WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Monday morning, June 18th, I fished with Temple, Texas, native Mr. Luke Bolton, his father, Paul Bolton, and Luke’s 8-year-old son, Lance. Luke is a heavy equipment operator working in the energy industry in Colorado, Paul is a physician with the Veterans’ Administration, and Lance is headed to the 3rd grade when the new school year kicks in.
From left: Luke Bolton, Lance Bolton, and Paul Bolton with a mixed bag we took via downrigging this morning as a low pressure system moved in off the Gulf of Mexico from the southeast.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip in which we caught white bass and sunfish.
WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir
WHEN WE FISHED: Monday morning, 18 June.
HOW WE FISHED: We got off to a 1 hour late start and thereby missed a good portion of the strong low-light bite we’ve been encountering in the first 2 hours after sunrise. We then put in about 3 hours worth of downrigging beginning at 7:30am, and then fished shallow for sunfish in the final hour. The bite was slow this morning as the low pressure system coming in from the SE off of the Gulf began to cause a breakdown in our high pressure and shift winds from SE to E. Once in place, the fishing ought to improve while the low pressure lasts, but today’s change put a bit of a damper on things.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: Once again I measured the temperature profile from the surface down to 60′. It looked as follows.
0 feet 81.7°
5 feet 84.2°
10 feet 84.2°
15 feet 84.2°
20 feet 84.2°
25 feet 84.2°
30 feet 84.2°
35 feet 80.3°
40 feet 72.5°
45 feet 68.2°
50 feet 65.3°
55 feet 63.2°
60 feet 61.5°
TALLY: 55 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 7:30a
End Time: 11:50a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 76F
Water Surface Temp: 83.6F
Wind Speed & Direction: S5-12
Sky Conditions: 45% white cloud cover on an otherwise blue sky all morning
Water Level: 5.33 feet low and slowly falling thanks to evaporation
GT = 25
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area SH0024C – downrigged for suspended white bass
**Area SH0005C – downrigged for suspended white bass
**Area 1319 – SH0025C – downrigged for suspended white bass
**Area 1948 – sunfish
**Area 1150-1460 – downrigged for suspended white bass
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)