Lake Burton Fishing Report October 2016

Burton: Level: 1 foot below full pool. Temp: 75 degrees. Clarity: Clear.

Bass: Guide Wes Carlton reports, “The bass bite has really picked up. These fish had been feeding late in the evenings and during the wee hours of nightfall. They have been up chasing the bluebacks around in the afternoons on the surface. A small topwater bait like a Chug Bug or a small Sammy has been working well for these fish. These fish should start coming up shallower as the water temps cool toward the lower 70s.”

Trout: Wes reports, “The brown trout have been extremely slow this summer. The live-bait bite has produced some really nice size fish but not many of them. We have been marking some big schools this year on the fish finder but only catching a couple before the school vacates the area. I fished a night recently and found that the trout were feeding good between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Go figure. The population seems to be healthy this year, and I anticipate a great fall and winter bite. The north Georgia trout are not into the sweltering heat that we have had this summer. Lake Burton is normally a little cooler than it has been this year. These fish will start feeding in the next few weeks during the morning and evening. The trolling bite will pick back up and be a great way to catch a wall hanger.”

Yellow Perch: Wes reports, “The perch bite has been on fire this year. These schools of fish have been a little deeper than most summers. We have caught them as deep as 50 feet. Drop shotting has been the best technique for catching these fish. This bite should continue to be good through the latter part of October.”

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