• October 22, 2014

Outdoor Sports

Gilbert-Thompson earn $4,000 in champions event
Posted: October 22, 2014

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. 

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Contending with cold fronts
Posted: October 19, 2014

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.

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Spooling up for fishing success
Posted: October 12, 2014

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.

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Choosing the right fishing line
Posted: October 05, 2014

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.

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Millsap-Holcomb win Tuesday Night Tournament
Posted: October 02, 2014

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.

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Fishing improves at Belton Lake
Posted: October 02, 2014

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

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Free fishing event honoring soldiers set for Oct. 11
Posted: September 28, 2014

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.

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After lakes ‘turn over,’ expect great fishing in November
Posted: September 21, 2014

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.”

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Area fishing may have turned a corner
Posted: September 18, 2014

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

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Father-son duo win Tuesday Night Tournament
Posted: September 18, 2014

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.

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Blue catfish: Big fish found close to home
Posted: September 14, 2014

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.

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Killeen’s Contreras-Miller win Tuesday Night Tournament
Posted: September 11, 2014

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

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Saltwater transplants: Striped bass in Texas
Posted: September 07, 2014

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.

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Late catch earns Nazario-Reinhardt TNT win
Posted: September 04, 2014

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.

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Granger Lake: Central Texas’ best bet for crappie
Posted: August 31, 2014

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. 

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Fishing conditions ‘very bad’ in area lakes
Posted: August 29, 2014

It was telling that a 5.64-pound bag took first place honors in the Tuesday Night Tournament.

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Gilbert-Thompson almost pull off three-peat in TNT
Posted: August 29, 2014

By ALLAN MANDELL

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No three-peat at TNT
Posted: August 28, 2014

Mitchell Friedman, of Woodway, and Kyle Hogg, of Hewitt, took first place in the Tuesday Night Tournament at Stillhouse Hollow Lake.

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Killeen duo going for third straight win in Stillhouse Tuesday Night Tournament
Posted: August 25, 2014

The Craig Gilbert-Dexter Thompson duo will go after the three-peat tonight at Stillhouse Hollow Lake. 

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Stream flyfishing is not far from Killeen
Posted: August 24, 2014

When you think of classic U.S. flyfishing destinations, places like Montana, Colorado or the Pacific Northwest typically come to mind. Central Texas likely wouldn’t even make the list. But there are ample opportunities to fish with the long rod on flowing waters and in scenic surroundings less than a 90-minute drive from Killeen. 

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Gilbert-Thompson pull off repeat in TNT
Posted: August 22, 2014

They did it again.

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High temperatures keep fishing slow
Posted: August 21, 2014

The best news for area anglers is that August only has 10 more days to go.

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Have bow, will fish
Posted: August 16, 2014

Last Wednesday evening I treated my soon-to-leave-for-college nephew and my brother to an evening of bowfishing on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir. What an exciting and unique experience this was! 

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Wilson-Long finish second in TNT
Posted: August 16, 2014

On Tuesday at Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Mike Wilson and Rich Long took second place in the Tuesday Night Tournament with an 8.47-pound bag.

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