Daddy-Daughter Day — 65 Fish on Stillhouse

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Wednesday morning, Nov. 28th, I fished with Mr. John Jonse, accompanied by his daughter, Tiffany Stork.  Tiffany got her dad a Christmas fishing gift certificate around this time last year after her husband’s boss at the time, Mr. Joe Oliver, recommended me (thanks, Joe!!).

We had a great trip thanks in large part to John and Tiffany having such a good attitude about things.  Tiffany mainly wanted her dad to have a good time, and her dad wanted to catch anything but inanimate objects (i.e. sticks, cans, etc.) which had evidently become the norm for him on the infrequent occasions he went fishing.  So, when, in the first 15 minutes of the trip, we landed 9 fish, John got the sneaking suspicion fairly quickly that this wasn’t going to be one of his “average” fishing trips.

We wound up catching a total of 65 fish and had a lot of laughs doing it.  Tiffany sent me a very nice note afterwards expressing how glad she was about being with her dad as he enjoyed something so much.


John Jonse and his daughter, Tiffany Stork, enjoyed some father-daughter time and a 65-fish morning on Stillhouse as John cashed in a fishing gift certificate presented to him last Christmas.


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

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow

WHEN WE FISHED: Wednesday morning,  November 28, 2018

HOW WE FISHED:    With temperatures 20F warmer than yesterday’s start, and with some cloud cover early on, today’s bite got off to a slower start.  Although we did experience the low-light bite right at sunrise, there was then a pretty noticeable lull until around 9:30am.  Things picked up suddenly as the wind began to blow harder.  The fish turned on for about a 40 minute span and then tapered back down.  During this time we caught fish via both smoking and snap-jigging.  When things settled down, we went with a strictly snap-jigging tactic.

OBSERVATIONS:    The timing of this morning’s bite was a bit off from the previous several days, peaking around 9:45am.  No helpful bird action this morning.


TALLY: 65 fish, all caught and released



Start Time: 7:00a

End Time: 10:50a

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start:  50F

Water Surface Temp:  57F

Wind Speed & Direction:  SSW6 increasing to SSW14

Sky Conditions:  ~20% white cloud cover

Water Level: 10.22 feet high and falling by about 0.28 feet daily w/  ~1530 cfs flow from dam

GT = 40

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**Area  vic 1683 – low light bite via smoking and snap-jigging

**Area   vic 745 – snap-jigging

**Area  SH0074C – snap-jigging

**Area  SH0073C – 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


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