HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – August 2019

SPORTSMAN’S DAYBOOK-Tides & Prime Times – August 2019
July 24, 2019
HOTSPOTS: Saltwater – August 2019
July 24, 2019

PINEY WOODS

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Caddo Lake
Hotspot: Alligator Bayou
GPS: N 32 43.1699, W 94 5.424
(32.7195, -94.0904)

Caddo Lake

Caddo Lake Alligator Bayou

Species: Largemouth Bass
Best Baits: 6”-8” plastic worms, flukes, senkos
Contact: Caddo Lake Guide Service/Paul Keith
318-455-3437
[email protected]
www.caddolakefishing.com
Tips: Fish the drop off edges of the hydrilla grass in the creeks. Early in the day is usually best as it is when the water is coolest. Pay special attention to creek bends and creek intersections as these are great ambush points.
• • •
Location: Lake Conroe
Hotspot: Main Lake
GPS: N 30 28.992, W 95 35.064
(30.4832, -95.5844)

Lake Conroe

Lake Conroe Main Lake

Species: Catfish
Best Baits: Primos Dipping Bait
Contact: Richard Tatsch
936-661-7920
[email protected]
www.fishdudetx.com
Tips: Locate stumps lining the river channel edge and tie off in 20 to 25 foot of water. Use a bag of cattle cubes to bring the fish to you. I will dump a half bag of cubes on two different locations and come back to the first, tie up and get my boat back in the same position. Using a spinning reel with a treble hook, an 1/8 ounce egg sinker and a piece of cut sponge wrapped around it; dip it in the bait and drop it to the bottom. Stay in contact with the bottom raising the bait up and down slowly until you feel some resistance. Then, set the hook. You can on most days catch limits of fish in just a few hours. Bank Access: Stowaway Marina

Location: Lake Fork
Hotspot: Chaney Area
GPS: N 32 48.24, W 95 33.366
(32.8040, -95.5561)

Lake Fork

Lake Fork Chaney Area

Species: Largemouth Bass
Best Baits: Zara Spooks, chrome Rat-L-Traps, white swimbaits, drop shots, Carolina rigs, bass jigs
Contact: Doug Shampine
940-902-3855
[email protected]
www.lakeforktrophybass.com
Tips: August is a fun month for bass fishing on Lake Fork. The early morning top water bite using Zara Spooks is good, especially in the Chaney area of the lake. The bass are now schooling early, chasing shad and you can throw a Spook, chrome Rat-L-Trap or a white swimbait it to the schooling bass as you see them come up chasing shad. The action normally lasts until about 10am. Then you will need to check the main lake points and deeper creeks in 15 –20 feet using Carolina rigs and bass jigs for the deeper bite. A drop shot will also work well this time of the year. Check out Dale, Ray, and Little Caney creeks for the deeper main lake points.

Location: Lake Fork
Hotspot: Elm Creek
GPS: N 32 55.8479, W 95 42.36
(32.9308, -95.7060)

Lake Fork

Lake Fork Elm Creek

Species: Largemouth Bass
Best Baits: Popping frogs, Zara Spooks, Finch Nasty Vicktory football head jig, 1/2 oz. Shakey Head with a Grandebass Air Tail Wiggler,
Contact: Lance Vick
903-312-0609
[email protected]
www.guideonlakefork.com
Tips: August is traditionally the hottest month of the year. Stop fishing? No way! Some of the best summer time fishing can be done in August. The early morning bite over shallow grass beds can be just what the doctor ordered. Popping frogs and Zara Spooks can get you feeling better. Then when the sun gets high in the sky break out the Finch Nasty Vicktory football head jig. Work it along bottom of points, humps and road beds in water ranging from 20-25 foot, concentrating on the hard spots. Black and blue and Peanut butter and jelly are great colors for this time of year. If they don’t want the jig, a 1/2 oz. Shakey Head with a Grandebass Airtail Wiggler will tempt them into biting. Put a rattle in the tail for added attraction. The Airtail Wiggler is the only worm that can add a rattle. On a crowded lake like Fork, ever advantage counts. Drink plenty of water and enjoy the Texas sunshine on one of the best lakes in Texas!

