• December 5, 2016

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BOB MAINDELLE: Remaining still enhances success in cool water

It happens every year around the end of November and into December — our water temperatures begin to drop and fish go on a feeding spree as temperatures fall into their preferred temperature range.

BOB MAINDELLE: Tandem rigging doubles the catch in cold water

Last week saw the sharpest fall in water surface temperature thus far this autumn.

BOB MAINDELLE: Fish-finding birds are returning south to Central Texas

There is no doubt that this autumn has been slow in coming. Balmy weather, infrequent cold fronts, a lack of frost and water temperatures still in the low 70’s this week all point to an extended fishing season this winter.

BOB MAINDELLE: Belton Lake white bass record lasts just four days

When South Dakota’s Garvon Golden caught the lake-record white bass aboard my boat on Oct. 25, it replaced the catch-and- release category record that had stood since 2009. Golden’s moment of fame would be just that ... momentary.

BOB MAINDELLE: Home Front Fishing organization is way for soldiers to help soldiers

When Sgt. 1st Class Dan Brown, a U.S. Army infantryman with 19 years in the service, lost several of his “battle buddies” to suicide, and saw others struggling to get helpful care through Veterans Affairs as they tried to cope with stress, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress, he began to brainstorm about what solutions he might bring to this problem.

BOB MAINDELLE: Visitor from South Dakota catches lake-record white bass at Belton

While out on Belton Lake fishing with a father-daughter pair two Mondays ago, my cellphone rang. Phil Moore, a Killeen resident for over 30 years, a Vietnam war veteran, and recently retired from his long-time position as the maintenance and facilities manager at Memorial Baptist Church, called to arrange a fishing trip for himself and his brother-in-law, Garvon Golden.

BOB MAINDELLE: Obtaining info on area gamefish is shocking experience

Can you remember when you were a kid and had something so exciting taking place the next day that you had trouble sleeping the night before? Well, at age 47 I had one of those nights earlier this month, all thanks to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

BOB MAINDELLE: Seasonal fish movements now underway at area lakes

The cold front that blew into Central Texas two weeks ago left cool, clear, post-frontal conditions in its wake and triggered the first fish movements of the fall season this week.

BOB MAINDELLE: Fate creates a winning combo at high school bass tourney

Early on Sept. 18, 41 two-person teams from across Central Texas set out on Belton Lake by boat, with each pair of youths accompanied by an adult boat captain.

Cooling weather helping fishing at Stillhouse, Belton

The fish are back.

BOB MAINDELLE: Fishing for Freedom event is a way to say ‘thank you’

It is the most well-attended fishing event in Central Texas each year. It is the annual Fishing for Freedom bass tournament, and it will be taking place Oct. 7-8.

BOB MAINDELLE: Belton Lake yielding hybrids early, catfish late

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of fishing on Belton Lake with two longtime Killeen residents, Payton Duncan and Bob Word.

BOB MAINDELLE: Killeen boy sets junior record at Belton Lake

About two weeks ago, U.S. Army Maj. Marion “Liz” Williams, of Killeen, contacted me with a bit of a dilemma. Her twin 9-year-old boys, Caleb and Tyler Williams, wanted to go fishing, but, as a single mom with limited fishing experience, Liz was not sure if she was up to the challenge.

BOB MAINDELLE: Weather decides whether anglers are successful

Since 1992, I’ve kept a detailed log of every fishing trip I’ve taken on Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir. From this log, clear trends emerge from the data.

BOB MAINDELLE: White bass fishing takes a tern for the better

I consider it an early Christmas present. Three Friday afternoons ago, a cold front blew into Central Texas. In an instant, the skies clouded up, the wind changed directions and the ambient temperature dropped nearly 20 degrees into the high 80s.

BOB MAINDELLE: A variety of fish are biting right now at Belton Lake

Like many local anglers, Steve Niemeier, of Temple, had some reservations about fishing on Belton Lake given recent reports of flooding, closed facilities, turbid water and more. Niemeier sent me a text message on Aug.7 simply asking, “How’s the fishing?”

Nally, Hiltabidel win TNT

Mike Nally and Micheal Hiltabidel won the Tuesday Night Tournament at Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir with a three-fish bag weighing 12.54 pounds. The duo won $840.00.

KISD students can take fishing classes

As the Aug. 22 start of public school within the Killeen Independent School District (KISD) fast approaches, academics aren’t the only classes available to students this year.

BOB MAINDELLE: April strikes it big during August fishing trip

A resident of Killeen for over 20 years, Robert Williamson first came to Killeen while on active duty as a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army in 1995. Shortly thereafter, Williamson transitioned into civilian life, putting his college degree to work for him and gaining a position as an educator in the Killeen Independent School District, where he remains employed to this day.

BOB MAINDELLE: SKIFF, other military programs, help family grieve

In March 2001, Army Pvt. Donald Wilson and his fiancée, Nancy Phimmasone, were married here in Bell County. By 2012, Wilson had risen to the rank of sergeant first class when he died while on active duty, where he served as a fire direction chief in a mortar platoon.

BOB MAINDELLE: Jozy Ramirez — Killeen’s newest angler — catches 35 fish

On July 12, I received an email from Fort Hood SKIES Unlimited program manager Brenda Brown informing me that a Fort Hood family had signed up for a “Fishing 101” guided fishing trip.

BOB MAINDELLE: Escape the ‘spot fisherman’s’ mentality and catch more fish

When it comes right down to it, fish are really not all that difficult to catch. The average freshwater fish’s brain is smaller than a pea, and despite what many may think, they are not capable of plotting against the angler.

BOB MAINDELLE: Preparation is the key to fishing success in summer

The long, hot, sunny days we are now experiencing cause algae to bloom at the lake’s surface. These very small plants serve as the main food source for threadfin shad, so these forage fish are also found at or near the surface dining on algae during daylight hours.

BOB MAINDELLE: Despite flooding, Belton Lake producing record catches

As I write this, Belton Lake stands at 23.47 feet above normal elevation and is still rising by 0.2 to 0.4 feet per day thanks to a heavy, ongoing release of water from Lake Proctor further upstream on the Leon River. Lake Proctor’s release this past week has remained around 7,700 cubic feet per second, whereas Belton’s release this past week has fallen about 2,000 cubic feet per second shy of that, thus resulting in a net gain of water on Belton.