Despite the weather, fishing was good this weekend. A lot of numbers being caught +30 fish each day with the biggest around 3.5-4.0 lbs. Fishing is going to get better this week with the continued warm weather. Surface water temps around 65 F and fish being caught +30 Feet to less than 5 feet on several different patterns. The top water bite is picking up and watching a bass come up and crush a lure is my favorite. My calendar is open next Saturday and weeknights are an option now with daylight savings ending.
With the warm weather and warm nights, there continues to be a pre-spawn, spawn, and now post spawn patterns. It was a good fishing weekend with numbers and bass up to 4 lbs. There were bass moving up and staging in some areas, a few on beds, and now fry guarders (male bass protecting the fry). On Sunday, there was a ball of fry in a cove up the Pedernales river which had surface water temperatures around 69-70 F. There is a variety of ways to catch them right now.
The post-spawn pattern seems to be growing to dominance with the water temperature in the lower 70’s. During the weekend of March 25, we were catching some spawners and male fry guarders in Cypress and Sandy Creek. Later this week, the post spawn bite seems to be the dominant pattern Mid-Lake, Lago Vista area and up the Pedernales. There were some schools starting to set up near their summer haunts. There was a pretty good top water bite in the evening trips. This time of year is good for a finesse presentation (wacky rig, weightless fluke, stick worm) with clear water and a lot of fish suspended and recuperating from the spawn. The bite is only going to get better as the temperatures heat up and the fish come out of the post-spawn period.
Earlier in the week, the post spawn pattern was dominating mid lake and then another wave of spawning fish started moving up with the full moon phase. By the weekend, the wave was on Saturday evening and the catch was around 15 lbs for the best five fish with big fish going 4.5 lbs. A total +30 fish caught with fish were feeding actively on large schools of shad caught in the high winds. This could be a shad spawn wave and pre-spawn feeding frenzy during the full moon week.
I was able to put together full day trips Friday through Sunday on Lake Travis. Post-spawn is the major pattern right now. The numbers are still there with the biggest fish around 4 lbs. The bigger fish that we are catching are skinny and suggest they are feeding up after the spawn. The key for the catch is a finesse approach this time of year however the top water bite was strong this weekend. Pop-R, Prop-baits, and Frogs work well this weekend. The blow-ups and bites on the top-water frog this weekend were fantastic. It was very impressive to see a predator fish in action.
Post- spawn pattern reigned for the rest of the month however there were big females still full of eggs caught. The shad spawn was also coming on strong and there were balls of shad observed on the surface near bluffs, docks, and brush. Again, a finesse approach this time of year works well to catch numbers of fish. Weightless senkos, wacky worm rigs, and of course top waters work well this time of year. A lot of fish suspend this time of year and you must present a bait that will stay in that suspended target zone. There are some fish setting up on summer haunts but I didn’t have success catching the bigger fish in numbers. This will change soon as we head into May. I’m excited about fishing the ledges, points, and deep brush this summer. Action in the summer can be fast and furious when you find a school of fish. Give me a call and come find out.
Fish are transitioning from post- spawn to the summertime pattern. With the shad spawn still occurring the bass are taking advantage and feeding heavily. Some of the fish I caught on Sunday were fat as footballs from feeding up. I also had fish spitting up crawfish as well. On Sunday, fish were more organized are a few summertime ledges and points. There were a lot of smaller fish in these areas but there were keepers (>14”) in the mix as well and an occasional big fish (4-5 lbs). Top waters are still a good strategy and also some of the finesse techniques from the post-spawn will work but summertime ledge and point fishing will be the mainstay going into the summer.
Had the pleasure of teaching a couple from the valley how to fish this week. We had a great night with beautiful weather and were able to catch a few. We did miss a good one that night. Numbers caught are still good with good keepers caught in the mix. Occasionally, there is a big one on the line as well as I lost a big one (6-7 lbs) on Wednesday evening. Fish are in the process of migration to summertime haunts. On a hot day, there are good deep schools forming but on overcast and cooler days you can catch fish in <10 foot of water. I have a lot of different lures rigged up on the boat right now. Top waters, finesse rigs (wacky, flukes), and crank baits have been working well. Were coming up on Memorial Day weekend and I look forward to early morning adventures. Earlier the morning better right now.
In late May, surface water temps were mid to high 70s and there was still a good bite at 10-15' for suspended fish. I was catching numbers of fish and quality up to 4.5 lbs. Topwater bite slowed for me and I had to use suspended jerk baits, finesse presentations, and crank baits. Temps on Sat, June 4th, were in the 80's and the fish are in the their summertime patterns. The fish are on or near ledges ranging from depths of 25 to 40'. Worms (drop shot), crankbaits, and spoons are my favorite types of lures this time of year. The heat is on!
Numbers were good this week with an occasional big fish, 4-5 lbs. Upper end of the lake has an established thermocline at 25-30' of water. Deep summertime patterns dominate mid-lake and to the upper end of the lake as surface water temperatures are in the low 80's. Crank baits, drop-shot, and spoons worked well this week. The deep bite will continue as the summer gets hotter.
With the air temperatures in the 90's and surface water temperatures in the low 80's, the deep summertime patterns are in full effect. Numbers were good with solid 1-2 lbs keepers and a few 3-5 lbs fish in the mix. Once a school gets activated or when the fish are feeding, fish can be caught on consecutive casts. The deep water bite should be good through the remainder of June and into July. Spoons, drop-shot finesse worms , and crank baits have worked well this week. As we head into the dog days of summer, fishing at night becomes a good option.
The major pattern for catching bass continues to be deep ledges, points, and bends. Pay attention to schooling activity near the deep ledges and points as topwater action has definitely picked up over the last couple of weeks. Early morning action is good however when there is cloud cover, the action can continue throughout the day. Numbers continue to be good with half-day mornings producing 10-20 fish with an occasional 4-5 lb fish and numerous fish over 14". Top waters, finesse worms, t-rig worms, and crankbaits have worked well.
Deep and early top water patterns prevail as we head into the dog days of summer. Numbers were good with up to 20 fish early week but slowed down a little thru the weekend. Top water bite is still strong in the morning but you have to hit it early. T-rig worms and top waters were the baits of choice this week. Don't count a shallow bite as we continue into the hottest days of the summer. There are resident fish in pockets and coves that live in <10 of water.
The dog days of summer are here as surface water temperatures are in the low 90's in the afternoon. Of course there is a deep bite on long points, ledges, and bluff walls but there is a good shallow (<10 feet) bite as well. Due to the heat, the numbers of caught fish are down from June. The rain that the lake received last Sunday and Monday seemed to promote fish activity as the evening bite was pretty good Tues thru Thursday. I had a good time with Joey and Dudley from Louisiana on Wednesday night and James and Owen on Thursday. We caught about 7-8 fish each night. There is a rain in the forecast this week and I hope the lake will fill back to full pool. If the lake comes up 1 to 2 feet, the fishing will be better, I promise.
Don't think that August is terrible for fishing. For the first week in August, fishing has been really good. The full moon phase and cooler weather maybe the main reasons for the bite. There is deep and shallow action right now. Topwaters, Texas rigged worms, and crankbaits have performed well this week. Now this time of year you have to try different lures and colors to figure out what they want. Pro fishermen will say "the fish will tell you what they want". It's cliche but it's so true. I may have 12-15 rod and reels on the deck until I figure out how to catch them. You have to work at.. Have a great week!