02 FEBRUARY 2008

Stillhouse Hollow Fishing Report by Stillhouse Hollow Fishing Guide Bob Maindelle

Had some downtime this afternoon and so took a leisurely afternoon trip just by myself today. Since I wasn’t on a customer’s schedule, I waited on some wind before heading out.

A light breeze began to push from the SSE around 2:30p, so I headed out and was on the water by 2:55p. The breeze slowly built up to ~12mph SSE at most, but it was enough to get the fish going.

I made a quick stop at a mid-lake hump I hadn’t fished in a while. No shad were showing, but I graphed a few fish, so I gave it a try and came up with a 15 inch largemouth on the first drop of the slab. That was all that area had to offer, so I moved on.

I hit another midlake feature where a breakline occurs prior to another drop into the channel (Area 104). I usually don’t find fish here this time of year, but, I saw 4 large herring gulls resting on the water here. As I drew closer, they were oddly reluctant to lift off the water and flee. I suspected they were hungry and were sitting on top of an uncooperative food source … and that hunch was right on.

As I ran sonar thoroughly over the area, I saw plenty of fish with bellies to the bottom. Down went the slab and up came the white bass. From 3:15 to 5:00pm I caught 24 keeper whites, all within a quarter inch of 11 inches in length. I also caught 2 largemouth, a sunfish, and one dink white bass here.

Then, at the same area, from 5:00 to 5:40p the fish turned on and in that short span of time, I added 14 more keeper whites to the tally, all on a slab, with ~60% coming off bottom, and the balance out of suspended schools. These were of the same size as the rest, right around 11 inches.

By 5:40 things shut down hard. The fish quit, the terns flocked up and went to roost, and it was all over but the boat washing.

I said a prayer of thanks to the Lord as I headed back in to the dock for the few hours of peace and quiet He afforded me today.

Tally this day was 43 fish, all caught and released.

Bob Maindelle, Owner Holding The Line Guide Service and Kids Fish, Too! Stillhouse Hollow Fishing Guide, Belton Lake Fishing Guide, Lake Georgetown Fishing Guide, Walter E. Long (Decker) Lake Fishing Guide. Offering Salado Fishing, Killeen Fishing and Ft. Hood Fishing