Big catch at Belton Lake

Pat Sprague, 65, of Georgetown, shows a 5¼-pound hybrid striped bass caught at Belton Lake on Tuesday.

Courtesy photo

Fishing in area lakes was rough on Wednesday but Tuesday was plentiful.

“Wednesday’s conditions were bad,” said Bob Maindelle, owner of Holding The Line Guide Service.

“It was a north wind, high pressure, bright skies and cooler conditions. All of those things together turn fish off.”

A client of Maindelle’s boated 31 fish at Belton Lake on Tuesday.

“With warm, south winds, the conditions were great on Tuesday,” Maindelle said.

“Our stringer was anchored by a 3 ¼ and 5 ¼ pound pair of hybrid stripers. The southerly winds, warmer temperatures and moderate atmospheric pressure are three things that work together to get fish in the biting mood.”

Maindelle is optimistic in the days ahead.

“Friday and the first half of Saturday look especially good,” he said. “There will be a warming trend with southerly winds. I believe that anything that swims will be biting then, especially white bass, hybrid striper, largemouth bass and crappie.

“Then, starting with noon on Saturday, we’re expecting low pressure through Sunday with heavy cloud cover and rain accompanied by a north wind. You’d have to expect the fishing to deteriorate as a result.”

You can read Bob Maindelle’s fishing column this Sunday in the Killeen Daily Herald.

Contact Allan Mandell at or 254-501-7566​ and read his blog at

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