WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Thursday morning, May 27th, I fished with Mr. Eddie Dunn of Troup, TX, and his long-time friend and fellow teacher, coach, and school administrator, Joe Oliver, of Temple, TX. Also accompanying Eddie was his 7-year-old grandson, Briggs Dowdy.
Unfortunately, the low-pressure system that has fueled the uber-successful fishing for the majority of this month passed over us and to our east over night and into the early morning hours, and with that, we experienced a return to more seasonally “normal” fishing.
PHOTO CAPTION: From left: Joe Oliver, Briggs Dowdy (age 7), and Briggs’ grandfather, Eddie Dunn.
WHERE WE FISHED: Belton Lake
WHEN WE FISHED: Thursday (AM), 27 May 2021
HOW WE FISHED:
Instead of an intense, 4-hour long bite which had become the norm of the past 2+ weeks, we experienced so-so fishing for the first several hours of our trip, then were fortunate to be “tipped off” by gulls to the presence of a large, migrating school of white bass which, in our final hour, produced the majority of our catch of 70 fish.
Up until that time, we had some short-lived success right at first light, then hopped around a good bit taking just a handful of fish at each place we went to as the fish (which were present but simply not aggressive) would “flare” up and then settle back down after we caught just 3 or 4 of them.
All of the fish we landed came on the white MAL Heavy.
MAL Lures are found here: https://whitebasstools.com/
Tutorial on how to fish MAL Lures is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDSvfXgrAUE
TALLY: 70 fish caught and released
OBSERVATIONS: A flood-water juggling act continues with Proctor and Belton’s flows being reduced to allow Whitney to begin gushing water into the Brazos. No stained water yet observed.
Start Time: 6:40A
End Time: 10:40A
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 73F
Elevation: 1.25 feet high, no 24-hour change, 1621 CFS flow
Water Surface Temp: 73.4F
Wind Speed & Direction: SE9-12 all morning
Sky Condition: Murky grey for the first 90 minutes, then lightening, but still 100% grey
Moon Phase: Waning gibbous moon at 98% illumination
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area B0094G – this was the only area that really produced more than a few fish for us all morning; fish were loosely schooled, but there were hundreds of fish spread over a wide, open-water area; even these fish were not overly aggressive
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Belton Lake Fishing Guide, Stillhouse Hollow Fishing Guide
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