named Wilson Shoals. Turn Right here and go until it ends. There will be a small settlement of trailers at the end of this road. Turn right at the end and follow the road to the ramp. The last trailer on the right owns the ramp and charges $5.00 to launch. Tell Pete, Scottie says Hi.

From the mouth of Bedias to the Wilson Shoals is approximately 7 winding miles. Within a mile from the mouth the creek it will open into two lakes. Watch your depth finder and read the terrain. The water running at a fast pace over the years will eat out the side of the bank on the deep side.

Try to run in this deeper water and when faced with what direction to go look ahead and read the banks. I can run area in my big boat at about half throttle being very cautious of what is around the next corner. You will know you are at the Shoals when you see the bluffs spanning 50 ft high.

These bluffs were developed over the years from the rock shoals 100 yards up river. If the water level is somewhat low you may see rapids here. If the water is high enough and you pass them you will shortly come to Hwy 247 Bridge. It has always been my attempt to travel as far up river as possible and fish down. Concentrate in the area of the shoals. If the water is low this is the furthest point the fish can travel. The Whites will be stacked in there as thick as cord wood.

Start fishing with a rattle trap. My preference is the chrome with blue back. Try every conceivable presentation before you change lures. If you have to change go to a Roadrunner style jig in white or chartreuse. You can troll them behind the boat, cast at the shoreline or put the boat in close and cast out deep. Work the lure slow and close to the bottom or speed it up and burn it back to the boat. These fish can be finicky or outright in a feeding frenzy. There is a presentation they will fancy if you have the patience to present the matrix of choices. This style of fishing can be used all the way back to the Trinity River if you have that much time.

Pace yourself in your adventure. I have heard horror stories of people breaking down and not seeing anyone for help. Travel in pairs and check on each other before heading in. Please do not use this article as the sole source of navigation. Carry a GPS, cellular phone, tools and a source of fire. Acknowledge the fact anything could happen and appreciate the adventure that comes with it. For additional info or a guided trip call me at (713) 786 6723.

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