5th SKIFF TRIP OF THE 2021 SEASON – REYNOLDS FAMILY

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Saturday morning, June 13th, I conducted the 2021 season’s 5th SKIFF trip welcoming aboard Maria Reynolds (mom), and two of her three kids, Makenna (age 11), and Bryson (age 8).

The children’s father, Sergeant First Class Brad Reynolds, passed away at age 38 while on active duty at Fort Hood on May 13, 2020.  SFC Reynolds served as an Army aviation helicopter mechanic.

Maria, originally from the Philippines, is a nurse working in the endoscopy department at Advent hospital in Killeeen.

SKIFF is an acronym for Soldiers’ Kids Involved in Fishing Fun. It is a program now in its 12th year, sponsored by the Austin Fly Fishers, and supported by individuals and entities, all of whom desire that kids separated from a parent by that parent’s military duty, be given an opportunity to experience the outdoors through fishing during that time of separation, free of charge.  The program offers a time of respite for the home-front parents who made need a short break from single-parenting.

PHOTO CAPTION: From left: Makenna, Maria, and Bryson Reynolds with a portion of their 64-fish catch taken from Stillhouse Hollow on the morning of June 12, 2021.

PHOTO CAPTION: Makenna landed our largest fish of the trip.  This freshwater drum hustled up off the bottom and grabber her well-presented MAL Heavy Lure in white color.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED: Saturday (AM), 13 June 2021

HOW WE FISHED: Up until this trip’s start time I was only expecting Bryson.  He and his dad used to fish a lot and so, with his 9th birthday coming up this month, his mom arranged this trip for him.  At the last minute his older sister, Makenna, decided she’d go ahead and give it a try, and so that took our party size up to three.

The kids quickly got the hang of working the MAL Lure so as to get the spinner blade working efficiently as we did a “practice round” near the courtesy dock before taking our act out on the road and trying to catch fish.

We fished one general area, making a few short hops to stay up with the fish, from our trip’s start to around 8:55AM when the white bass bite shut down pretty quickly for us.  During this time the kids successfully worked their MAL Heavy Lures vertically to the tune of 51 white bass and 1 freshwater drum taken from out of right around 40 feet of water.  Thanks to pretty grey, murky skies, the bite got off to a slow start, but, by 7:30, it was off to the races for a solid 70+ minutes of catching as fast as the kids’ sore wrists would allow.  A few times I had to change spinning reel handles to the opposite side of the reel so the kids could give their wrists a break.

Just for variety’s sake, we did a bit of downrigging after the white bass shut down.  We picked up one white bass that way and then changed over to sunfishing for the remainder of the morning.

Heading up into flooded brush, we broke out the long poles and presented live bait under floats for bluegill, redear, and longear sunfish.  The kids landed 11 sunfish before Makenna gave out right around 10AM as the hot, humid weather and early wake-up began to take its toll.  Bryson lasted another 10 minutes and we then decided to wrap it up and enjoy a cooling, breezy ride back in to the boat dock.

The kids wound up catching a total of 64 fish.

MAL Lures are found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY: 64 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS:  Lake Belton was still rising.  Today it stood at 9.82 high, with a .10′ 24-hour rise and an outflow of 4,767 CFS.

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time:  6:40A

End Time: 10:20A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 73F

Elevation:  2.92 feet high, -0.09 24-hour change, 783 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 78.9F

Wind Speed & Direction: S4-6

Sky Condition: 100% grey cloud cover all morning

Moon Phase: Waxing crescent at 4% illumination

GT = N/A

Wx SNAPSHOT:

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 103/262/105 – 51 white bass on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area  420/421 – sunfish

 

Bob Maindelle

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) Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

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Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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ZOEY’S SUMMER SUNNIES — 38 FISH

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Thursday evening, June 10th, I fished with 6-year-old Zoey Haberer, accompanied by her grandfather, Steve Niemeier, as we targeted sunfish on Stillhouse Hollow.

