Lake Burton Fishing Report July 2016

Burton: Level: 1.4 feet below full pool. Temp: 79 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “The spotted bass bite has been awesome lately. We have caught these fish on topwater over the main-lake channel when the bass are chasing blueback herring around. We have also caught a lot nice ones on a white fluke and white jerkbait. If the wind is blowing, I work a jerkbait over points. If there is no wind, I like to watch for topwater and head toward the fish. These bass will slowly work their way toward deeper brush over the next few weeks, and the drop-shot bite will be the ticket.”

Trout: Wes Carlton reports, “The brown trout have started showing up over the main-lake channel in big numbers. These Burton trout are moving fast and are hard to keep under the boat. Trolling spoons and small jerkbaits has been the ticket for the last few days. As the water temps heat up toward the 80-degree mark, these trout will be in tighter schools and a little easier to catch. Be sure and alternate speeds when trolling baits, as this seems to work best for the bigger browns.”

Walleye: Wes Carlton reports, “The walleye have started moving deep. They are feeding on a 29- to 35-foot bottom near the river channels. They have been biting downline blueback herring the best over the last few days. We have been setting our baits just above the bottom. Last week we boated a couple of fish in the 5- to 9-lb. range using this technique. Look for these Burton walleye to head toward deeper water over the next few weeks and for the bite to turn into a night bite.”

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