Location: Lake Livingston
Hotspot: Dam Area
GPS: N 30 37.9019, W 95 2.466
(30.6317, -95.0411)

Lake Livingston

Lake Livingston Dam Area

Species: Striped Bass
Best Baits: Live shad, 1 ¼ oz white slabs, spoons, Tsunami Holographic hot pink/gold 4” Swim Shad
Contact: David S. Cox, Palmetto Guide Service
936-291-9602
[email protected]
www.palmettoguideservice.com
Tips: “Look for birds working in the early mornings over roaming schools of stripers. Follow the birds and throw the Swim Shad into the school. When the schools go down, use your electronics in the same areas to locate fish on the humps and ridges. Troll the Tsunami Swim Shad behind a #10 jet diver over the humps or jig the white slabs over the humps and feel for a strike on a falling bait. This time of year I like to get on the water around 6:30am and be off the water by 10:30 cleaning fish. Good luck fishing Livingston! BANK ACCESS: Browder’s Marina.”

Location: Sam Rayburn Lake
Hotspot: Couchatana Creek
GPS: N 31 13.14, W 94 6.324
(31.2190, -94.1054)

Sam Rayburn Lake

Sam Rayburn Lake Couchatana Creek

Species: Largemouth Bass
Best Baits: Top water frogs, soft plastics, spinnerbaits, big crankbaits, 10” Texas rigged worms
Contact: Mike Knight
936-635-2427
[email protected]
www.easttxfishingguide.com
Tips: Sam Rayburn in August should be fabulous all over this giant lake. There should be a great top water frog bite over the pepper grass mats. If the lake stays at about the same level, there should be good early/late action on the outside edges of the hay grass on plastics and spinnerbaits for solid 2 to 5 lb. fish. Look for bigger trophy size lunkers on offshore river ledges, creek bends, junctions and humps.

Location: Toledo Bend Lake
Hotspot: Big Branch
GPS: N 31 17.58, W 93 44.412
(31.2930, -93.7402)

Toledo Bend Lake

Toledo Bend Lake Big Branch

Species: Largemouth Bass
Best Baits: Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, soft plastics
Contact: Mike Knight
936-635-2427
[email protected]
www.easttxfishingguide.com
Tips: August at Toledo Bend can be great for a bass fisherman with a big “IF”. IF he understands deep water electronics and if he can stand the summer heat. The best bites will be along the old river ledges and offshore humps in 25 to 30 foot depths. Look for the south 1/3 of the lake with the clearest water to be the best producing area.

Location: Toledo Bend North
Hotspot: Martinez Bayou
GPS: N 31 35.406, W 93 50.5679
(31.5901, -93.8428)

Toledo Bend North

Toledo Bend North Martinez Bayou

Species: Largemouth Bass
Best Baits: Top water lures, crankbaits, soft plastics
Contact: Greg Crafts, Toledo Bend Guide Service and Lake Cottages
936-368-7151
[email protected]
www.toledobendguide.com
Tips: Early morning and late evening work shallow grass flats, lily pads and pepper grass close to deep water with top water plugs, stick baits, frogs, buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, shallow diving and lipless crank baits and finesse plastics (Senkos, Flukes, and Trick worms). When the sun gets overhead or the bite slows down, back out to deeper water along creek channel drops, river ledges, timberlines, main lake ridges and humps, secondary and main lake points with mid to deep diving crank baits, slab spoons, tail spinners and Texas or Carolina rigged soft plastics. Watch for schooling bass and keep a lipless crankbait, shallow diving crankbait and top water plug handy.

 

PRAIRIES & LAKES

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Lake Palestine
Hotspot: Flag Bay
GPS: N 32 11.058, W 95 27.33
(32.1843, -95.4555)

Lake Palestine

Lake Palestine Flag Bay

Species: Largemouth Bass and Crappie
Best Baits: Bass: Indian swim jig w/ Mister Twister Hawg Frog as trailer | Crappie: jigs
Contact: Ricky Vandergriff
903-561-7299 or 903-530-2201
[email protected]
www.rickysguideservice.com
Tips: Bass fishing is good around boat docks and along the creek in the county line area. Concentrate on stumps and other structure. For crappie action, fish brush piles in 15 feet of water and under bridges.
• • •
Location: Bachman Lake
Hotspot: Main Lake
GPS: N 32 51.258, W 96 51.8459
(32.8543, -96.8641)

Bachman Lake

Bachman Lake Main Lake

Species: Largemouth Bass
Best Baits: Spinnerbaits, chatterbaits
Contact: Carey Thorn
469-528-0210
[email protected]
TexasOklahomaFishingGuide.com
Tips: In August the bass move out a little deeper in the middle of the lake. 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.

