WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning I fished a multi-species trip with Leon Kyrish’s grandsons, Connor and Will, just about a full year since their first trip to Stillhouse Hollow with me in 2017. The boys reside north of San Antonio and Leon lives near Canyon Lake, north and west of San Antonio. The boys and their grandparents came down early and “staged” at a hotel in Salado to avoid an extra-early morning wake up.
We had to work for our catch today, but the boys stayed enthusiastic the entire morning. We landed a total of 39 fish under cloudless skies with light winds.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass and sunfish.
WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir
WHEN WE FISHED: Friday morning, 17 August 2018
HOW WE FISHED: We fished 4.25 hours this morning, spending all but the time from 9:30 to 10:15 (fishing for sunfish) in pursuit of white bass via downrigging. We covered 4 large,distinct tracts of water, finding fish at just two, and that action was pretty light. We had the brightest skies and lowest wind velocity of any day this week this morning and noted that natural sign was hard to come by. We saw no bait moving, no largemouth schooling, no terns patrolling or diving on bait, and sonar returns were much reduced versus trips earlier this week. We wound up catching 19 white bass, 1 freshwater drum, and 20 sunfish. It was a pretty tough morning.
OBSERVATIONS/NOTES: Light winds, zero cloud cover and minimal natural sign today.
TALLY: 39 fish, all caught and released
Start Time: 6:45a
End Time: 11:00a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 76F
Water Surface Temp: 82.9F
Wind Speed & Direction: No wind for first 90 minutes, then picking up from SSW under 8 for the remainder of the trip.
Sky Conditions: 0% cloud cover
Water Level: 7.31 feet low and falling
GT = 25
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area 201 – sunfish
**Area 1447-495-1970 – white bass via downriggers and tailspinners
Bob Maindelle, Central Texas Fishing Guide
Owner, Holding the Line Guide Service
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