Lake Burton Fishing Report December 2011
Burton: Level: 9 feet below full pool. Temp: 55 degrees. Clarity: Clear.
Largemouths: Good. Tyler Clore, with Georgia Lake Fishing, reports, “The largemouths are staying in 12 to 20 feet of water in heavy cover. Throw a Stacy 90 over these fish, and if you get no takers, use a very slow retrieve on a Fish Head Spin with a Super Fluke body. You can still catch some fish in the backs of the creeks on a white B2 buzzbait.”
Spotted Bass: Great. Tyler reports, “The spotted bass have been on fire. You will see some fish up schooling. On our trips we have had really good luck throwing a herring-patterned jerkbait such as a McStick in the schooling fish and across windy points and humps. A white, double-willowleaf spinnerbait has also been working on windy, secondary points in the creeks. If this bite dies when the sun gets high, use a shaky head with a green-pumpkinseed finesse worm around the docks on light line.”
Trout: Great. Tyler reports, “If you want to catch trout, now is the time to take a trip to Burton. These fish are all over the lake. During our trips, we have been catching great quality fish on points and humps near the dam. We have been catching large numbers of smaller fish on small crankbaits such as Rapala Countdowns in the backs of all the creeks. Make sure your drag is set, because there are big fish mixed in with the smaller ones.” Capt. Wes Carlton reports, “The trout are all over the lake with the biggest schools being in the backs of creeks. We have been catching the bigger fish on black Mepps and Blue Fox spinners. Some of these fish have been heavy, with a few being in the 4- to 5-lb. range. Look for these fish to move out toward the mouths of the creeks as the water temps drop. The bite will be good in the 12- to 18-foot range over the next couple of weeks.”
Walleye: Fair. Wes reports, “The walleye bite has been decent. Try fishing mid-lake humps that fall quickly. We have been using a 3/8-oz. jig head with a chartreuse/clear grub. Be patient. These fish are slow to take the bait but put up a good fight once they realize they’re hooked.”
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