HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – July 2018

SPORTSMAN’S DAYBOOK-Tides & Prime Times – July 2018
June 25, 2018
HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – July 2018
June 25, 2018

PINEY WOODS

LOCATION: Lake Fork
HOTSPOT: Main Lake Deep Water Points and Humps
GPS: N 32 54.804, W 95 38.322
(32.9134, -95.6387)

Lake Fork: Deep Water Points and Humps

Lake Fork: Deep Water Points and Humps

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: “Top water frog lures, football head jigs (Vicktory Jig from Finch Nasty Bait Co.) with a Grandebass Airtail wiggler as trailer”
CONTACT: Lance Vick
903-312-0609
[email protected]
www.guideonlakefork.com
TIPS: “In July, the hotter it gets, better they bite! In the deep summer time, the sun blooms the algae and plankton which in turn activates shad to feed and, therefore, positions bass on structure in 20 to 30 feet of water on points, humps and roadbeds. The 5/8 oz Vicktory screw lock football head jig was designed to catch these deep summertime bass. The screw lock replaces the brush guard, positioning the trailer to stand up off the bottom attracting Bass from farther away. The Grandebass Airtail Wiggler or Mega Claw really work well on the Vicktory Jig. Choose a black and blue or peanut butter/jelly as your ‘go-to’ colors. You can find the Vicktory Jig at www.finchnastybaitco . I use 17-pound fluorocarbon line on a 7.6 heavy action Impulse rod and that lets me make long cast and has the power to winch up big bass. Fish the Vicktory jig slow along the bottom, letting it rock side to side. This gives the trailer lots of action, attracting big bass.“

LOCATION: Caddo Lake
HOTSPOT: Alligator Bayou
GPS: N 32 43.1699, W 94 5.424
(32.7195, -94.0904)

Caddo Lake: Alligator Bayou

Caddo Lake: Alligator Bayou

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: 1/8 oz. Texas-rigged worms in Junebug or black/red colors, frogs and 1oz. weighted punch baits in black or green
CONTACT: Caddo Lake Guide Service/Paul Keith
318-455-3437
[email protected]
www.caddolakefishing.com
TIPS: Fish the bayou edges with frogs and 1 oz. weighted punch baits in black or green colors. Watch for schooling or bunched fish in the creek bends. I like to throw 1/8 oz. Texas-rigged worms in Junebug or black/red colors on the bunched-up fish.

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LOCATION: Lake Conroe
HOTSPOT: Dam Area
GPS: N 30 21.816, W 95 33.09
(30.3636, -95.5515)

Lake Conroe: Dam Area

Lake Conroe: Dam Area

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: Stink bait, cut shad
CONTACT: Richard Tatsch
936-661-7920
[email protected]
www.fishdudetx.com
TIPS: The catfish will start feeding in the 15- to 20-foot depth ranges. Most days you will catch a lot of fish in the one pound and a half to three-pound range. I typically bait a spot or two using cattle cubes. Just dump some over on a spot close to a creek or river channel, give it about 30 minutes and start catching fish. I use a #6 treble hook with a sponge and a 1/8-ounce weight. Get a tub of Primos dipping bait and punch the sponge in until it absorbs the bait. Drop it to the bottom and wait until you feel either a good strike or any additional weight on the end of the line. Once you feel either set the hook and try to pull their lips off. Usually the larger fish just feel like additional weight on the line. Good luck and good fishing! Bank Access: Stowaway Marina

LOCATION: Lake Fork
HOTSPOT: Dale Creek
GPS: N 32 49.494, W 95 33.498
(32.8249, -95.5583)

Lake Fork: Dale Creek

Lake Fork: Dale Creek

SPECIES: Crappie
BEST BAITS: Minnows, crappie jigs in blue ice color
CONTACT: Doug Shampine
940-902-3855
[email protected]
www.lakeforktrophybass.com
TIPS: July is a great time to bring the kids to Lake Fork and teach them how to fish or catch a good mess of crappie to take home to eat. The crappie have moved back to the deeper brush piles by now and I look for them in 18-22 feet of water. I have many brush piles around the lake for us to camp on and catch a good mess of crappie or teach the kids or mom and dad how to catch crappie as well. I use minnows or jigs this time of the year and blue ice is a great color on Lake Fork in July. Areas to look for crappie will be Dale, Little Caney, Ray Branch, and around the main lake bridges. I supply everything for your trip just come to lake Fork and get in my boat and go fishing.

