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Belton Lake

Bell County, TX
Bell County, TX
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On the Leon River in Bell and Coryell counties, 5 miles northwest of the City of Belton off FM 317
12,385 acres
LAKE SIZE
124 feet
MAX DEPTH
FISH TO CATCH
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Hybrid Striped Bass
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Sunfish
White Bass
NOTE: This list may not be all inclusive of all speices present in Belton Lake.
FISHING COVER/STRUCTURE
Most of the shoreline is very steep, rocky habitat. Majestic tall bluffs and long rocky points are most common, although sand and mud flats can be found up the Leon River and Cowhouse arms. The lake has little or no aquatic vegetation. Timber is also limited.
ANGLING OPPORTUNITIES
Belton Lake is a popular lake for hybrid striped bass, and can also be a good largemouth bass lake at certain times of the year.
TIPS & TACTICS
Largemouth bass fishing is at its best from late February through April. As the water temperature begins to rise, bass become more active and prepare for the upcoming spawn. The backs of creeks and coves, protected from the north wind, provide the warmest water on the lake. Good creeks to target are Cedar, Bear, Owl, Stampede, and Cowhouse. Spinnerbaits, plastic lizards, jerkbaits, and jig and pork combinations are the preferred baits. From May through September look for bass on main-lake points and flats next to creek channels. Stickbaits, chuggers, buzzbaits, crankbaits, and plastic worms can all be productive under the right conditions. From October through December, bass can be caught from the same areas as during the spawn. Smallmouth bass are generally caught from the dam to the Cedar Creek area at mid-lake. Early spring and late fall, when the water temperature ranges from 55 to 65 degrees, is the prime time to target smallmouth. Spawning occurs in rocky coves protected from the north wind. In summer and fall, long, gently sloping rocky points are good areas to fish. Deep diving crawfish-colored crankbaits, stickbaits, chuggers, buzzbaits, grubs, and small jigs are usually most productive.

Hybrid striped bass (palmetto bass) were introduced to Belton Lake in 1977, and have since become a very popular sportfish in the reservoir. Hybrids tend to travel in schools throughout the main lake. They can be caught bottom fishing with live bait as well as trolling jigs and crankbaits, with or without the aid of downriggers. White bass fishing is best from March through May when they migrate up the lake into the Leon River to spawn. Bank or boat fishing from the Highway 36 bridge north to Mother Neff State Park using small jigs or spinners can be very productive. During summer and fall, white bass sometimes school on the surface. Try fishing for white crappie between late February and the middle of May, when crappie move into shallow water in the backs of creeks and protected main-lake coves. Spawning crappie are fairly easy to catch on live minnows or small jigs fished around stumps and submerged cover in 2 to 5 feet of water. In summer, fall, and winter, crappie can be caught around large isolated trees and submerged brush at 5 to 20 feet. Catfish can be caught all year. Channel cats spawn from May to June, during which time they move into water 2 to 5 feet deep in the backs of creeks or along flats just off the river channel. Shad, shrimp, blood bait, and stinkbait all work just fine. Blue catfish, particularly large blues, can be targeted in winter months, February through April. Although statewide length and bag limits apply, anglers should consider returning blues larger than 10 lbs as they comprise the majority of the spawning population. Smaller blues are also better eating than bigger fish!
FISHING REPORT
FAIR. Water lightly stained; 53 Degrees;0.56 low. Black bass are fair near steep rocky shorelines, timber, and drop-offs on drop shots, finesse jigs, and crankbaits. White bass are fair on the main lake points, channels, and drop-offs with slabs, jerk baits and swim baits in 18-40’. Hybrid stripers are fair with live bait in the main lake from 25-40’. Crappie are fair on minnows in brush piles in 14-28’. Catfish are fair on cut bait and punch bait.

Source: Texas Parks & Wildlife

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FISHING COVER/STRUCTURE
Most of the shoreline is very steep, rocky habitat. Majestic tall bluffs and long rocky points are most common, although sand and mud flats can be found up the Leon River and Cowhouse arms. The lake has little or no aquatic vegetation. Timber is also limited.
CONTACT / CONTROLLING AUTHORITY
US Army Corps of Engineers
3740 FM 1670
Belton, Texas 76513
254/939-2461
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