Apple Creek

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Apple Creek

I have never fished Apple Creek and was wondering if anyone has info on places to go. Is there fish throughout the creek? I assume that the most popular would be the mouth by the Missouri. Are you able to ice fish down there? Just looking for another spot closer to home to try. Thanks.

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People fish for pike in the spring where AC crosses 1804 and on down to its mouth. 

You can also find walleyes in the holes created by road crossings according to a couple people I know.

And, of course, since McDowell Dam is upstream, there are a lot of mediocre blue gill in it. 

 

The bigger issue you will have is that it largely runs through private, and posted, land.  So access may be less than optimal.

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I also haven't fished it for years, but years ago I caught northern and a few crappie and bluegills in the area of the WMA. At this time I would be very cautious on the ice with the river fluctuating up and down the last 2 weeks and with the cold weather moving in this weekend you could see a another rise in river levels which could effect the Apple Creek. Just be very AWARE of ice conditions if you go. There is also a predicted increase in Garrison Dam releases from 15,000 to 23,000 CFS by about 18th January, this will maintain a higher river level also

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The mouth can be good in spring and summer but since the game and fish in all their what seems to be anti shore fishing wisdom closed the road its now a decent walk around the edge of the low area down there. I myself would not ice fish down there for the reason stated above as well as under 1804 because the dam there will cause the downstream ice to be weaker for a stretch.

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Dean, those cooking meth and transients starting fires down there had a bit to do with shutting down that area to vehicles also. 

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I finally tried a spot on apple creek but found it was super shallow (2-4 feet.) what is average depth in the creek? Does anyone fish upstream or is it all close to the mouth?

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There’s pretty good access to Apple Creek through the briardale WMA área down there.  Drive down to the Briardale subdivision, keep to the left and you’ll see a sign on the south side of the road. Follow it and you’ll get to a nice area to access the creek with kayaks, etc.  Or put in a kayak,at 1804 and take it out in Briardale WMA or at the Kimble ramp.  Also good kayak access to the river if you take the west fork once in the WMA!  I’d be leery of ice fishing there because of water level fluctuations, too.  Might be OK, but be careful.  Don’t go alone, keep a long rope handy, etc.  

Like Steve says, every year idiots leave campfires burning, do illegal semi permanent camping down there, litter like crazy, etc. The whole area is still walk in, pretty good hunting for being close to town, G&F food plots, etc.  Some (one, anyway) constantly complain about the G &F but they can’t  please everybody and do a darned good job down there in the bottoms.  

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There’s pretty good access to Apple Creek through the briardale WMA área down there.  Drive down to the Briardale subdivision, keep to the left and you’ll see a sign on the south side of the road. Follow it and you’ll get to a nice area to access the creek with kayaks, etc.  Or put in a kayak,at 1804 and take it out in Briardale WMA or at the Kimble ramp.  Also good kayak access to the river if you take the west fork once in the WMA!  I’d be leery of ice fishing there because of water level fluctuations, too.  Might be OK, but be careful.  Don’t go alone, keep a long rope handy, etc.  

Like Steve says, every year idiots leave campfires burning, do illegal semi permanent camping down there, litter like crazy, etc. The whole area is still walk in, pretty good hunting for being close to town, G&F food plots, etc.  Some (one, anyway) constantly complain about the G &F but they can’t  please everybody and do a darned good job down there in the bottoms.