LOCATION: Lake Livingston
HOTSPOT: The Hump
GPS: N 30 39.663, W 95 2.268
(30.6611, -95.0378)

Lake Livingston: The Hump

Lake Livingston: The Hump

SPECIES: White Bass

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BEST BAITS: Live Shad, 1 ¼ oz white “Super D’s” slabs, Tsunami Holographic hot pink/gold 4” Swim Shad, Tsunami 1 oz. Holographic Zombie Eye jig blue silver
CONTACT: David S. Cox, Palmetto Guide Service
936-291-9602
[email protected]
www.palmettoguideservice.com
TIPS: Great fishing this time of year as the whites will still be on lower lake structure. They may be deeper than they were in May and June as water temperatures rise. This is structure fishing using your electronics to find and keep you on fish. Mark the spots you find fish on with your GPS and date them for later reference. You can find some of my GPS coordinates in the TF&G Texas Lakes & Bays Atlas. The whites will follow schools of shad up and down the humps from 17’ to 25’. Look for whites to stack up on the slope or edges of the structure. Bounce baits off the bottom, feeling for strikes on falling baits. Troll Tsunami Swim Shad behind a #10 jet diver over the same structure. Watch for birds chasing shad and schooling whites in the same areas. Quietly get into the schooling fish and follow the school throwing the same baits. When the school goes down, start fishing the structure again.

LOCATION: Sam Rayburn Reservoir
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 31 11.406, W 94 12.5759
(31.1901, -94.2096)

Sam Rayburn Reservoir: Main Lake

Sam Rayburn Reservoir: Main Lake

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Bass: Carolina-rigged 10” worms, deep diving crankbaits | Crappie: minnows, jigs
CONTACT: Mike Knight
936-635-2427
[email protected]
www.easttxfishingguide.com
TIPS: Sam Rayburn should have good bass fishing this time of year. July is an offshore month like in my Toledo Bend report but usually not as deep. Humps and ledges in 12 to 20 feet with Carolina rigged 10” worms or deep running crankbaits should work. The crappie are the same all over east Texas and can be found in 20 to 30 feet deep over man-made brush piles.

LOCATION: Toledo Bend Res.
HOTSPOT: Robinson Bend
GPS: N 31 16.368, W 93 36.2579
(31.2728, -93.6043)

Toledo Bend: Robinson Bend

Toledo Bend: Robinson Bend

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass and crappie
BEST BAITS: Bass: Dropshot rigs, Carolina rigs, deep crankbaits. For crappie: minnows, jigs
CONTACT: Mike Knight
936-635-2427
[email protected]
www.easttxfishingguide.com
TIPS: “The bass fishing should be great this time of year but T-Bend in the summer is a deep, deep water fishery. Look for bass in 25 to 35 feet on river ledges, humps or channel confluences. Crappie will be bunched up on man-made brush piles in 20-25 feet.”

LOCATION: Toledo Bend
HOTSPOT: Huxley Area Main Lake Points
GPS: N 31 44.796, W 93 49.86
(31.7466, -93.8310)

Toledo Bend: Huxley

Toledo Bend: Huxley Area

SPECIES: Black Bass & White Bass
BEST BAITS: Top water plugs, crankbaits, plastics, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits
CONTACT: Greg Crafts, Toledo Bend Guide Service and Lake Cottages
936-368-7151
[email protected]
www.toledobendguide.com
TIPS: Concentrate on the main lake points close or falling off into the river channel. Early and late throw Rat-L-Traps, top water plugs, buzz baits, spinner baits and shallow diving crank-baits. When the sun gets up and the shallow bite slows down, back off to deeper water and throw Texas or Carolina-rigged plastics and deep diving crank baits for the black bass and ½ oz. to ¾ oz. spoons jigged on the bottom for the whites. Also, look for any gulls feeding on shad that the fish have pushed to the surface.

