WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Thursday morning I fished with Mike and Gail Klosterhoff of Georgetown, TX, on Stillhouse Hollow. Gail got Mike a fishing gift certificate for Christmas and today was when they chose to redeem it. Based on recent scouting efforts I’d made on Stillhouse, I knew the use of bladebaits would figure heavily into our approach, so, I did some dockside coaching on the use of these lures before we encountered fish so Mike and Gail would be more capable when we got into white bass. Because the Klosterhoffs recently bought a pontoon boat of their own and desire to get better at catching fish on their own, I tried to explain why we did what we did as the morning went along so they could apply such lessons to their own efforts going forward. Thank you for the referral, Dan Marriott!!
Mike and Gail Klosterhoff of Georgetown, TX, put 46 white bass and 1 largemouth in the boat under warming, cloudy conditions on Stillhouse Hollow throwing bladebaits.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on catching white bass.
WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow
WHEN WE FISHED: Friday morning, 09 March 2018
HOW WE FISHED: All fish caught today were taken in under 20′ of water and primarily using bladebaits. We used 3/8 oz. Cicadas in shallower water (<10′) and 3/4 oz. Binsky blades in water over 10′. A lift-drop retrieve did the trick. We also put a few fish in the boat via flatline trolling. The fish showed a definite preference for the Storm Smash Shad over the Wiggle Wart I had on the other line. The trolling targeted scattered fish whereas the bladebaits were thrown at congregated fish as seen on sonar.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) Despite our decent catch, there still seems to be a scarcity of both fish and bait in the areas traditionally holding fish under current water conditions and in this season as compared to seasons past. 2) The “bridge tree” I watch each time of year for a gauge of spring’s progress began greening this week. 3) Sandhill cranes have migrated beyond us now.
TALLY: 47 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 6:30 am
End Time: 10:30 am
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 53F
Water Surface Temp: 58-59F
Wind Speed & Direction: S5-7 then increasing sharply to S14 around 9:30
Sky Conditions: 100% grey clouds
Water Level: 3.72 feet low
GT = 40
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area SH0011C to SH0014C – blade baits in under than 12′
**Area SH0012C – flatline trolling
**Area 091 to SH0013C
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
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