Lake Burton Fishing Report – January 2020

GON Staff | December 31, 2019

Burton: Level: 6 feet low. Temp: 49 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Capt. Wes Carlton reports, “The bass bite has been on fire the last week or so. We have been catching a lot of fish on topwater plugs. A Lucky Craft Sammy has been working best reeled with an extremely fast action. We have caught some spotted bass in the 5-lb. range. Look for this bite to transition into a deeper crankbait or spoon bite over the next few weeks as we head into mid January. Look for most of the spots to be on a 30- to 50-foot bottom. They will come up sporadically during the day to feed on the surfacing blueback herring.”

Trout: Capt. Wes Carlton reports, “We have been catching a lot of smaller trout trolling an Ugly Duckling in the 18- to 29-foot depths. The bigger fish seem to be still holding in the creeks over a 10- to 15-foot bottom. Look for these fish to fire up in January. They will show themselves throughout the day feeding on the small herring fry this time of year. Try matching the hatch with small spinner-type baits, like a Rooster Tail or Blue Fox. These fish like a speedy bait and will react to a quick retrieve. The brown trout bite gets better and better throughout January and February.”

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