LOCATION: Lake Belton
HOTSPOT: Back of Cedar Creek
GPS: N31 9.88098, W97 27.48396
(31.164683, -97.458066)

Lake Belton

Lake Belton Back of Cedar Creek

SPECIES: largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: Deep-diving crankbaits, Carolina-rigged soft plastics
CONTACT: Bob Maindelle
254-368-7411
[email protected]
HoldingTheLineGuideService.com
TIPS: This creek has abundant shad typically holding over shoulders of the creek channel. Fish a deep-diving crankbait on light line in the upper end to scrape these shoulders. Once fish are located, fish a Carolina rig to thoroughly cover the area.

Location: Cedar Creek Lake
Hotspot: Main Lake
GPS: N 32 16.11, W 96 7.7279
(32.2685, -96.1288)

Cedar Creek Lake

Cedar Creek Lake Main Lake

Species: Hybrid Striper
Best Baits: Deep diver crankbaits
Contact: Jason Barber
903-603-2047
[email protected]
www.kingscreekadventures.com
Tips: This is a great time of year to load up on hybrids! Troll humps and points on the main lake in 14’ to 24’ with deep divers at about 3 mph.

Location: Lake Eagle Mountain
Hotspot: The Old Walnut Creek Bed
GPS: N 32 54.3033, W 97 30.907
(32.9051, -97.5151)

Lake Eagle Mountain

Lake Eagle Mountain The Old Walnut Creek Bed

Species: White bass
Best Baits: Hell pet
Contact: Johnny Stevens
817-597-6598
[email protected]
johnnysguideservice.com
Tips: “This area is the old Walnut Creek bed. Troll the hell pet rig in this area. Sand bass love this area as the water reaches summer
time temperature.”

Location: Fayette County Reservoir
Hotspot: Snake Island Point
GPS: N 29 55.877, W 96 43.366
(29.9313, -96.7228)

Fayette County Reservoir

Fayette County Reservoir Snake Island Point

Species: Catfish
Best Baits: CJ’s punch bait, cut shad
Contact: Weldon Kirk
979-229-3103
[email protected]
www.fishtales-guideservice.com
Tips: Anchor 20-25 foot deep off the point. Chum close to the boat and fish straight down, using tight lines. It is best to fish on a light wind day here at this hotspot.

Location: Gibbons Creek Reservoir
Hotspot: Intake Channel
GPS: N 30 37.0213, W 96 4.3309
(30.6170, -96.0722)

Gibbons Creek Reservoir

Gibbons Creek Reservoir Intake Channel

Species: Catfish
Best Baits: CJ’s punch bait
Contact: Weldon Kirk
979-229-3103
[email protected]
www.fishtales-guideservice.com
Tips: Water is warm right now and chumming works great. Anchor on left side of intake, in the trees. Fish should show up in 15 minutes or so, attracted to the chum. Fish cork just off the bottom or tight line for both channel and blue cats.

Location: Lake Granbury
Hotspot: Lower Ends
GPS: N 32 22.659, W 97 42.009
(32.3777, -97.7002)

Lake Granbury

Lake Granbury Lower Ends

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 or humps in 15 feet of water. Fish large live baits on a Carolina rig and use a balloon to float the presentation away from the boat. Freelining a shad with a balloon in the shallows will produce bigger fish as well. Granbury water temperatures continue in the upper 80’s and summertime is in full force. Thermocline is present and all fish are in the top layer of water. Striped bass continue to be good early and late on the lower ends on humps that are above the thermocline. White bass are schooling early and late on shad on several areas of the main lake.