 

PHOTO CAPTION:   Zoey Haberer’s catch of 38 fish consisted mainly of sunfish like this redear taken out of ~5 feet of water in a band of bare bottom between the shoreline and a parallel line of near-shore hydrilla growth.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED: Thursday (PM), 09 June 2021

HOW WE FISHED:

With the recent cessation of rains, Stillhouse crested and is now falling slowly from a peak elevation of over 3 feet above full pool.  This has created a unique, and short-lived situation along the shoreline.  Because we are squarely within the growing season for hydrilla, that form of aquatic vegetation is now growing out of portions of the lake bottom which is normally dry land.  It is doing this by spreading toward the shore from the already-established plants out in slightly deeper water.

So, now there is a band of clean bottom located between the shoreline and this new “wall” of hydrilla which will only exist as long as the water is high.  In areas where the bank is more steeply sloped, this “clean bottom” offers an opportunity to present baits to sunfish hiding in the hydrilla and to do so without getting your presentation tangled in weeds.

This is what we focused on this afternoon in an attempt to keep Zoey engaged for her 3.5-hour-long “Kids Fish, Too!” trip.

We looked and tried fishing at a number of areas, finding all of our sunfish success at two of them.  Wherever we could get one sunfish to bite, we were sure to catch more as the sunfish were congregating in distinct areas given the scenario described above.

Using a pole, float, and worms as bait, Zoey landed exactly 35 sunfish including redear, longear, and bluegill sunfish.

With about an hour remaining until sunset, and Zoey having lost interest in any more sunfishing, we tried our luck on twilight white bass.  Unlike Belton, Stillhouse does not often have a strong evening white bass bite.  The main reason we were on Stillhouse is because of the greatly fluctuating conditions over on Lake Belton, which continues to rise, thus making access difficult, and ramp closures being a very real possibility with each day the water rises.

We found a few fish in our last hour, and Zoey reeled in two white bass and a single freshwater drum as we worked MAL Lures vertically in conjunction with Garmin LiveScope.  This brought our final total to 38 fish for the evening.

MAL Lures are found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY: 38 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS:  Lake Belton is still rising.  Today it stood at 9.44 high, with a .18′ 24-hour rise and an outflow of 5,445 CFS.

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time:  4:45P

End Time: 8:25P

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 91F

Elevation:  2.92 feet high, -0.09 24-hour change, 783 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 78.9F

Wind Speed & Direction: S11

Sky Condition: Pale blue sky with no cloud cover

Moon Phase: New moon

GT = 55

Wx SNAPSHOT:

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area SH0047G – 12 sunfish

**Area  SH0046G – 23 sunfish

**Area vic 108 – 2 white bass, 1 drum on MAL Heavy (white) 

 

 

Bob Maindelle

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) Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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JUST FOR HIS WIFE’S BIRTHDAY — 143 FISH

WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, Thursday, June 10th, I fished with Danny and Kitty Brin who drove in from Terrell, TX, to fish with me.

Danny and Kitty will celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary later this year, but, this trip was in celebration of Kitty’s June birthday.

Danny runs a chemical supply company catering to the fuel distribution and institutional markets, and Kitty is a long-time employee of Nucor Steel.

In case you may be thinking of traveling in to fish with me, I always recommend staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Salado or the LaQuinta in Belton as the Brins did.  I’ve had many clients stay at both of these properties through the years and none have ever been dissatisfied.

 

PHOTO CAPTION:  Danny and Kitty Brin of Terrell, TX, traveled down in celebration of Kitty’s birthday to fish with me this morning on Stillhouse Hollow.  The couple caught and released 143 white bass using white MAL Heavy Lures.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED: Thursday (AM), 09 June 2021

HOW WE FISHED:

This was a really great trip today.  The Brins have their own boat and routinely fish on Lake Tawakoni which is just 15-20 minutes from their home.  Although as a fishing guide, I enjoy coaching and teaching beginners how to be successful, it is always nice to have more experienced anglers like the Brins aboard and not have to repeatedly focus on fundamentals.

Today, I essentially just drove us to the fish and then took fish off the hook for Danny and Kitty as they did all the rest by themselves using Garmin LiveScope and the white MAL Heavy Lure.

Once Kitty got the hang of the retrieve, she was off to the races.  Danny had an instinctive hooksetting reflex which he got a grip on after losing his first three fish, and, once that was tamed, he just kept stacking and whacking fish all morning.

We made only four stops this morning, finding solid action at three of them.  Our first stop gave up 80 fish, our second stop produced 30 fish, our third stop chipped in one fish, and our fourth and final stop took our final tally to 143 fish with 32 fish landed there.

