Lake Burton Fishing Report – December 2009

GON Staff | November 25, 2009

Burton: Level: 0.8 feet below full pool. Temp: 59 degrees. Clarity: Slight stain; a little trash on the water from rains.

Spotted Bass: Very good. “The spots are hungry,” said Wes Carlton. “They’ll eat anything you put on them.” Wes said the fish are in the backs of mid-lake creeks and pockets in 12 to 19 feet of water, and they’re pulling up in the mornings to feed. Green-pumpkin Senkos and Ugly Duckling jerkbaits in black/silver are both good choices. Wes said the fish are good ones, with an average of about 3 1/2 pounds.

Largemouths: Good. Wes said the largemouths are bunching up around mid-lake humps in 15 to 21 feet of water, and they are big. He’s caught a bunch of good fish, including a 9 pounder over the last few weeks. He’s getting them on live, downlined bluebacks. As the water cools, a Sebile swimbait will start to catch them, he said.

Very good. The trout are starting to move up into the creeks and rivers to spawn, and there has been some afternoon surface feeding going on. Wes said DNR did a good job disbursing the stocked trout this year, and they can be found in Dicks Creek, Timpson Creek and at the Highway 76 bridge. Throw a No. 5 Countdown Rapala. Silver/black has been catching the rainbows. The rainbow-trout pattern has been catching the browns.

Hybrids: Decent. The hybrid bite has slowed some since the last report, but Wes said he is still catching a few in 20 to 30 feet around main-lake humps. Fish a trout-pattern swimbait — a Sebile or a Tim Farley — and fish it right on the bottom. A Fish Head Spin trailered with a soft-plastic swimbait will also work.

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