Lake Burton Fishing Report February 2018

Burton: Level: 9 feet below full pool. Temp: 43 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “Most of the bass are in a winter pattern. We have been having success in the backs of creeks on ditch lines. Try throwing a 3/8-oz. BBH Super Spin tipped with a Zoom albino Super Fluke. We have been casting in the 18- to 27-foot depths around rocky bottoms. Work this bait, letting it fall off of the ledges. Using a little lighter line this time of year seems to help. This pattern should continue for the next few weeks. The spoon bite should turn on any day now.”

Trout: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “The brown trout are all over the lake right now. Try working the bank lines around fallen trees with a Rooster Tail Super Rooster. This has been very productive. These fish seem to like a fast retrieve. Freelining medium shiners in and around main-lake points has also produced a few bigger fish. The trout are normally schooled up a little tighter this time of year. I think now that the cold weather has settled in, we should see these fish stay and feed close to the main-lake channels.”

Walleye: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “The walleye bite has been decent lately. Try using a Ned Rig working a 25- to 30-foot bottom. The fish are a little slow to take the bait, so be patient if you feel a bite. We have also had success downlining medium shiners over the main-lake channels over timber. These fish will come up off of an 80-foot bottom to eat these baits. Look for this bite to continue for the next couple of months.”

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