Cookie-Cutter Fishing — 70 Fish on Stillhouse with the Adkins

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Tuesday morning I fished with father and son team Martin and Westin Adkins, originally from the Los Angeles, CA, area.  Martin is retired, owns an RV, and was camping at the Lake Georgetown Corps of Engineers campground at Cedar Breaks Park when the notion struck to go on a fishing trip with his son who flew in for a visit.  They called Monday afternoon and we met up at 7:15am Tuesday morning for a 70 fish outing on Stillhouse Hollow.


Westin Adkins (left) and his father, Martin Adkins, had a 70 fish morning on Stillhouse this past Tuesday.  Fishing is very consistent now thanks to minimal weather fluctuations and stable water temperature.


WHAT WE FISHED FOR:  This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.  We also landed numerous drum and a single channel cat.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday morning,  November 27, 2018

HOW WE FISHED:    We caught fish steadily from 7:15 to 10:30 this this morning with the typical low-light, sunrise spike producing the fastest pace catching of the morning, during which we caught fish both via smoking and then reverted to snap-jigging as the fish settled back.  During the middle hours some scant bird action by gulls was helpful to get “in the neighborhood”; we then relied upon sonar to seal the location deal.  Fish size was a good distribution of 1/2, 1.5, and 2.5 year fish.  The Redneck Fish’n’ Jigs Model 180 slab in 3/8 oz. with Hazy Eye Stinger hook (seen here) is my best producer.

OBSERVATIONS:    Fishing is very consistent now with fish doing the same things in the same places at the same times daily thanks to only minor weather fluctuations.  We are losing as much heat at night as we are gaining during the day, so the water temperature has also stabilized right at 56.5-57.5.


TALLY: 70 fish, all caught and released



Start Time: 7:15a

End Time: 11:30a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 30F

Water Surface Temp: 56.7

Wind Speed & Direction: WSW6-8

Sky Conditions: ~25% white clouds on a blue sky

Water Level: 10.4 feet high and falling by about 0.29 feet daily w/  ~1530cfs flow from dam

GT = 5

#WhiteBassFishing #LakeBelton #StillhouseHollow





**Area  1712/1683 – low light feed right at sunrise; combo of smoking and snap-jigging

**Area  SH0064C – bird assisted; snap-jigging

**Area   SH0072C – bird assisted; snap-jigging


Bob Maindelle, Belton Lake Fishing Guide

Full-time, Professional Fishing Guide and Owner of Holding the Line Guide Service

Belton Lake Fishing Guide, Stillhouse Hollow Fishing Guide


254.368.7411 (call or text)




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