 

PRAIRIES & LAKES

LOCATION: Lake Ray Roberts
HOTSPOT: Deep Water Brush Pile
GPS: N 33 24.005, W 97 2.796
(33.4001, -97.0466)

Lake Ray Roberts: Deep Water Brush Pile

Lake Ray Roberts: Deep Water Brush Pile

SPECIES: Crappie/White bass
BEST BAITS: Minnows, Small Swimbaits, Shad colored top waters
CONTACT: Justin Wilson
214-538-2780
[email protected]
TIPS: Summer is in full swing; the weather is hot and so is the fishing. Crappie are out on deeper brush piles and structure. 30-40-foot water seems to be best, but shallower 20 footers are working as well. They can be caught on jigs, but minnows are the best choice. The white bass can be found schooling on top out in the deep water as well. I recommend small swim baits and topwaters, but they can be caught on just about anything flashy or shad colored. Look for them feeding heavy, early morning and late evening but keep an eye out for that boiling water at all times of the day.

LOCATION: Bachman Lake
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 32 51.156, W 96 52.374
(32.8526, -96.8729)

Bachman Lake

Bachman Lake

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Bass: spinnerbaits and chatterbaits
CONTACT: Carey Thorn
469-528-0210
[email protected]
TexasOklahomaFishingGuide.com
TIPS: This time of year, bass will usually always be in 1 to 5 feet of water until August then they move out a little deeper in the middle of the lake. Spinnerbaits seem to work the best along with chatterbaits. When It gets a little warmer and it’s super bright out, fish the bridges or the rip rap where there is access to deeper water.

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LOCATION: Cedar Creek Lake
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 32 18.036, W 96 7.9259
(32.3006, -96.1321)

Cedar Creek Lake

Cedar Creek Lake

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: Cut Bait, chicken hearts, gizzards, etc.
CONTACT: Jason Barber
903-603-2047
[email protected]
www.kingscreekadventures.com
TIPS: This is a great month for jug fishing. Make multiple juglines out of bottles, noodles, etc. and rig them with one hook and a small weight with just a couple feet of line. Throw out multiple rigs in a fairly tight group baited with your choice of shad, chicken hearts or gizzards or even chicken breast chunks or any other legal cut bait. Let the shallow rigs drift across deeper water say 10’ to 30’ and just follow along and pick up the ones that start bouncing around with fish on them. It usually doesn’t take long to get bit and it’s a really fun way to entertain kids and friends. Use a net or boat hook to retrieve the jugs and let everyone take turns.

LOCATION: Eagle Mountain Lake
HOTSPOT: Dam
GPS: N 32 52.693, W 97 28.006
(32.8782, -97.4668)

Eagle Mountain Lake: Dam

Eagle Mountain Lake: Dam

SPECIES: Hybrids, white bass
BEST BAITS: Hell Pet or deep-running lures
CONTACT: Johnny Stevens
817-597-6598
johnnysguideservice.com
[email protected]
TIPS: This area just north of the dam is a series of humps with deep water all around them. As the water heats up the Hybrids that have come down from lake Bridgeport during a flood hang out in this area. An effective method is to troll a very deep running lure. A Hell pet rig with a bell sinker on the front of the hell bender to make it run deep.

LOCATION: Fayette County Res.
HOTSPOT: West Ridge Hump
GPS: N 29 55.9199, W 96 44.7839
(29.9320, -96.7464)

Fayette County: West Ridge Hump

Fayette County: West Ridge Hump

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: CJ’s punch bait
CONTACT: Weldon Kirk
979-229-3103
[email protected]
www.fishtales-guideservice.com
TIPS: The hump at this hotspot is 4-5 feet deep. Anchor on hump and fish the lake side of the hump. Chum on the lake side of the boat after anchored. Tight line is best here.

