Area tournament angler and outdoors expert James Millsap, of Belton, said fishing conditions in area lakes have “been very tough.”

Millsap and his brother Steve Millsap, of Killeen, took third place in the Tuesday Night Tournament, which is sponsored each week by Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle.

“It just has been really tough lately,” James Millsap said. “If you can catch three, you have a chance to win the tournament and a lot of people aren’t even catching three right now.”


“That’s the million-dollar question,” said Millsap, with a laugh, on Thursday night. “I really don’t know. I’m out here right now (on Stillhouse Lake) and I’ve been here for 90 minutes and I haven’t gotten a bite.”

Millsap’s advice for novice anglers is to go after white bass.

“Buy some minnows and some worms,” he said. “It’s so slow so you might just want to get yourself a guide and go do some white bass fishing.”

Catfish are plentiful in area lakes, too.

“Last Tuesday night I caught a 20-plus pound yellow catfish,” Millsap said. “For the first 30 seconds it was really exciting until I saw it was a catfish.

“My best guess why things are so tough right now is that it’s a combination of the lake coming up, the pressure, and the boat traffic. When Belton Lake was closed down, all the ski boaters were over here at Stillhouse. Swimmers, too. The fish get spooked more. Too much traffic. But, lately, with school back in session, there should be less traffic on area lakes and I do believe that will help the fishing out quite a bit. Of course some cooler weather would be a big help, too.”

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