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Lake Travis Fishing Report

by: Dave Mauldin 8/14/2017
Lake Travis is not known as the best bass lake in Texas, but it can still be fun...
and on a good day you can catch a lot of bass, just not many giants.
But, it's close enough to where many of us live/work that we frequent it.
Lake Travis is an impoundment of the Colorado River, and then flows into
Lake Austin, and then Lady Bird Lake thru downtown Austin.
Lake Travis is a Rocks and Docks lake. There is no grass. The lake level
fluctuates greatly during the year. One unique opportunity at Lake Travis:
Catching a fair number of Guadalupe Bass (the state fish). If you have never
caught one, you probably will on Lake Travis. If you catch one, you will probably
catch several. They are kind of a cross between a smallmouth and a Kentucky spotted bass.
cut/paste this for a look:
The fish are in a summer pattern now (Duh) , and the lake is dropping about a foot a day....
The fish are best caught on a drop shot, shakey head, or Texas rigged worm in 20-34'
depending on the time of day.
Since I know the lake, I like to fish late evenings and into the night as long as I can
stay awake. The fishing is good at night around marinas and boat ramps....mainly
because there is man-made structure and some light at night. Having that dim
light is also good for us fishermen. At night, the best bait is definitely a Texas rigged dark colored worm, worked slowly.....Good luck, and watch out for the pleasure boats!....It gets better (less boat traffic) as soon as school starts!
I DO NOT do a lot of moving around with the big engine at night....and fishing at night this time of year is quite comfortable. Try the three evenings/nights prior to the full moon.
BTW, even at night I fish deep during the warm months(18-24'). That's where the big ones live, and they tend to feed at night this time of year in clear water lakes like this...I think there are big ones living/resting at 35' during the day, and they move up to 20-25' to feed during low light/dark.
I recommend 10-12# fluorocarbon during the day and 15# fluorocarbon during the night/low light.
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Lloyd Tackitt, TX   8/15/2017 9:38:28 AM
Excellent information and tips Dave! Thank you!
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