All but three of our fish were taken on the white MAL Heavy Lure.  Those other three we caught at the very end of the trip as the fishing was coming apart quickly.  Mainly to satisfy Kitty’s curiosity about my downriggers, I set up a single ‘rigger with a three-armed umbrella rig and, after about three minutes of maneuvering over the fish we’d just been fishing vertically for, the rod went off and Kitty reeled in a triple — one fish on each of the 3 lures on the 3-armed umbrella rig.

After dining at the Stagecoach Inn last evening, I suggested the Brins head to either Johnny’s or The Shed since they planned to stay local and take in Salado’s shops following our morning on the water.

MAL Lures are found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY: 143 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS:  Lake Belton is still rising.  Today it stood at 9.44 high, with a .18′ 24-hour rise and an outflow of 5,445 CFS.

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time:  6:40A

End Time: 10:50A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 76F

Elevation:  2.92 feet high, -0.09 24-hour change, 783 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 78.9F

Wind Speed & Direction: S4-12

Sky Condition: 100% grey cloud cover all morning

Moon Phase: New moon

GT = 40

Wx SNAPSHOT:

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 006 – 80 white bass on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area vic SH0045G/1150 – 30 white bass on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area vic 108 – 29 white bass on MAL Heavy (white), then 3 more on 3-armed umbrella rig

 

 

Bob Maindelle

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) Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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SUMMER VISIT TO GRANDPA’S — 82 FISH

WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, Wednesday, June 9th, I fished on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir with Miss Finley Zwern.  Finley is on her annual summer visit with her grandparents who live north of Austin.  Accompanying Finley today as non-fishing chaperones were her grandfather, Larry Brewer, and her uncle, Blake Hoekstra.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Larry Brewer brought his granddaughter, Finley Zwern, out on a multi-species fishing trip during her annual summer visit with him and his wife.  Also planned this week for Finley is “craft day” and a visit to the Vintage Market Days at the HEB Center north of Austin.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED: Wednesday (AM), 09 June 2021

HOW WE FISHED:

Finley is just shy of 9 years of age and fished with me last summer.  She did well then and so I had a pretty good idea of her abilities and how long she’d stay interested in a particular presentation.

I came prepared this morning to fish for white bass both vertically and with downriggers, and to fish for sunfish, as well.  Over our 3.5 hours (the normal duration for a Kids Fish, Too! package trip just for kids), we employed all of these tactics.

We started off the morning finding well-schooled white bass in ~42 feet of water and fishing atop them vertically using a white MAL Heavy Lure.  Given the grey skies and gentle breezes, the fishing conditions were great.

We sat on that first school of fish for right at 1.5 hours and caught them until Finley’s wrists were too tired to reel in any more.  When holding the rod and reel got uncomfortable, I placed it in the downrigger’s rod holder for support, but, eventually, even that didn’t help.  By this time, we had landed exactly 35 white bass.  As much as I hated to do it, we left those fish still biting to go pursue sunfish up shallow so as to introduce the variety a kid her age requires.

We moved into some flooded cover (wood, rock, and weed) and did well on sunfish, landing a total of 25 sunfish, including both bluegill and redears (but no greens for longears).  It didn’t take quite so long for this second method to lose its appeal, and we wound up moving after about a 45 minute stay on the sunfish grounds.

We wrapped up our trip shooting for doubles and triples using a 3-armed umbrella rig targeting white bass on downriggers.  We found white bass in about 30 feet of water this go-round, and got a triple on one rod and a double on the other right off the bat.  We continued for a few more passes, catching additional singles and one final triple for a total of 12 white bass on the downriggers before I suggested to Finley that we could put more fish in the boat in our closing few minutes by switching back to the MAL Lure used vertically.

Since she knows her siblings (younger sister and older brother) are going to want to compare total fish caught after they come out with me later in the summer, Finley thought she’d better “run up the numbers” while she had the chance.  We wound up landing a final 10 more white bass on the MAL Heavy before calling it a great morning with 82 fish landed.

MAL Lures are found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY: 82 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS:  Lake Belton is still rising.  Today it stood at 9.26 high, with a .37′ 24-hour rise and an outflow of 5,440 CFS.

