WHO I FISHED WITH: This past Tuesday morning, January 15th, I fished with long-time friend Bill Pasko on Lake Belton. Bill is a great multi-species fisherman originally from upstate New York, on the shores of Lake Ontario. After a short stint as a U.S. Army Infantry officer in Vietnam, Bill worked through age 55 putting his chemistry background to work for him and others. He’s now retired and fishes nearly as much as I do!!
The main focus today was to introduce Bill to many of the capabilities of the Garmin LIveScope technology. It also served as a scouting opportunity for me, as I’d not fished Belton since 04 Jan. when the lake flooded once again. Bill called me the day before after seeing my 11 Jan. 2019 post comparing the spread diameter of two kinds of cast nets at depth. His curiosity was piqued and so, off we went this morning in search of fish.
Long-time Lake Belton multi-species angler Bill Pasko with a pair of hybrid we caught over 50′ of water. These fish were suspended and on the move, but readily identified using the Garmin LiveScope technology. We used soft plastics on jigheads to seal the deal.
WHAT WE FISHED FOR: This trip focused on white bass.
WHERE WE FISHED: Lake Belton
WHEN WE FISHED: Tuesday, January 15th, 2019
HOW WE FISHED: Today’s fishing was focused around the 34-37 foot mark and involved both snap-jigging with slabs for fish we saw on bottom and sniping with soft plastics on jigheads for fish which were suspended. The deeper the water, the better the fish responded to the thumper. The fish activity correlated with windspeed.
TALLY: 60 fish caught and released
Start Time: 7:30a
End Time: 11:30a
Air Temp. @ Trip’s Start: 42F
Water Surface Temp: 49.9 – 51.5F
Wind Speed & Direction: Winds were calm through about 9:30, then blew SSE6 for the remainder of the trip.
Sky Conditions: 100% coverage of light grey clouds
Water Level: 10.75′ high with 24-hour drop of 0.21 feet; slowly falling water flowing @ 2,984 CFS
GT = 0
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AREAS FISHED WITH SUCCESS:
**Area vic B0107C – snap jigging
**Area vic B0110C – snap jigging
**Area B0117C to B0111C – slow smoking/sniping under minimal bird activity
**Area B0129C – sniping for suspended “thumped” fish
**Area 1291 – deep, slow smoking for “thumped” fish in 50′
Bob Maindelle, Belton Lake Fishing Guide
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)