Location: Granger Lake
Hotspot: Dam Area
GPS: N 30 41.502, W 97 20.2319
(30.6917, -97.3372)

Granger Lake

Granger Lake Dam Area

Species: White Bass and Catfish
Best Baits: Slabs, marabou jigs tipped with Berkley Crappie Nibbles
Contact: Tommy Tidwell
512-365-7761
[email protected]
www.gotcrappie.com
Tips: Right now the white bass are schooling on the humps and ridges out from the dam. They can be found from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, during the hottest part of the day. Find the fish on your sonar and position your boat right on top of the hump or ridge. Use a slab spoon and work the spoon by bouncing or dragging it along the bottom. The largest fish are close to the bottom. The crappie are also very good now and are much fatter than they have been all summer. Use a marabou jig tipped with a Berkley Crappie Nibble. Hold the jig right above the structure and wait for the tap. Good luck and good fishing.

Location: Lake Lavon
Hotspot: Little Ridge Point
GPS: N 33 3.7859, W 96 27.792
(33.0631, -96.4632)

Lake Lavon

Lake Lavon Little Ridge Point

Species: Largemouth Bass & White Bass
Best Baits: Largemouth Bass: white & chartreuse spinnerbaits, square bill crankbaits, Series 5 Sexy Shad | White Bass: white top water lures
Contact: Carey Thorn
469-528-0210
[email protected]
TexasOklahomaFishingGuide.com
Tips: Fish the rip rap and rocks for largemouth bass. White and chartreuse spinnerbaits work well early in the morning. Then switch to a square bill crankbait, a 1 to 6 foot diver, until approximately 9 AM. Then switch to a 12 to 15 foot Series 5 Sexy Shad. For white bass we have a thermocline which should be expected. There might be top water action every morning and evening. Otherwise look for them on every main point and the humps outside of Little Ridge point. This year white is the color of choice. If they’re not out there check for them in 1 to 3 foot along any wind-blown banks. If the white egrets are lining the bank the fish will be there too.

Location: Lake Ray Roberts
Hotspot: Brush Pile
GPS: N 33 24.127, W 97 5.314
(33.4021, -97.0886)

Lake Ray Roberts

Lake Ray Roberts Brush Pile

Species: Crappie, white bass
Best Baits: Minnows, swimbaits
Contact: Justin Wilson
214-538-2780
[email protected]
Tips: White bass are still really good on topwaters early in the morning and should continue throughout the month. When you find them on top, I recommend small swimbaits, white or chartreuse on a 1/4 oz. jig head. They will hit just about anything when they’re schooling but using the single hook makes for a quicker release and more time catching vs. a treble hook on a hard plastic. The crappie bite has been tough, still catching quite a few smaller fish. Summer fishing pressure has the ratio of keepers to throwbacks at about 1:5. Look for these fish holding close to brush piles in 25-35 foot of water.

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

Richland Chambers Lake

Richland Chambers Lake Pelican Island

Species: White Bass
Best Baits: Top water lures, Rat-L-Traps, slabs
Contact: Royce Simmons
903-389-4117
[email protected]
www.gonefishin.biz
Tips: The hot summer months are ideal for schooling top water white bass action and the Pelican Island area is always a good hotspot to check out in the early morning. Literally acres of whites will be chasing shad to the surface and feeding on them and Pelican is as good as any spot to find them. Tie on just about any small shiny top water lure and you’re in business. I like a clear Tiny Torpedo or about the smallest blue/chrome Rat-L-Trap you can throw on a spinning rod. When the fish stop feeding on the surface, don’t leave right away as you can often catch them slabbing off the bottom. This type of fishing is about as much FUN as you can find and ideal for kiddos!

Location: Lake Somerville
Hotspot: Little Crappie Point
GPS: N 30 18.5001, W 96 31.7601
(30.3083, -96.5293)

Lake Somerville

Lake Somerville Little Crappie Point

Species: Crappie
Best Baits: Minnows, jigs in light blue or grey
Contact: Weldon Kirk
979-229-3103
[email protected]
www.fishtales-guideservice.com
Tips: Fish 1/16 oz. jigs. Try free falling jig and try lowering jig to brush pile slowly. Minnows under a cork, fished right above brush or large rocks, works as well.

LOCATION: Stillhouse Hollow Lake
HOTSPOT: Timbered Shoreline
GPS: N31 2.12478, W97 34.75896
(31.035413, -97.579316)

Stillhouse Hollow Lake

Stillhouse Hollow Lake Timbered Shoreline

SPECIES: largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: Topwater lures, jigworm, Texas-rigged soft plastics
CONTACT: Bob Maindelle
254-368-7411
[email protected]
HoldingTheLineGuideService.com
TIPS: Fish topwaters up through 9 a.m. Use Bass Assassin-style soft plastics and Zara Spook style lures to match forage size. After the topwater bite dies go with Watermelon-seed or Smoke, blue-red flake soft plastics around emergent or submerged timber.

