WHO I FISHED WITH: This morning, Tuesday, October 12, I fished with returning guests Brian Parker and Lucindy Packer, accompanied by first-time guests Mike and Kay Rush, Brian’s sister and brother-in-law, all from out west of the Waco area.
Despite the wind and rain, these hearty souls landed 138 fish during their 4-hour trip. This was our 8th consecutive trip tallying 100 or more fish, thanks to cooling of the reservoir, leading to a breakdown of the thermocline.
My next three openings will be on 9, 17, and 30 November. Weekday mornings are always best.
PHOTO CAPTION: From left: Mike and Kay Rush, Lucindy Packer, and Brian Parker, all with double fistfuls of fish taken vertically on MAL Heavy Lures (silver blade, white tail) under heavily overcast/light rain conditions on stiff SE wind.
WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton
WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday (AM), 12 October 2021
HOW WE FISHED:
I’ve now had eight consecutive trips with over 100 fish caught.
The 180-degree change in wind and weather in such a short time (since yesterday’s cold-front conditions) definitely impacted fish location and behavior this morning.
Areas which had been producing consistently over the past three weeks offered slim pickings this morning, forcing me to find fish in new locations. Also, despite solid fishing using horizontal tactics all summer and up through yesterday morning, the fish this morning wanted only a vertical presentation. Of the 138 fish we landed, only 6 came on the attempts we made at fishing the sawtooth method.
I also noted that the fish that made up our catch this morning were, on average, smaller than on any of my previous seven trips made since turnover.
We fished five locations this morning, all in 28 to 36 feet of water. We sampled several other locations which held fish, but found those fish disinterested, so, instead of wasting time hoping they would turn on, we kept moving and sampling (with lines in the water and Garmin LiveScope playing) until we found cooperative fish. Aggressive fish would actually swim up off bottom to “greet” our lures as they fell. Less aggressive fish would remain on bottom, but follow our lures upwards as we retrieved our MAL Heavy Lures through the water column.
Of the 138 fish landed, 130 were white bass with 2 freshwater drum and 6 juvenile hybrid striped bass in the mix.
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TALLY: 138 fish caught and released
OBSERVATIONS: More teal and coots continue to filter in and, around 8:45, a large flock of migrating laughing gulls numbering about 70 birds flew over the lake from W to E, but passed on.
Start Time: 7:10A
End Time: 11:30A
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 68F
Elevation: 1.16 feet low, 0.02′ fall, 58 CFS flow
Water Surface Temp: 77.0F
Wind Speed & Direction: SE11-16
Sky Condition: Heavy grey skies with scattered, light rain showers all morning
Moon Phase: Waxing crescent moon at 43% illumination.
GT = 100
AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area B0100G – 42 fish under low-light conditions; many suspended smallish fish moving horizontally; all on MAL Heavy Lure (silver blade, white tail) worked vertically
**Area 327/B0003G – 14 fish; all but 4 on MAL Heavy Lure (silver blade, white tail) worked vertically
**Area 1675/1815 – 55 fish; all on MAL Heavy Lure (silver blade, white tail) worked vertically
**Area 409/0148 – 15 fish; all on MAL Heavy Lure (silver blade, white tail) worked vertically
**Area 1678 – 12 fish; all but 2 on MAL Heavy Lure (silver blade, white tail) worked vertically
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Belton Lake Fishing Guide, Stillhouse Hollow Fishing Guide
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