Lake Burton Fishing Report November 2012

GON Staff | October 31, 2012

Burton: Level: 0.2 feet above full pool. Temp: 65 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Largemouths: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “The largemouths have been holding in the 16-foot range. The fish have been slow at eating swimbaits, but be patient when fishing for these fish, and the results will be good.”

Spotted Bass: Wes reports, “The spots have been holding over deep water lately. Most of the bigger spots we have caught have been over a 40-foot bottom. I look for these fish to rise quickly over the next few days. We should be seeing some surface action real soon, so have a silver Spook, fluke or Sammy handy while out. The fall pattern is typically finding fish over mid-lake humps and points in the 16- to 20-foot depths. We’re not far form this. The jerkbait bite (Spro McStick) will be on. Clear fluorocarbon is essential on these northern clear-water lakes.”

Brown Trout: Wes reports, “The bite has been very consistent. With some bigger fish being caught last week, I am looking for the prespawn bite to be very good this year. Most of the browns have started heading up the lakes toward the creeks. Look for these fish close to the main-lake channels at the mouths of the creeks. Jigging spoons have been working well (white Flex-it). Try positioning the boat directly over or close to these schools, and work the spoon really fast up from the bottom. Trolling crankbaits shallow in the 12-foot depth range will be a good technique for the next couple of weeks. Just remember you can’t go wrong with white baits.”

Walleye: Wes reports, “The walleye are biting fair and should start biting better as we head toward the end of October. Look for these fish in the 16- to 28-foot range. There have been some fish caught over a 50-foot bottom trolling crankbaits. Be sure to slow the trolling speed down a bit (1.8 mph) as we head toward cooler water temperatures. Don’t be surprised if you land bigger fish this coming month. Some of our biggest fish have come in the end of October and November in the last couple of years.”

Yellow Perch: Wes reports, “The bite continues to be great. We have had two days in the last week or two where we have caught more than 60 fish in a five-hour period. Some of these fish are in the 15- to 16-inch range, although most are around 10 inches. We have caught perch on crappie jigs, night crawlers, drop shotting minnows and little spoons. They don’t seem to be very picky. Look for them in the 20-foot water column around grass and brush.”

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