Lake Burton Fishing Report October 2013

GON Staff | September 25, 2013

Burton: Level: Full pool. Temp: 75 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “The largemouth bite has been an early morning bite. Try using a Super Spook or a small prop bait. There have not been many of these fish biting, but the ones that have are big! Spotted bass are schooled up great with hundreds of small yearlings on the main-lake points. I have seen more schools of spots on Lake Burton than in prior years. Let’s hope the blueback population will sustain long enough for these fish to grow up and possibly produce a new state or world record!”

Brown Trout: Wes reports, “The brown trout have started congregating in small groups on the main-lake humps and points. Most of these fish are in 29 to 35 feet of water. We have been catching some really nice fish over the last couple of weeks with a few being in the 7- to 8-lb. range. Try to target rock outcroppings or heavy brush. These fish seem to be feeding on the crawfish in and around this type of structure. Drop shotting small pearl-white flukes or fishing small gold Johnson spoons have been working. The brown trout population seems to be good this year.”

Walleye: Wes reports, “The walleye have been feeding great the last couple of days. Most of these fish are feeding near the surface in 12 feet of water. We have been starting the mornings trolling freelined herring 50 to 100 feet behind the boat. Try keeping your trolling speed around 1 mph and working an area back and forth several times. Sometimes it takes a pass or two before they bite. The size of these fish has been impressive. Those of you who live close to Lanier and Hartwell should be seeing increased numbers of walleye. Shad Raps and small-diving crankbaits trolled at 2 mph have been working well on the bigger lakes. Try targeting a 35- to 50-foot bottom around the timber for these fish. This pattern should hold for the next couple of weeks with the fish feeding better every week as we head toward fall.”

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