WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, Tuesday, June 5th, I fished with Mr. Wayne Shelton, a retired Houston firefighter, and his wife, Nancy, who runs a hardware store near the ship channel down on the Texas coast. The two are semi-retired and living near Buckholts, TX. Once an avid wade fisherman in the Galveston Bay complex, Wayne lost his boat in a storage unit fire and has refitted with his and hers kayaks. Today was a bit of a recon of Stillhouse for them to see where and how the kayaks may play in to fishing here.
Wayne Shelton supports our largest fish of this morning’s trip, a 4.75 pound largemouth bass weighed on a certified scale. Fishing was generally slow with a number of scenarios where large schools of transient white bass simply refused our offerings.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass and largemouth bass.
WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir
WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday morning, 05 June.
HOW WE FISHED: We fished with downriggers for nomadic schools of white bass and we fished live shad for white bass and largemouth bass.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: The fish are in that early summer mode that makes fishing tough this time every year. We covered a lot of water today and picked up single white bass just about everywhere we went. What was a bi frustrating was the number of large schools of white bass, numbering from perhaps 20 to 100 individual fish, which absolutely ignored our presentations both via downriggers and with live shad. The white bass we did catch came from smaller groups of 2-5 fish which were hanging just above the bottom, mostly on deep flats in 32-40 feet of water. The live shad definitely drew the attention of the largemouth and we took them slowly but steadily on live baits fished suspended off bottom at about 31-34′. Our largest black bass weighed 4.75 pounds.
TALLY: 24 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 6:15a
End Time: 12:15p
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 72F
Water Surface Temp: 83.2F
Wind Speed & Direction: S from 0-9 all morning
Sky Conditions: Fair skies, no clouds
Water Level: 4.78 feet low and slowly falling thanks to evaporation
GT = 30
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area 15310-1312 – most consistent white bass action on downriggers
**Area 1150 – slow but consistent white bass
**Area vic 980 – largemouth on shad
**Area vic 1564 – largemouth on shad
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)