A Tough Summer Evening on Belton — 30 Fish, 07 June ’17

This past Wednesday evening, June 7th, I fished with John Leavy, his teenage son, Connor, and John’s stepfather, Mike Marcel, who is visiting Texas for a week from New York City.

Connor and Mike


Connor Leavy shows our largest white bass of the trip.  This fish exceeded 13″.  His grandfather, Mike Marcel, who was visiting from New York City, looks on.


As is typical of Belton during the summer, our first two hours from 4:30 to 6:30 PM were quite tough, giving up only 12 fish.

We used a combination of livebait (which got us nothing this afternoon), cutbait targeting blue catfish on slip corks, and downrigging with tandem rigged Pet Spoons for white bass.

Despite a slow start, we had a pretty good conclusion, putting 18 white bass the boat in our closing 25 minutes as some very light twilight schooling took place under calming wind conditions.

We closed out the trip with 30 fish landed for our efforts this evening.


TALLY: 30 FISH, all caught and released



Start Time: 4:30p

End Time: 9:00p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 87F

Water Surface Temp: 80.1F

Wind Speed & Direction: NW4

Sky Conditions: Cloudless, fair skies all afternoon

Water Level: 0.56 feet above full pool and falling; 1,589 cfs release at Belton Dam

GT = 0


**Area 1404-1604 downrigging for sparse white bass

**Area 1800 downrigging for sparse white bass

**Area 1000 downrigging for sparse white bass

****Area 1664 & 437 downrigging followed by surface action ’til dark


Bob Maindelle

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