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time:  6:40A

End Time: 10:10A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 76F

Elevation:  3.02 feet high, -0.02 24-hour change, 783 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 77.9F

Wind Speed & Direction: S4-9

Sky Condition: 100% grey cloud cover all morning

Moon Phase: Waning crescent; 1% illumination (new moon tomorrow)

GT = 55

Wx SNAPSHOT:

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 006 – 35 white bass on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area SH0046G – 25 sunfish on pole/float with bait

**Area 996 to SH0024G – 12 white bass on downrigged 3-armed umbrella rig with Pet/spin combo; then 10 more whites on MAL Heavy (white) after we Spot-Locked on the center of mass of the population of white  bass we’d been downrigging over

 

 

Bob Maindelle

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) Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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MORE MATURE NOW – 63 FISH

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Saturday morning, June 5th, I fished with returning guests from the north Austin area who preferred not to be named/seen on social media.  This dad and his three kids, an 8-year-old daughter, and twin 5-year-old sons, have been out with me for several years now.

 

downrigging with spinners

PHOTO CAPTION:  Given the fish-attracting power of the MAL Lure, which is a form of inline spinner, I have begun experimenting with several light, low-drag inline Mepps spinners, incorporating them into my downrigging setup.  This proved successful for the first time this morning.  Small presentations are key when white bass begin keying on young-of-the-year shad.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED: Saturday (AM), 05 June 2021

HOW WE FISHED:

One of the keys to successfully fishing with kids aboard is ensuring that I offer variety.  Even on a highly productive day, if young kids (under age 9ish) have to do the same thing in order to be successful, they will grow disinterested even while enjoying success.

So, today I planned and prepared for three separate approaches for by 5 and 8 year old anglers.  I came ready for vertical work with MAL Lures enhanced by Garmin LiveScope, I came ready for downrigging, and I came ready for fishing up shallow for sunfish.

With the rising water, the USACE opening the floodgates slightly (724 CFS), and the water warming, I felt we’d do best on the vertical work with the MAL Lures, so, that is what we started the day with and put the most time into.

We fished just two areas, and landed 41 legal white bass up to 13.5 inches using the MAL Lures.  Because the kids are more mature now and have been with me before, thus gaining an early exposure to spinning gear for the past several years, they did much better than average.  As it does with anglers of all ages, the Garmin LiveScope really helped keep the kids focused and engaged longer than without it.

When the novelty had worn off on the vertical work, I was headed up shallow to target sunfish when, along the way, I spotted some light topwater action on the barely rippled surface.  White bass were forcing shad to the surface and feeding on them there.  The ideal approach would have been to cast topwater baits to these fish, but the kids did not have the ability to do so.  Instead, we opened up the downrigging chapter of our morning and worked for another 10 white bass including a triple, three doubles, and a single.

With about thirty minutes left to go, we headed up shallow and worked long poles with fixed-length lines using floats and live bait targeting sunfish.  We landed a combination of 12 bluegill, longear, and redear sunfish.

When the talk turned exclusively to Chick-fil-A, dad and I knew it was time to head in.

MAL Lures are found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY: 63 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS:   First summertime topwater sighted today; USACE opened gates allowing a 724 CFS flow.

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time:  6:45A

End Time: 10:25A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 70F

Elevation:  3.16 feet high, +0.18 24-hour change, 724 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 76.1F

Wind Speed & Direction: SE2-4

Sky Condition: 100% grey cloud cover all morning

Moon Phase: Waning crescent; 21% illumination

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT:

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area SH0110C – 16 white bass on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area vic 718 – 25 white bass on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area SH0021G/SH0024- 10 white bass on downrigged 3-armed umbrella rig with Pet/spin combo

**Area 422 – 12 sunfish

 

 

Bob Maindelle

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) Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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AN IRONIC FIRST FISH – 118 FISH

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Thursday morning, June 3rd, I fished with Cliff Brown, former owner of Texas Boat World, his son-in-law, Cory Gates, and three of Cliff’s grandkids, including Isaiah Brooks (age 14), Michael Edmondson (age 13), and Caleb Gates (age 6).

Cory is on active duty with the U.S. Army where he just commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Chemical Corps after going through the “Green to Gold” program wherein enlisted personnel can earn a commission as an officer.

