Lake Burton Fishing Report August 2014

GON Staff | July 31, 2014

Burton: Level: Full pool. Temp: 80 degrees. Clarity: Slight stain.

Bass: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “The majority of the bass are out over deep water 30 to 60 feet. Most of these fish are suspending near or close to structure. We have been catching these fish drop-shotting green Robo Worms. We have also been using a Super Spin in 1/2-oz. white head tipped with a white Zoom Fluke Jr. Try working this bait on steep ledges where the fish can access deep water quickly. Try working the Super Spin in 26 to 40 feet of water. Look for this bite to continue throughout the next few weeks.”

Brown Trout: “The brown trout bite has really picked up,” Wes said. “The majority of the trout population has moved over the southern portions of Lake Burton. The fish can be found on a 38-foot bottom and a 60-foot bottom. The key to catching these trout is locating them on the fish finder. Spend some time scanning for them before trying to catch them. This will eliminate cold, blind fishing. Try trolling white spoons or herring-colored crankbaits in the 20-foot depth range. Monitoring boat speed is essential this time of year. We try to maintain a speed of 2.8 mph, making several passes in the areas where the fish are located. Medium crappie minnows and nightcrawlers work well this time of year. There are a lot of younger fish surfacing in the mornings eating small blueback herring fry. Cast a small gold Little Cleo spoon at these fish. Look for the trout to remain over deep water the next couple of weeks.”

Yellow Perch: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “The yellow perch are on their annual migration from the shallows to deeper water. Look for these fish in and around grass from 16 to 20 feet deep. We have been drop-shotting small Robo Worms for these fish. The last few trips have been very productive. We have been averaging around 80 fish per trip, with some of these tipping the scales at 1 1/2 pounds.”

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