Two Burton Lake-Record Smallmouth

Big smallmouths are showing up in a lake that has never been stocked with smallies by the state.

Six months after the first small- mouth bass ever documented in Lake Burton was caught, that lake record has been broken twice.

On July 7, David Roane of Atlanta was fishing at Burton with a blue-and- chrome-colored Krocodile spoon. At about 11 a.m. a hefty fish hit — an unusual fish. The fish was identified and weighed by WRD Fisheries Biologist Anthony Rabern. The 3-lb., 12-oz. bass was a smallmouth bass, a fish that has never been officially stocked in Lake Burton. The fish topped a 2-lb., 12-oz. smallmouth caught in May and established a lake record.

Then, on Oct. 15, Jeff Blair of Gainesville was fishing on Burton with fishing guide Wes Carlton and down- lining bluebacks when he caught a smallmouth that weighed 4-pounds even. Jeff’s fish breaks the newly established record again.

According to Anthony, the smallmouths are likely the result of a private stocking.

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