WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Wednesday morning, June 20th, I fished with Mrs. Gina Rushing of Temple, TX, and her grandchildren, Trenten and Trinity Fly, ages 17 and 13 respectively, of Harker Heights, TX. This trip was a birthday gift to her from her sons. She originally planned to bring her husband along, but, he fell ill and so Gina invited her grandkids along instead.
From left: Trenten Fly, Gina Rushing, and Trinity Fly teamed up to put 60 fish in the boat under continued low pressure weather conditions characterized by light rain, easterly winds, abundant cloud cover, and cooler temperatures. Gina’s sons presented her with a fishing gift certificate for her birthday.
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: Wednesday morning, 20 June.
HOW WE FISHED: With low pressure firmly in place for the second day in a row, I once again had a good feeling about today’s efforts. We focused on blunt, submerged points being directly impacted by the easterly wind and found fish holding on and actively feeding on four such locations, as well as in one cove pocket also being wind-impacted. We used downriggers to find where fish were concentrated and actively feeding, and then, if they were found near bottom, capitalized on what we found by using tailspinners to rack up the fish by working them into a frenzy beneath the boat.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: 1) With lighter winds today than the day before, we spotted 4 separate schools of white bass forcing shad to the surface and “schooling” on top. This was the first organized topwater action I’ve seen on Stillhouse thus far this summer. 2) A total of 0.55″ of rainfall fell on the lake during this 3+ day low pressure event.
TALLY: 60 FISH, ALL CAUGHT AND RELEASED
Start Time: 6:30a
End Time: 10:40a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 71F
Water Surface Temp: 83.1F
Wind Speed & Direction: E3-8
Sky Conditions: 100% grey cloud cover with light to moderate rain falling in the last 45 minutes of the trip.
Water Level: 5.36 feet low
GT = 0
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area SH0027C – downrigging for white bass
**Area SH0028C to SH0029C to SH0025C – downrigging for white bass
**Area SH0001C to SH0030C – downrigging for white bass
**Area 1995 – downrigging for white bass
**Area 1310 to SH0018C to 1977 – downrigging until white bass were found, then tailspinner to capitalize on them
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
254.368.7411 (call or text)