Here’s the ironic part: Cory had never caught a fish before in his life.  The first fish he landed today was a white bass.  Yet, Cory grew up in Carthage, TX, which is world-renowned for its Sabine River white bass fishery with tens of thousands of quality white bass coming up out of Toledo Bend Reservoir and passing right near his hometown every spring.  Hey, better late than never!!

Texas Boat World

 

PHOTO CAPTION: From left: Cliff Brown, Michael Edmondson, Caleb Gates, Isaiah Brooks, and Cory Gates.  This 5-man crew put together a 118 fish catch in just under 4 hours this past Thursday on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED: Thursday (AM), 03 June 2021

HOW WE FISHED:

The weather was a bit more turbulent this morning than it was the past two mornings on Stillhouse, and, as a result, the fish were a bit more tentative.

We had rain-free conditions with heavy grey cloud cover and light winds right up until 10:40AM when nearby thunder and lighting drove us off the water about 10 minutes earlier than we would have otherwise departed.

Fishing was pretty straightforward once again this morning with fish found in 30-40 feet of water and  throughout the lower third of the water column with most fish originally found on bottom, then rising up off bottom as we created commotion and stirred their interest.

We fished four areas successfully this morning, with 100% of our fish accounted for on the white MAL Heavy lure fished vertically and in conjunction with Garmin LiveScope.

Although the water temperature is solidly in the mid-seventies now and although we had fairly light winds and solid grey cloud cover, I could not see any surface activity which led us to catch fish this morning, although that time is, no doubt, drawing near.  Perhaps the overnight low of 63F was the cause.

We finished up this morning with exactly 118 fish caught and released in just under 4 hours of effort.

MAL Lures are found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY: 118 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS:   No topwater action observed, despite conditions which typically produce it.

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time:  6:50A

End Time: 10:40A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 63F

Elevation:  2.15 feet high, +0.35 24-hour change, 1 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 76.2F

Wind Speed & Direction: SE2-4

Sky Condition: 100% grey cloud cover all morning

Moon Phase: Waning crescent; 38% illumination

GT = 10

Wx SNAPSHOT:

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 1312 – all fish on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area 1496 – all fish on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area vic 544 – all fish on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area SH0045G – all fish on MAL Heavy (white)

 

 

Bob Maindelle

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) Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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SCHOOL’S OUT; FISHING’S IN! – 209 FISH

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Wednesday morning, June 2nd, I fished with returning guests John Shotwell and Bob Shea, joined by first-time guest, John’s son, Thomas.  Bob is John’s father-in-law and Thomas’ grandfather, whom he calls “Opa”.

John’s wife, Jenny Shotwell, presented him with a fishing gift certificate for Fathers’ Day 2020, and, after being plagued with weather and scheduling issues several times, we finally got in a full 4-hours of rain-free weather and did well on the fishing.

John is a public school teacher in the Copperas Cove School District which finished up their 2020-2021 year last week.  With no summer school teaching plans, his schedule was freed up to do some weekday fishing.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: From left: John Shotwell, Bob “Opa” Shea, and Thomas Shotwell with a portion of their 209 fish catch from this past Wednesday morning, June 2nd.

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED: Wednesday (AM), 02 June 2021

HOW WE FISHED:

As June arrived and the rains keep falling, it looks as though access to Lake Belton is going to be limited going forward, so, planning ahead, I’ve begun conducting my guided trips on Stillhouse Hollow, instead.

Over the course of a normal year, I run about a 40/60 Stillhouse/Belton split, with most of my attention focused on Stillhouse from mid-December to late-March, and then again in the summer once the thermocline develops, and up until solid topwater action materializes on Belton (if it ever does!).

So, I’m getting a tad earlier start now this year.  Yesterday’s 2-man trip yielded 109 fish, and this morning I was able to build on what I’d observed and learned to put my 3-man crew onto a 209 fish catch today.

Despite nearly calm conditions, the thin grey cloud cover which crept in from the SW just after sunrise, coupled with just a ripple on the water from the west was enough to get the white bass feeding this morning.

