WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning I fished with Jay Campbell and his just-turned-six-year-old grandson, Connor Campbell, both from Waco, TX. Jay is a retired physician who made valiant attempts to juggle Connor’s many summertime activities to work this trip in before the next school year begins. The two came in the night before and lodged in Salado so as to make shorter the drive and longer the night’s sleep before embarking on this morning’s trip.
PHOTO CAPTION: Jay Campbell and his grandson, Connor, with a pair of white bass landed in addition to several dozen sunfish on a cloudy early July morning on Stillhouse.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: Multi-species on a “Kids Fish, Too!”-style trip
WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir
WHEN WE FISHED: 03 July 2019, AM
HOW WE FISHED: The on-again, off-again light situation caused by fast-moving clouds and easterly component to the wind seemed to dampen white bass enthusiasm a bit this morning. We found fish on sonar, but only drew attention from a fraction of those we saw. I dared not push the window on patience too long or too often with a 6-year-old aboard, so, if the white bass did not cooperate rather quickly, we turned to “instant gratification” fishing for sunfish up in shallow water. As it turned out, we landed one white bass on our first round of downrigging, then went up shallow to catch sunfish, then hit another area with the downriggers where we managed a double, then rounded the trip off with a final bout of sunfishing.
In all, Connor landed 3 white bass and 47 sunfish, for a total of 50 fish by 10 a.m..
TALLY: 50 fish caught and released
OBSERVATIONS: Once again, still no organized topwater action observed on Stillhouse.
Start Time: 6:30a
End Time: 10:00a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 74F
Elevation: 0.37 feet high, 0.08′ 24-hour drop, 387 cfs flow
Water Surface Temp: 82.5F
Wind Speed & Direction: SE9 the entire trip
Sky Conditions: Highly variable light situation this morning with fast moving, large patches of high clouds obscuring the sun, then passing and allowing for full shine.
GT = 55
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AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area SH0121C and SH0043C produced sunfish well
**Area vic 1242 and vic 868 held fish but activity was pretty subdued
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