Location: Lake Tawakoni
Hotspot: Sycamore Cove
GPS: N 32 55.818, W 95 58.8
(32.9303, -95.9800)

Lake Tawakoni

Lake Tawakoni Sycamore Cove

Species: Striped Bass
Best Baits: Carolina rigs, live shad
Contact: Andrew Taylor, Lake Tawakoni Guide Service
(903) 269-6587
[email protected]
www.Laketawakoni.guide
Tips: In August, you will find me Carolina rigging shad on 24” leaders. Typically, I’m structure fishing early in the day, hitting humps and sides of embankments. After the sun gets up and the water starts to turn warm, I typically head out to deep water, around 35’-45’. I spend a lot of time on my electronics searching for schools of stripers. Once a school is located and depending on the size, I figure out how we will set up on them. If the schools are moving super-fast, I like to set up a slow drift, dragging large threadfins. If the schools seem to commit and hold under the boat, we will “Spotlock” and let them feed under us.

Location: Lake Texoma
Hotspot: Juniper Point and the Islands
GPS: N 33 51.888, W 96 49.8779
(33.8648, -96.8313)

Lake Texoma

Lake Texoma Juniper Point and the Islands

Species: Striped Bass
Best Baits: Top water lures, Sassy Shad jigs
Contact: Bill Carey
903-786-4477
[email protected]
www.striperexpress.com
Tips: “The big fish move onto the flats in August. Early mornings, cast Pencil Poppers and Chug Bugs on the shallow banks. Mid-morning, change your lures to Sassy Shad soft plastics. Concentrate on the flats that run about twenty feet in depth. Locate the creek channel and drop offs as these are the routes the fish use to move up from deep water. Later in the morning, when the seagulls arrive, pay close attention to the birds as they are the best fish finder. Bank Access: West Juniper Point and Mill Creek Flats”

Location: Lake Whitney
Hotspot: Old Hwy 22 Road Bed & Mouth of Little Rocky Creek
GPS: N 31 52.038, W 97 23.1659
(31.8673, -97.3861)

Lake Whitney

Lake Whitney Old Hwy 22 Road Bed & Mouth of Little Rocky Creek

Species: Striped Bass
Best Baits: White buck tail jigs and white Snake worm trailers, white jigs with chartreuse, Snake worm trailers from Striper Sniper Tackle
Contact: Randy Routh
817-822-5539
[email protected]
www.teamredneck.net
Tips: Down-rigging and trolling is still the ticket on Whitney during the summer months. This is a little later bite than the norm. The best bites down-rigging seem to be after 8:30 AM and last until mid-afternoon. Fishing like this is a great way to kick back enjoy the scenery and catch a lot of fish plus it keeps the boat moving and creates a breeze on these dog days of summer. The key is to note on your graph where the thermocline is and set your baits just above it. I like to also target areas where the thermocline meets structure and pull white-on-white jigs and trailers or any combination of white and chartreuse at 19’ to 22’ in areas like along the roadbed at the State Park and around the mouth of Little Rocky creek.

 

 

PANHANDLE

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Lake Alan Henry
Hotspot: Mouth of Rocky Creek
GPS: N 33 1.698, W 101 6.504
(33.0283, -101.1084)

Lake Alan Henry

Lake Alan Henry Mouth of Rocky Creek

Species: Largemouth Bass
Best Baits: Large soft plastic worms
Contact: Norman Clayton’s Guide Services
806-792-9220
[email protected]
www.lakealanhenry.com/fishing-guides.html
Tips: “August is the perfect month to try to fish at night and beat the heat. At night you have the lake to yourself. It’s cool and the fish usually bite. At night, I fish mostly the clear water area on Alan Henry with big worms. The clear water will mostly be found near the dam area. If fishing in the day time, you will need to use your depth finder to locate the schools of shad. If you find the shad, you will find the bass. The bass this time of year will be schooled up in the channels of the
creeks and in the mouths of the creeks. The shad schools can be anywhere, and it changes from day to day. Here today – gone tomorrow. Fish fun – fish safe!”
• • •
Location: Possum Kingdom
Hotspot: Stump Patch
GPS: N 32 52.516, W 98 29.427
(32.8753, -98.4905)

