Lake Burton Fishing Report November 2017

Burton: Level: Full pool. Temp: 65 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “The fall bass bite has begun. These fish are feeding shallow in the mornings and are all over the backs of the creeks. Try using a topwater plug, like a Sammy in the herring color. We have had good success working this bait fast. Underspins have been productive mid-morning to midday. We have been working the Super Spin tipped with an Arkansas shiner colored fluke. Try casting in 14 to 20 feet of water. This pattern should continue for the next few weeks.”

Trout: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “The adult brown trout are schooling up for their spawning migration. We have trolled through several big schools the last few days on the southern portions of Lake Burton. These fish seem to be very healthy and full of herring. Trolling small Crocodile spoons has been the trick lately. We also had some success with No. 7 Ugly Duckling baits. Try maintaining a speed of 2.5 to 3 mph when trolling for the trout. We have been trolling these baits on top without a downrigger. Be sure to make several turns when trolling. Changing the frequency and action of the bait seems to trigger the bite.”

Walleye: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “The walleye are still 20 to 30 feet deep. Trolling live herring has been the most effective way to catch these fish the last couple of weeks. We have been weighing the lines down with a 1/2-oz. split-shot. This gets the baits down in the 12- to 18-foot range. Trolling the herring at 1.8 mph seems to be the ticket. Look for submerged humps and hilltops on the GPS fish finder. The walleye seem to be congregated near these spots. This pattern should continue over the next couple of weeks. The walleye will stay feeding better and shallower as the lake cools toward the low 60-degree mark.”

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