Here’s a snapshot of our results for the month, and a bit about what’s happening right now on Belton and Stillhouse
29 NOV = 49 FISH
28 NOV = 50 FISH
27 NOV = 80 FISH
22 NOV = 17 FISH
20 NOV = 34 FISH (PM)
20 NOV = 33 FISH (AM)
17 NOV = 60 FISH
13 NOV = 56 FISH (PM)
13 NOV = 29 FISH (AM)
10 NOV = 24 FISH
04 NOV = 48 FISH
03 NOV = 59 FISH
01 NOV = 59 FISH
TOTAL CATCH FOR NOVEMBER 2008 = 598 FISH
AVERAGE CATCH PER TRIP = 54.3 FISH
Water Conditions: Surface temps stand at 59-60F at Belton and Stilhouse; the water is 2.1 feet low at Belton and is clear green. At Stillhouse, the water is 4.1 feet low and is clear green.
Hybrid Stripers: With the cooling water, the hybrid have moved up shallower into the 20 foot range. Early morning and late evening have even seen a bit of subsurface activity with occasional fish breaking the surface. Fish will continue to gather into tighter schools through the winter months. As the water cools and the fish congregate, vertical presentations will become more effective than horizontal presentations.
White Bass: Are now predictably schooled up in large congregations and are being found in the same areas as hybrid. Slabbing is very reliable and can account for high numbers in short time spans. Birds are present in sufficient quantities now to be reliable indicators of fish location.
Largemouth: Largemouth are moving out to deepwater structures and are slowing down a good bit. I find a lot of black bass on the open water topographies I fish for whites and hybrids. They tend to come on larger baits, and can be specifically targeted with larger baits as they inhabit these deepwater haunts in fishable numbers.
Winter is by far my favorite time to fish. The fish respond very predictably to the pre-frontal, frontal, and post-frontal cycles. The pressure is light, and the bird activity is icing on the cake.
Call me now if you want to fish in December. I’m at 254-368-7411. –Bob Maindelle
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