WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Friday morning I fished with father and son team Tom Hefner and Allen Burns. Tom lives locally in the Temple-Belton area and Allen drove in from Cypress, TX, just west of Houston, for a short visit. Tom is now retired, and Allen works as an independent insurance adjuster.
PHOTO CAPTION: From left: Tom Hefner and Allen Burns put a total of 77 fish in the boat this morning.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: White bass
WHERE WE FISHED: Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir
WHEN WE FISHED: 24 May 2019, AM
HOW WE FISHED: Once again tailspinners reigned supreme in the deep and still somewhat murky water which has existed for several weeks now since the most recent round of flooding. The water has a slightly tea-brown or tannic-brown tint to it and, thanks to several days of white-cap producing winds at over 13mph, some silt continues to get stirred up, thus creating some opacity.
With off-colored water, wind, deep water, and cloudy conditions, I feel these tailspinners are producing attractive vibration sensed well by the fishes’ lateral line system, more so than with a non-vibrating slab.
We caught 9 fish up shallow under low-light conditions just after sunrise, then caught the remainder of our fish during two separate visits to the same deep-water area. The first stop there produced about 30 fish until the fish got stubborn and could be seen on sonar, with many loosely schooled individuals suspended up off bottom by as much as 10-12 feet, however, rarely would they chase down a presentation and strike. We moved on to other similar areas, found little, and returned here about 40 minutes later only to enjoy another round of over 30 fish landed. Due to Tom and Allen’s schedule, we headed out around 11:30a and left the fish biting, although the bite was definitely past peak at this point.
OBSERVATIONS: There was noticeable stability in this morning’s conditions in that the wind, although still a bit high, was of a constant velocity. The cloud cover was of a constant a thickness and therefore the light level was stable. The flow from the dam has now been a steady 933 cfs for several days, and we’ve been rain free for just shy of a week. With this improving stability the fishing picked up a bit today. Although I still did not find fish in more than a handful of locations, the fish we found did ramp up, bite steadily for a spell, then ramped down (following a bell-shaped curve as is typically the case). Still no topwater action created by white bass feeding on young of the year shad; shouldn’t be too long before this kicks in.
TALLY: 77 fish caught and released
Start Time: 7:00a
End Time: 11:30a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 78F
Elevation: 8.23 feet high with a 24-hour fall of .08 feet on a flow of 933 cfs
Water Surface Temp: 77.6F
Wind Speed & Direction: SSE14-15 the entire morning
Sky Conditions: Grey skies all morning with “squinting brightness” from sunrise on
GT = 30
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AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area vic 540 – 9 fish shallow
**Area 1063 (fished it twice for ~30 fish each time
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