• December 20, 2014

Outdoor Sports

BOB MAINDELLE: Anglers can earn awards for exceptional fish

On Dec. 6, I fished with the Glenn clan of Central Texas. Lonnie Glenn and his wife, Linda, treated their grandsons, Joshua and Isaiah Glenn, to a fishing trip in celebration of the boys’ 10th and 11th birthdays, respectively.

Gulls and terns provide clues to fish location

As our Central Texas weather begins to cool each autumn, several species of migratory birds make their way to our area lakes to escape the colder temperatures and freezing water found in more northern latitudes. Observing the behavior of these birds can be the key to locating fish in the fall and winter months.

Want to catch fish? Watch the birds

Don’t put those fishing poles away just yet.

‘Smoking’ is effective technique

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the last in a four-part series on how to vertically jig successfully.

Area expert: November fishing has been ‘excellent’

According to area expert Bob Maindelle, fishing Stillhouse Hollow and Belton Lakes in November, overall, has been “excellent.”

In cold water, go vertical or go fishless

With the arrival of our most severe cold front of the season thus far on Tuesday, our water surface temperatures took a sharp drop from 66-67F to around 62-63F.

Vertical presentations are key now

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a four-part series on how to vertically jig successfully.

Fishing vertically in cold water

This is Part 1 of a 4-part series

The law on the lake

Our two local reservoirs, Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, are overseen by two very different government agencies: The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD, a state agency) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE, a federal agency). The purpose of this week’s column is to help outdoor enthusiasts understand the difference between the two. To help clarify this subject, I interviewed representatives from both agencies: Game Warden Lieutenant Billy Champlin of the TPWD, and Belton/Stillhouse Lake Manager Ronnie Bruggman of USACE.

Gilbert-Thompson earn $4,000 in champions event

Craig Gilbert and Dexter Thompson won the Tuesday Night Tournament Champion of Champions Event on Saturday at Stillhouse Hollow Lake. The two residents of Killeen split a first-place prize of $4,000 with a five-fish, 15.41-pound bag. 

Contending with cold fronts

From now through April, the passage of cold fronts will be a reality for anglers on Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir. Appreciating how cold fronts impact fishing and responding accordingly can keep fish coming over the side of your boat all winter long.

Spooling up for fishing success

I get requests regularly from clients asking to bring their own tackle on guided trips they book with me. Although I encourage them to bring their own tackle along, I know in the back of my mind that I will typically be able to point out a number of reasons why they should strongly consider using my specialized, well-maintained tackle instead.

Choosing the right fishing line

One of the questions most commonly asked by my clients is: “What kind of line do you recommend?” A good answer to that question requires a good understanding of the situation the line will be used in. The purpose of this column is to compare and contrast the four major categories of fishing line available in order to help you think through your own selection process.

Millsap-Holcomb win Tuesday Night Tournament

Steve Millsap, of Killeen, and Glen Holcomb, of Kempner, took first place in the Tuesday Night Tournament at Stillhouse Hollow Lake with a three-fish bag of 10.29 pounds.

Fishing improves at Belton Lake

After a horrible August, fishing is getting better at area lakes, particularly Belton Lake.

Free fishing event honoring soldiers set for Oct. 11

For nine years now, Central Texas businessmen and women, boaters, anglers, active-duty soldiers and military retirees have come together for the annual “Fishing for Freedom” event held on Lake Belton.

After lakes ‘turn over,’ expect great fishing in November

It will be the next big event in Central Texas fishing. It is the annual process of turnover on Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir. Turnover occurs when the warm, oxygen rich upper layer of water (called the epilimnion) begins to cool, and therefore begins to sink. As it sinks, the cooler, oxygen-poor water layer below it (called the hypolimnion) is displaced and forced upwards, hence the name “turnover.”

Area fishing may have turned a corner

Maybe, hopefully, possibly, fishing conditions are finally getting better.

Father-son duo win Tuesday Night Tournament

Lampasas resident Randy Fesler and his 14-year-old-son Ryan captured first place in the Tuesday Night Tournament at Stillhouse Hollow Lake with a three-fish bag of 6.03 pounds.

Blue catfish: Big fish found close to home

This is the last in my six-week series introducing Central Texas anglers to quality fisheries within a 90-minute drive from Killeen. We have some of the best white bass and hybrid striped bass fishing in Central Texas right here on Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, but those looking for more variety in the species they pursue need not drive for hours to find it.

Killeen’s Contreras-Miller win Tuesday Night Tournament

First place and “Big Bass” honors in the Tuesday Night Tournament on Stillhouse Hollow Lake went to

Saltwater transplants: Striped bass in Texas

It is one of the most celebrated fish in New England. It has been named the official “state fish” of New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina. It is the striped bass, and catching one within a 90-minute drive from Killeen is more doable than you may have realized.

Late catch earns Nazario-Reinhardt TNT win

There were 38 anglers, 19 teams, competing in the Tuesday Night Tournament at Stillhouse Hollow Lake. And when the three-hour event ended at 9:15 p.m., the team of Fred Nazario and Ronnie Reinhardt had earned first-place honors with a 5.36-pound bag.

Granger Lake: Central Texas’ best bet for crappie

Over the past several weeks I’ve written about a variety of local waters (within a 90-minute drive), the species in them, the guides who work them and the techniques successfully used on those waters. Today we look at crappie, specifically, white crappie.