LOCATION: Gibbons Creek Res.
HOTSPOT: Dam Rocky Point
GPS: N 30 36.672, W 96 3.9779
(30.6112, -96.0663)

Gibbons Creek: Dam Rocky Point

Gibbons Creek: Dam Rocky Point

SPECIES: Crappie
BEST BAITS: Minnows, jigs
CONTACT: Weldon Kirk
979-229-3103
[email protected]
www.fishtales-guideservice.com
TIPS: Gibbons is open only Friday thru Sunday. Use minnows or Black Chartreuse curly tail 1/16 oz jig. Rocks, stumps, brush here, so experiment with depth, deeper late in the day.

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LOCATION: Granger Lake
HOTSPOT: Open Lake Humps and Ridges
GPS: N 30 41.85, W 97 20.01
(30.6975, -97.3335)

Granger: Dam Humps & Rocks

Granger: Dam Humps & Ridges

SPECIES: White Bass
BEST BAITS: Slab spoons
CONTACT: Tommy Tidwell
512-365-7761
[email protected]
www.gotcrappie.com
TIPS: “Right now is the best month for white bass in the open lake. They are feeding heavily on shad right in the middle of the day. Best times are from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Look for humps or ridges out from the dam. The top of the hump being around 10 feet deep and surrounding area being much deeper. Look for the whites on your sonar or spot them crashing the top. Position your boat on the top of the hump and bounce a slab spoon off the bottom. Just hop it two or three feet from the bottom. Dragging the spoon can also work. Good luck and good fishing!”

LOCATION: Lake Granbury
HOTSPOT: Lower End
GPS: N 32 22.659, W 97 42.009
(32.3777, -97.7002)

Lake Granbury: Lower End

Lake Granbury: Lower End

SPECIES: Striped bass
BEST BAITS: Live Shad and Perch. White or Chartreuse Curly Tail trailers on large pony head jigs for downrigging
CONTACT: Michael W. Acosta, Unfair Advantage Charters
817-578-0023
TIPS: Work channel ledges near feeding flats. Fish large live baits behind the boat under a balloon for the bigger stripers to 12lbs. If possible let the bait drift under the balloon near shallow points/flats where top water action is taking place. Granbury water temperatures are in the upper 80’s and summertime is in full force. Stripers are on the lower ends to mid-lake.

LOCATION: Lake Lavon
HOTSPOT: Hybrid Point
GPS: N 33 3.186, W 96 27.312
(33.0531, -96.4552)

Lake Lavon: Hybrid Point

Lake Lavon: Hybrid Point

SPECIES: White Bass
BEST BAITS: Cohoes, slabs
CONTACT: Carey Thorn
469-528-0210
[email protected]
TexasOklahomaFishingGuide.com
TIPS: Fish main lake points in 1-18 feet. The whites should be schooling on surface in the morning and then holding on structure like points with immediate deep-water access. Stay within 2 miles of the dam and hit all the points. Start at the island tip. Hybrid Point is directly east of the island tip. This is a great spot with a huge flat and drop offs on edges.

LOCATION: Lake Palestine
HOTSPOT: Main Lake Points
GPS: N 32 11.1959, W 95 29.4239
(32.1866, -95.4904)

Lake Palestine: Main Lake Points

Lake Palestine: Main Lake Points

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Fish with Carolina-rigged Mister Twister Phenom worm in watermelon red and black blue, Bomber crankbaits in shad color
CONTACT: Ricky Vandergriff
903-561-7299 or 903-530-2201
[email protected]
www.rickysguideservice.com
TIPS: Fish points in 8-16 foot of water this time of year. This particular point detailed in this hotspot is a great one to start with. Fish your lures slow for best result.

LOCATION: Richland Chambers Lake
HOTSPOT: Pelican Island
GPS: N 31 58.9439, W 96 10.5959
(31.9824, -96.1766)

Richland Chambers: Pelican Island

Richland Chambers: Pelican Island

SPECIES: White Bass
BEST BAITS: Tiny Torpedo, 1/4 oz. blue/chrome Rat-L-Trap
CONTACT: Royce Simmons
903-389-4117
[email protected]
www.gonefishin.biz
TIPS: White bass top water action kicks into gear in the summertime and can be FUN for all age groups as kids love the chance to cast to surfacing fish and adults love watching the kids! Tie on any small shiny surface lure and you’re in business. We like a small clear Tiny Torpedo or a 1/4 oz. Blue Chrome Rat-L-Trap. Mornings and late afternoons (low light conditions) are best and if you get a cloudy, breezy summer morning, the top water action can last several hours. The main lake is often best and pay particular attention to the Pelican Island area.

