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Lake Belton 4/4/2021 #13950895 04/07/21 03:21 PM
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I decided I wanted to take advantage of the nice weather with the few remaining hours of daylight to go Easter bass hunting. The past several trips I concentrated on using baits or colors to improve my confidence using patterns I don't employ much and to assess effectiveness of colors I own but don't use, all in the hopes of becoming a more dynamic angler. I grabbed three different packs of bargain bin plastics and went to work.

I started with a stick bait in watermelon slice working the banks from secondary points to the back of pockets. I stuck two in shallow water but they came off. The only one I landed with the stick bait came in about 5 feet of water letting it sink. Once we got to the back of a cove we noticed a big ball of bait fish cruising around so I switched to a soft twitch bait with some clever name I can't recall but orange-y shrimp-y color.

I worked that bait very, very slowly, tossing it 8-10 feet from shore. Twitch - lonnnng pause - twitch - twitch extra long pause letting the bait fall to 6-8 feet. Fishing weightless this took some time to get the bait down in the water column. I picked up two more keepers and then landed the biggest one of the evening. This isn't normally the way I choose to fish but hopefully I can gain more confidence with this for those times you need to call an audible.

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Areas fished: We launched and concentrated in the Cedar Ridge arm of the lake.

Observations: Water clarity is improving but small clumps of floating algae are steadily increasing in the coves and pockets with larger patches forming along the shoreline. It's a little bit of a nuisance having to clear off the bait almost every cast. There are signs of bedding activity but I don't think the big wave has started.

Start & Start Time: 1800 - 2000

Conditions
• Water Temp: 61-63
• Visibility: 2-4 feet, slightly colored water
• Water Level: 593.20, -0.80 ft below conservation pool, 97.8% full

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Source: https://waterdatafortexas.org/reservoirs/individual/belton

Weather
• Air Temp: Mid 70's in the late afternoon
• Sky Conditions: Partly cloudy skies all day
• Precipitation: None
• Wind Direction & Speed: Calm to Light SE
• Barometric pressure:

Moon Phase: Last Quarter 49%

Re: Lake Belton 4/4/2021 [Re: ricochetrabbit] #13951055 04/07/21 04:47 PM
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ive caught some nice ones back there, in front of the rock wall that has the hole in it that looks like a football, or tulip; theres a hugh brushpile and trees that can hold alot of bass.


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Re: Lake Belton 4/4/2021 [Re: ricochetrabbit] #13951435 04/07/21 08:28 PM
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Awesome post and a nice fish. Good job and thanks for sharing. thumb


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Re: Lake Belton 4/4/2021 [Re: ricochetrabbit] #13951645 04/07/21 11:44 PM
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Well done sir. That’s a great report.

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