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  • Keeping a log can put more fish in the boat
    IMPRESSIVE CATCH: Ricky Peninger (left) of Granbury and his friend Wesley Rogers (holding a hybrid striped bass) made a nice haul of sand bass from Lake Granbury last weekend. Hybrids are crossed between striped and sand bass. MIKE ACOSTA
  • Keeping a log can put more fish in the boat
    Keeping a log can put more fish in the boat

Keeping a log can put more fish in the boat

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Keeping track of your fishing trips can pay off on future trips.

Fish are creatures of habits, and by keeping a detailed fishing log of those past successes can lead to future successes.

Patterns will develop as your data starts to grow. Nothing is guaranteed with fishing, but as I‘ve said before, the more knowledge you have the better your chances are.

Years back I used to religiously keep a log. Now I document conditions when appropriate. The fact of the matter is that the more data you have the better off you will be.

Once you start using past history, you will soon realize the value. You don’t realize how much information you forget when you don’t write it down.

It is a tool that can help. You also can’t be fixated on the old data, as conditions may change completely, but having that input in your arsenal can help.

If you fish different lakes, this data can be good in helping you remember the details from past visits to that lake. Having a good starting point always helps at the start of the day.

I always document the weather conditions such as air temperature, lows and highs, cloudy/sunny, water condition and temperature, wind direction and speed.

Of course I document how many fish were caught, where, on what bait, the size and the times of the day that the bite occurred. I also keep track of where I locate baitfish.

Other data that can be logged includes GPS coordinates, depths of thermoclines, lake levels, other fishing reports and the condition of the “moon.”

Start logging your fishing trips either in a manual log or by using some of the available software. After you get that first year of data, you can start using your own information to help guide you on the water. You’ll be surprised how much this information can help in your future trips.

Some years conditions change drastically such as floods and algae blooms. In these cases you may have to leave the book at home, but if you document where the fish were found during these times, you may be better prepared if one of those events occur again.


Hope you all will be careful this Memorial Day weekend.

If you can get out and fish, now is the time for active fish.

Water temperatures are approaching 80 degrees on Granbury, especially in the afternoons.

Lake Granbury white bass fishing has been excellent on many areas of the lake from The Shores to DeCordova Bend Estates.

White bass are schooling on humps and feeding flats, and are good on slabs. Black bass are good on crankbaits and soft plastics fished near points with stick-ups on the main lake and in the back of major creeks. Striped bass are slow to fair on live bait and slabs. Catfish action is good on cut bait near creek channel ledges.

Squaw Creek Park is closed, and I have not heard if and when they will reopen. If I find out any information, I will let you know.

Possum Kingdom sand bass limits are common midlake on slabs and jigs. Whitney striped bass are good to excellent to 10 pounds on live bait fished in 25-30 feet of water next to channel ledges from Cedron Creek to Bee Bluffs. | 817-578-0023



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