LOCATION: Lake Somerville
HOTSPOT: South Schooling Area
GPS: N 30 18.642, W 96 34.2059
(30.3107, -96.5701)

Lake Somerville: South Schooling Area

Lake Somerville: South Schooling Area

SPECIES: White Bass
BEST BAITS: Cut shad. ghost minnows, slab spoons
CONTACT: Weldon Kirk
979-229-3103
[email protected]
www.fishtales-guideservice.com
TIPS: Tight line shad or ghost minnows here. Try also bouncing a spoon off the bottom. If birds are working the area, move to where the birds and are and anchor there.

LOCATION: Lake Texoma
HOTSPOT: Alberta Creek
GPS: N 33 57.5417, W 96 36.012
(33.9590, -96.6002)

Lake Texoma: Alberta Creek

Lake Texoma: Alberta Creek

SPECIES: Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: Top water plugs, slabs
CONTACT: Bill Carey
903-786-4477
[email protected]
www.striperexpress.com
TIPS: “It’s topwater fishing at its best this time of year! Early morning, serval large schools will surface around the lake. These schools of fish can be a mile long and a half mile wide. Cast Pencil Popper top water plugs for great action. After surface action ends, locate the schools of fish with your electronics. Then, vertically drop slabs and use a fast retrieve.
The fish will try to pull the rod out of your hands! Bank Access: Washita Point and Platter Flats”

LOCATION: Lake Whitney
HOTSPOT: McCowan Flats
GPS: N 31 55.4519, W 97 24.6239
(31.9242, -97.4104)

Lake Whitney: McCowan Flats

Lake Whitney: McCowan Flats

SPECIES: Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: 1/2 oz white jigs and 7” Striper Sniper Snake Worms
CONTACT: Randy Routh
817-822-5539
[email protected]
www.teamredneck.net
TIPS: It’s hot and some days the fish have fed at night or real early and it turns into a reaction strike pattern. I’m using my downriggers and pulling 1/2 oz white/lemon-lime Bucktail jigs and 10” Snake Worms from Striper Sniper Tackle (www.stripersniper). I like to run the old road beds and small ledges in the McCowan flats. The depth of my baits vary depending on the depth of the fish but are usually between 15’ to 18’. For bigger fish that sometimes are isolated, look for a hump on the bottom. I’m making long cast and running my downrigger balls closer to the bottom and basically skipping the jigs off the bottom. Yes, I get hung up occasionally and lose a bait or two, but the rewards of big fish are worth it. Hang on as there are some big ones on those flats!

 

PANHANDLE

LOCATION: Lake Possum Kingdom
HOTSPOT: YMCA Camp
GPS: N 32 52.689, W 98 28.001
(32.8782, -98.4667)

Possum Kingdom: YMCA Camp

Possum Kingdom: YMCA Camp

SPECIES: Largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: soft plastics, topwaters, jigs
CONTACT: Dean Heffner
940-329-0036
[email protected]
TIPS: Look for fish to be off ledges and close to the old river channel. Look for bass off ten to 15-foot drop offs. Topwater action can happen anywhere and without notice, so be prepared. Now, on cloudy days, the fish are just plain and simple biting better.

LOCATION: Lake Possum Kingdom
HOTSPOT: YMCA Camp
GPS: N 32 52.689, W 98 28.001
(32.8782, -98.4667)

Possum Kingdom: YMCA Camp

Possum Kingdom: YMCA Camp

SPECIES: Striped/hybrid striped bass
BEST BAITS: trolling jigs
CONTACT: Dean Heffner
940-329-0036
[email protected]
TIPS: Look for fish to be off ledges and close to the old river channel. This is a great time to troll. The magic depth is 24 feet in 50 or more foot of water, Mister Twister Curly is the bait of the day trailing a 1 oz. jig.

