WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Saturday morning, May 26th, I fished Lake Belton with Don Hutto, his wife, Linda, their granddaughters, Bella and Marissa Hinojos, and their son’s girlfriend, Amanda Whippo.
From left: Amanda Whippo and Linda Hutto brought in this multi-species double within seconds of one another while fishing live shad under tough, calm, bright conditions this past Memorial Day Saturday.
Amanda Whippo with a plump Lake Belton largemouth bass caught on live shad.
Don Hutto with his granddaughters, Bella (foreground), age 4, and Marissa, age 9.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: With tough fishing weather (clear skies, light winds) and the hybrid striper bite tapering off from its annual spring peak, we put live baits down for the duration of our trip and came up with a mixed bag of hybrid stripers, white bass, largemouth bass, and blue catfish.
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Saturday morning, 26 May 2018
HOW WE FISHED: This morning my hope was to get on an area with both fish and bait present and make the most of the early bite, knowing (based on the forecast which turned out to be spot-on) that the late morning was likely to be very tough. We did exactly that and caught fish slowly but steadily for our first 3 hours, putting 42 fish in the boat, then adding only 2 more fish in the final hour. Live shad of all sizes and cutbait worked well, although smaller and medium sized shad got hit more frequently. We used a slipfloat rig for catching bluecat and getting them our of our spread whenever evidence of bluecat showed (dead shad with raw tails from their nibbling).
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) Once again Area SHAD14 produced ample bait in about 3 throws this morning on shad which are still spawning in the 80.7F surface water hitting the bank.
TALLY: 44 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 6:50a
End Time: 11:10a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 74F
Water Surface Temp: 80.7F
Wind Speed & Direction: SSE from 0-3 all morning
Sky Conditions: Fair skies, no clouds
Water Level: 1.78 feet low and slowly falling thanks to evaporation
GT = 40
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area vic B0084C
**Area vic 1490
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
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