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A Surpise Top Bass Lake in Texas

by: Lloyd Tackitt 8/16/2014

Choke Canyon Lake

Fishing pressure is light, but the forage base of shad, bluegill and crayfish is abundant on this 25,670-acre water supply reservoir between San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Thatís why bass grow fast and bass grow big.

Bass anglers are most successful on Choke Canyon during the spring, fall, and winter months. Popular spring baits include spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, rattletraps, crankbaits, and unweighted soft plastic worms or jerkbaits. Summer bass fishing on Choke Canyon can be frustrating for even the most experienced angler. Topwater baits such as buzzbaits, Zara Spooks, or Pop-R's, presented very early or very late in the day near weedbeds, are popular and can be productive throughout the day if cloud cover is present. Flipping jigs, plastic worms, or tube baits in heavy shaded cover are often productive when nothing else seems to work. Remenber to spool up with a minimum of 20 lb. line or heavier when fishing thick cover: dead huisache and mesquite brush fray lighter line quickly. As summer temperatures rise, some anglers concentrate on shaded areas in submerged vegetation while many experienced anglers go deep. Deep water bass fishing is best using crankbaits , Texas-rigged worms, Carolina-rigged plastics, or jigging spoons. Brushy main-lake points, rocky shorelines, submerged roadbeds, and flooded brush near deep water or a dropoff are highly recommended targets for bass when temperatures reach 90įF or higher.

And it holds the official Texas record for largest alligator killed at 800-pounds, 14-foot, 3-inches.  So watch where you swim.

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Member comments
Dave Mauldin, TX   8/17/2014 11:25:04 AM
There are a lot of very large gators here. I fished it for the first time last spring, three days. The first day was cold, and we didn't see any gators, and did not know there were any. As the second day warmed up, we saw them everywhere on many banks.
 
Lloyd Tackitt (Lloyd Tackitt), TX   8/17/2014 12:18:24 PM
Wade fishing doesn't sound like a real good idea there. Maybe I'll stick to my river :-)
 
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