LOCATION: Hords Creek Reservoir
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 31 49.9735, W 99 34.0852
(31.8329, -99.5681)

Hords Creek Reservoir

Hords Creek Reservoir

SPECIES: Largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: soft plastics, spinnerbaits, jerkbaits
CONTACT: Michael D. Homer, Jr., Natural Resources Specialist, TPWD
325-692-0921
[email protected]
TIPS: Hords Creek is an excellent reservoir to bass fish in West Texas. Fishing with soft plastics such as trick worms, flukes, and senkos should produce a bite. Water clarity is decent, so consider brighter colors. Spinner baits and jerk baits are other go-to lures for this reservoir.

LOCATION: Lake Alan Henry
HOTSPOT: Rocky Creek
GPS: N 33 1.722, W 101 6.3599
(33.0287, -101.1060)

Lake Alan Henry: Rocky Creek

Lake Alan Henry: Rocky Creek

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: 10” dark worms, top water lures, crankbaits, spoons, jigs, Road Runner type lures
CONTACT: Norman Clayton’s Guide Services
806-792-9220
[email protected]
www.lakealanhenry.com/
TIPS: “In July the night fishing will really come into its own. Fishing at night in July will sure beat the heat of the day time. I will be throwing 10”” dark worms on the points and flats in the clear water. I love the night time fishing which gets me away from all the pleasure boaters of the day who are trying to beat the heat by getting in the water. Most of the time I will have the
lake all to myself at night. Top water baits and crankbaits will work, but you come near catching a tree. I will go around the full moon so that the fisherman can see. You do not have to have a moon to catch bass, but the moon makes it a lot easier on the fisherman. If you still want to fish in the day, use your electronics to search the mouths of the creeks for schools of shad. When you find the shad, use a buoy to mark the school, then use spoons, jigs, or Road Runner type baits to catch the bass. If the shad are the depth that you can reach them with a trolled crank bait, this is an easy way to put a limit in the boat.”

 

BIG BEND

LOCATION: Amistad
HOTSPOT: Twin Canyons
GPS: N29 36.31098, W100 58.377
(29.605183, -100.972950)

Amistad: Twin Canyons

Amistad: Twin Canyons

SPECIES: largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: Pop Rs, buzzbaits, Zara Spooks
CONTACT:
Stan Gerzsenyl
830-768-3648
[email protected]
www.amistadbass.com
TIPS: Fish topwaters from the main lake grass beds to the backs of the creeks. Zara Spooks are my favorites but Pop Rs and buzzbaits also can be effective. Look for schooling fish throughout the day.

 

HILL COUNTRY

LOCATION: Canyon Lake
HOTSPOT: Turkey Creek Point
GPS: N 29 51.7079, W 98 12.948
(29.8618, -98.2158)

Canyon Lake: Turkey Creek Point

Canyon Lake: Turkey Creek Point

SPECIES: Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: Bigroid 210 red with black back
CONTACT: Capt. Steve Nixon, Fishhooks Adventures
210-573-1230
[email protected]
www.sanantoniofishingguides.com
TIPS: “Troll this area with downriggers. The West point and in Turkey Creek seems to produce the best catches. Set the downriggers from 40 to 60 feet deep and look for schools of striped bass, when located, vary trolling speeds until the fish strike. Tight lines and fish on!”

LOCATION: Lake Buchanan
HOTSPOT: Lower Half of Lake
GPS: N 30 46.278, W 98 24.9059
(30.7713, -98.4151)

Lake Buchanan: Lower Half

Lake Buchanan: Lower Half

SPECIES: Striped Bass and Hybrids
BEST BAITS: Live shad
CONTACT: Clancy Terrill
512-633-6742
[email protected]
www.centraltexasfishing.com
TIPS: The weather is getting really warm this month and the striper and hybrids have moved to the lower half of lake. Early morning concentrate on 30-40 foot of water on ridges and humps, drifting or anchoring live bait. Later in the day move to 50 to 60 foot and fish tops of trees using your electronics.