We used sonar to find the fish, Minn Kota Spot-Lock technology to hover over the fish, and Garmin LiveScope to track both the fish and the path of our MAL Heavy lures to connect again and again and again over the course of the morning.  As was the case the day before, the bite softened in the fourth hour.  However, learning from the day before in which I spent about an hour up shallow with minimal results early on in the trip, this morning’s first hour I invested in deeper water with a good result — we landed our 100th fish by 8:03AM.

MAL Lures are found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY: 209 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS:   Proctor is 11.5 feet high with 2900CFS flow, Belton is 7.2 feet high with no release, and Stillhouse is 2.15 feet high with no release.

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time:  7A

End Time: 11A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 68F

Elevation:  2.15 feet high, +0.31 24-hour change, 202 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 75.7F

Wind Speed & Direction: W0-2

Sky Condition: 100% grey cloud cover all morning, save the first 20 minutes

Moon Phase: Last quarter; 48% illumination

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT:

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area 0299 – 131 fish on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area SH0011C – count to 150 on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area 549/798 – count to 196 on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area 108 – count to 205 on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area 1984 – count to 209 on MAL Heavy (white)

 

 

Bob Maindelle

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) Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

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FLOOD WATER JUGGLING ACT — 109 FISH @ STILLHOUSE

WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Tuesday morning, June 1st, I fished with father-and-son team Curt and Ryan Sullenberger.  Ryan teaches Bible and honors courses at Lipscomb University, a private Christian 4-year school in Nashville, TN.  He and his family came to Texas to visit his parents who live on a farm between Cameron and Rosebud, Texas.

 

PHOTO CAPTION: Just look at that fish! A picture is worth a thousand words.

 

WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir

WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday (AM), 01 June 2021

HOW WE FISHED:

With Belton Lake at nearly 7 feet high and rising, and with Lake Proctor (upstream of Belton, also on the Leon River) nearly 12 feet high, there is a lot of water yet to be released into Belton.  However, with a more critical need to release water from Lake Granbury, Lake Belton’s outflow is fairly low, meaning the water is accumulating in Lake Belton for the time being, and with forecasts for more rain.  Out of concern that Lake Belton may have limited/no access soon based on past experience, I turned my attention to Stillhouse, just in case.

Stillhouse has its own issues related to the influx of new water, but, thus far, has not experienced muddy water which is a big plus in targeting white bass.

We got out there this morning and just went to work with sonar looking for signs of life along the bottom and managed, several times, to find exactly what we were looking for.  With the water squarely in the mid-70’s now, the white bass will typically chase and eat anything that comes close to them, so, the real challenge was in the finding, not the tempting, of these fish.

Although we searched (many) other areas, we did all of our catching at two areas, both in ~40 feet of water, and both on a gentle slope near the river channel.

I looked up shallow during our first hour, but we only landed two yearling fish on bladebaits doing so.

All of our catching took place between 7:50 and 10:15. The MAL Heavy in white was just more than the fish could stand this morning.  If that bait came within six or seven feet of a white bass, that white bass was going to attack it.

By 10:15 the fish had all but shut down.  I switched over to downrigging to try to strain a few still-active fish from out of the disinterested majority, and we managed one final white bass doing that, taking our final tally to 109 fish.

MAL Lures are found here: https://whitebasstools.com/

TALLY: 109 fish caught and released

OBSERVATIONS:   Proctor is 10+ feet high with 2828CFS flow, Belton is 6.8 feet high with no release, and Stillhouse is 2.15 feet high with no release

TODAY’S CONDITIONS/NOTES:

Start Time:  6:45A

End Time: 11A

Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 68F

Elevation:  2.09 feet high, +0.31 24-hour change, 202 CFS flow

Water Surface Temp: 75.7F

Wind Speed & Direction: NNW2-4 at trip’s start, shifting and increasing to NNW6-8 by trip’s end

Sky Condition: 100% grey cloud cover all morning

Moon Phase: Waning gibbous; 58% illumination

GT = 0

Wx SNAPSHOT:

 

AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:

**Area  1984 – 49 fish on MAL Heavy (white)

**Area 0183/SH0011C – final tally to 109 on MAL Heavy (white)

 

 

Bob Maindelle

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) Website: www.HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

E-mail: Bob@HoldingTheLineGuideService.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/bobmaindelle

Twitter: www.twitter.com/bobmaindelle

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