Lake Burton Fishing Report
Water Temp 80 deg
Clarity: slight stain
Level: full pool
Lake Burton is slowly starting to stratify. The oxygen content at shallow depths is very low forcing most of the cool water fish to move out over the main lake channel in deep water. The thermocline seems to be setting up in about 16 to 19ft of water right now. This causes the fish to go very deep for a week or so until a solid summer thermocline is established.
The Brown Trout bite has really picked up. The majority of the trout population have moved over the southern portions of Lake Burton. The fish can be found on a 38ft bottom and an 60ft bottom. The key to catching these trout is locating them on the fish finder. Spend some time scanning for them before trying to catch them! This will eliminate ” cold blind fishing”. Try trolling white spoons or Herring color cranks baits in the 20 ft depth range. Monitoring boat speed is essential this time of year. We try to maintain a speed of 2.8 mph making several passes the in the areas where the fish are located. Medium Crappie minnows and night crawlers work well this time of year. There are a lot of younger fish surfacing in the mornings eating small Blue Back Herring Fry. Cast a small gold Little Cleo spoon at these fish. Look for the trout to remain over deep water the next couple of weeks.
The majority of the bass are out over deep water 30 to 60 ft. Most of these fish are suspending near or close to structure. We have been catching these fish drop shooting (green Robo Worms). We have also been using a Super Fish (Super Spin in 1/2 oz white head) tipped with a white Zoom fluke Jr. Try working this bait on steep ledges where the fish can access deep water quickly. Try working the Super Spin in the 26 to 40 ft of water. This is a very effective way to catch a nice Large Mouth or Spotted Bass this time of year. Look for this bite to continue throughout the next few weeks.
The Yellow Perch are on their annual migration from the shallows to deeper water. Look for these fish in and around grass from 16 to 20ft deep. We have been drop shooting small Robo Worms for these fish. The last few trips have been very productive. We have been averaging around 80 fish per trip with some of these tipping the scales at 1 1/2lbs.
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