LOCATION: Lake Buchanan
HOTSPOT: Dam Area
GPS: N 30 45.462, W 98 25.278
(30.7577, -98.4213)

Lake Buchanan: Dam Area

Lake Buchanan: Dam Area

SPECIES: Stripers and Hybrid Bass
BEST BAITS: Live shad
CONTACT: Ken Milam
325-379-2051
[email protected]
www.striperfever.com
TIPS: “Stripers and hybrids will be down by the dam area looking for cooler water. You can also find them along the river channel on the humps and ridges. Live shad will be the best bait for this time of year.”

LOCATION: Lake Buchanan
HOTSPOT: Garret Island
GPS: N 30 50.525, W 98 24.588
(30.842078, -98.409793)

Lake Buchanan: Garret Island

Lake Buchanan: Garret Island

SPECIES: White Bass
BEST BAITS: Slabs and jigs
CONTACT:
Ken Miliam
325-379-2051
[email protected]
www.striperfever.com
TIPS: White bass are on the upper end of the lake around Garret Island area. Fish slabs and jigs in 15 to 30 feet of water.

LOCATION: Lake LBJ
HOTSPOT: Horseshoe Bay Area
GPS: N 30 33.618, W 98 22.9799
(30.5603, -98.3830)

Lake LBJ: Horseshoe Bay Area

Lake LBJ: Horseshoe Bay Area

SPECIES: Bass and Crappie
BEST BAITS: Bass: Topwater lures, lipless crankbaits and worms; Crappie: Jigs or minnows
CONTACT: Teach ‘Em to Fish Guide Service-Barry Dodd
210-771-0123
[email protected]
www.teachemtofish.net
TIPS: There is lots of vegetation, enough contour and deeper water in this area to hold some big bass. I prefer Matzuo sickle style hooks for live bait, jigs and soft plastics because they penetrate easier and hold firmer. Bass and crappie have mostly settled into their summer patters of holding near the thermocline, along deep water ledges, points and cover near these areas. For bass, spend most of your time fishing points with deep diving crank baits and soft plastics. For crappie, look for channels bends or points with brush piles.

 

SOUTH TEXAS PLAINS

LOCATION: Coleto Creek Lake
HOTSPOT: Dam Area
GPS: N 28 43.41, W 97 10.23
(28.7235, -97.1705)

Coleto Creek: Dam Area

Coleto Creek: Dam Area

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Spinnerbaits and buzzbaits
CONTACT: Rocky’s Guide Service
361-960-0566
TIPS: The lakes are getting busy this time of year. Don’t let that stop you! Usually on early morning and late evenings it’s quiet and fish are active. As always, go deeper and use bigger baits for bigger bass. Main lake by the dam holds probably most big bass this time of year. However the back of most creeks will hold several 2-8 lb. class fish. Spinners are great this time of year especially on windy days. I like hitting stumps and hardwoods around 3 feet deep, throw past stumps about 10 feet then retrieve it so that it kinda knocks on the door and get their attention. That’s a little trick I learned long ago from Bruce Fox. Bend your hook out just a little on your spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. It will make the difference! Good fishing and God bless us all!

LOCATION: Falcon Lake
HOTSPOT: Dos Creeks
GPS: N26 55.44252, W99 19.56072
(26.924042, -99.326012)

Falcon Lake: Dos Creeks

Falcon Lake: Dos Creeks

SPECIES: largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: Plastic worms, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, topwaters
CONTACT:
Robert Amaya
956-765-1442
TIPS: Fish shallow points early with topwater lures and buzzbaits. Once the sun is up, move out to six to eight feet of water and fish the thickest brush with a Texas-rigged plastic worm.

LOCATION: Falcon Lake
HOTSPOT: Alejandrejas Roadbed
GPS: N26 44.22498, W99 11.9439
(26.737083, -99.199065)

Falcon Lake: Alejandrejas Roadbed

Falcon Lake: Alejandrejas Roadbed

SPECIES: largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: Jigs, plastic worms, spinnerbaits
CONTACT:
Robert Amaya
956-765-1442
TIPS: Fish the brush here early with topwater lures, Texas-rigged plastic worms and spinnerbaits. Carolina-rigged soft plastics also work well off the roadbed and in the openings where the water drops off from five to 8-12 feet. Also fish nearby humps.

 

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