WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Monday morning I fished with Keith and Toni Ragsdale who drove up to Belton Lake from the Georgetown area. Keith works as an anesthesiologist as the same hospital where Toni works as a speech therapist.
Last Christmas, Toni’s parents presented the pair with a fishing gift certificate. On the occasion of their 25th wedding anniversary they decided to redeem the certificate. Keith was quick to point out (as if fishing for white bass was not romantic or something!) that the two dates (fishing and anniversary) just happen to coincide and that the couple was going to have dinner together and then leave on a family trip to Disney next week.
Each year as the water gets colder and colder heading toward mid-February, our catch of largemouth bass increases. We landed a number of 4-pound class fish today without targeting them. As usual, the stinger hook prevented loss of these fish during a head-shake at the surface.
Keith took this chunky largemouth from out of 36 feet of water. Immediate release following a photo prevents complications with barotrauma.
Hybrid, smallmouth buffalo, drum, and largemouth aside, we still caught a mess of our target species — the white bass.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This was a multi-species trip focused on white bass.
WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton
WHEN WE FISHED: Monday morning, December 17, 2018
HOW WE FISHED: The fishing was pretty slow through about 8:45, then picked up for a while as the wind began to shift from WNW to SW, then again back to W. Once the winds went westerly, they also lightened up and killed the bite we were on. We moved to an area more wind-impacted and arrived just as some bird action by about 15 terns was getting underway. We remained in that vicinity until noon making a steady catch of multiple species including white bass, hybrid striped bass, largemouth bass, freshwater drum, and one smallmouth buffalofish. Snap-jigging was the way to go for these fairly lethargic fish. There were only one or two occasions all morning where schoolmates chased hooked fish toward the surface as they were being reeled in; we never took a single fish on a smoking or easing tactic.
TALLY: 58 fish, all caught and released
Start Time: 7:00a
End Time: Noon
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 46F
Water Surface Temp: 53.6F
Wind Speed & Direction: WNW12 at trip’s start, shifting suddenly to SW4 around 9:10, then shifting again back to W4 for the remainder of the trip. As I was departing, parts of the lake were going glassy calm.
Sky Conditions: 100% light grey cloud cover
Water Level: 2.66′ high with an overnite fall of 0.24; and a flow of 2,364 cfs
GT = 0
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AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area B0119C – snap-jigging
**Area B0120C – snap-jigging
**Area B0118C – 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)