Icemen from the North — 102 Fish, 26 Dec. 2017

WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, December 26th, I fished with John and Ryan Evans from Littleton, Colorado.  They came for a visit to Killeen to see John’s dad, a U.S. Army veteran, who retired here.  John works for a software firm and Ryan is working his way through college with a job in the hunting/fishing department at Dick’s Sporting Goods with aims to become a game warden after graduation.  This father and son team are typically icefishing for kokanee, rainbow, and lake trout this time of year.  In fact, they have a trip planned for this coming Sunday after their drive back to Colorado.



John Evans of Littleton, CO, with one of several hybrid striped bass we landed while “smoking” slabs through more aggressive fish.


From left: Ryan and John Evans with a few of the white bass we took this morning.  A majority of our white bass came on a snap-jigging tactic as we employed light 3/8 oz. slabs with Hazy Eye Stinger hooks affixed to the line tie.

WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.  We encountered largemouth, drum, and hybrid striped bass as a by-catch.


WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday morning, 26 December, 2017

HOW WE FISHED:  Slab are now, and will continue to be, the go-to bait for me through at least early March.  The presentation varied today with fish activity level.  When fish were actively feeding several feet off bottom we used a “smoking tactic”; when fish were less aggressive but still up off bottom, we used an “easing” tactic; and when they were glued to bottom and unwilling to chase, we used a snap-jigging tactic.  The smaller 3/8 oz. slab outperformed the 3/4 oz. slab today, and, the stinger hooks accounted for about 60% of the catch.  The fact that Ryan and John had icefishing (vertical jigging) experience, really flattened their learning curve.  Less experienced clients would likely have caught less than half of what we landed today.

OBSERVATIONS/NOTES:   1) Thanks to the light fog layer, our bite did not start until after 8am.

TALLY: 102 FISH, all caught and released


Start Time: 7:30a

End Time:  12:30p

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  46F

Water Surface Temp:  55.4 – 56.2F

Wind Speed & Direction:  ENE11

Sky Conditions: 100% grey clouds with steady, light mist

Water Level: 2.84 feet low

GT = 80





**Area 187 (only area where fish were active enough for smoking retrieve for any length of time)

**Area vic B0005C

**Area vic 1945/2059

**Area B0009C

**Area B0010C

**Area B0011C

Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide

Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service

254.368.7411 (call or text)




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