Possum Kingdom

Possum Kingdom Stump Patch

Species: Stripers, hybrids
Best Baits: Live shad, Mister Twister trailers, stick baits, topwaters
Contact: Dean Heffner
940-329-0036
[email protected]
Tips: The fish have made their migration to the dam and it`s an early morning/late evening/cloudy day bite. The old wives’ tale, “Early bird gets the worm,” is very true this time of year. Live shad is always best for bait but trolling also works well this time of year. We use Mister Twister trailer tails this time of year because fish just can`t resist them. Big stick baits and hard broken tail baits work well but find a sandy flat and drag them around to find out how deep they run before running them, so you don’t lose them in the trees or rocks. Topwater action is great at daylight, under the clouds or at dusk. My preferred bait is a POP-R but there’s so many versions out now there is too many to name but stick to ones that walk the dog or like the Pop-R goes “bloop-bloop versus the prop baits for some reason that works well on Whitney but not at PK.

 

BIG BEND

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
LOCATION: Lake Amistad
HOTSPOT: Box Canyon
GPS: N29 31.4325, W101 10.209
(29.523875, -101.170150)

Lake Amistad

Lake Amistad Box Canyon

SPECIES: largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: Texas-rigged plastic worms, Senkos, crawdad-colored medium-diving crankbaits
CONTACT: Larry Scruggs
210-789-1645
TIPS: Fish the backs of the pockets with crankbaits and plastic worms early and then move out to the points and edges of hydrilla beds from late-morning until mid-day. Return to the backs of the coves during the late-evening hours for more active fish.

 

HILL COUNTRY

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Lake Buchanan
Hotspot: Mid-Lake to Dam Area
GPS: N 30 46.53, W 98 25.2119
(30.7755, -98.4202)

Lake Buchanan

Lake Buchanan Mid-Lake to Dam Area

Species: Striped Bass
Best Baits: Live shad
Contact: Clancy Terrill
512-633-6742
[email protected]
www.centraltexasfishing.com
Tips: Fish mid-lake to the dam early morning and late evening. Fish drifting or anchored with 5-8” live shad. Concentrate on 25-30 foot depths on humps and ridges around Flag Island. Mid-day fish near or just above the trees in 50-70 foot of water.
• • •
Location: Lake Buchanan
Hotspot: Main Lake
GPS: N 30 45.7619, W 98 25.638
(30.7627, -98.4273)

Lake Buchanan

Lake Buchanan Main Lake

Species: Striped Bass and White Bass
Best Baits: White 1/2 oz. jigs with either white or chartreuse flirts or worms, Long A 15’s or 16’s in black or blue back gold or silver flash, both of the above on downriggers, live shad, live bluegills
Contact: Ken Milam
325-379-2051
[email protected]
www.striperfever.com.com
Tips: “Stripers will be in the main lake looking for cooler water! Trolling white 1/2 oz. jigs with either white or chartreuse flirts or worms is a good tactic. Trolling Long A 15’s or 16’s in black or blue back gold or silver flash is another good bet. Use all of this with your downriggers! Live shad or blue gills will be the best baits overall. White bass will be in mid lake area around Garret Island or Shaw Island. Fish tree tops along the old river bed as well.”

Location: Canyon Lake
Hotspot: Scuba Diver’s Point
GPS: N 29 51.8879, W 98 12.8399
(29.8648, -98.2140)

Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake Scuba Diver’s Point

Species: Striped Bass
Best Baits: Rapala Snap Rap in gold orange color
Contact: Capt. Steve Nixon, Fishhooks Adventures
(210) 573-1230
[email protected]

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Tips: “Fish this area from 40 to 60 feet deep and look for schools of striped bass on your fish finder. When located, I hold the boat in place with my trolling motor and vary presentations with the Snap Rap until we get a strike. The west side of the point seems to produce best. Tight lines and fish on!”

 

SOUTH TEXAS PLAINS

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
Location: Coleto Creek Lake
Hotspot: Sulphur Creek
GPS: N 28 43.32, W 97 11.6759
(28.7220, -97.1946)

Coleto Creek Lake

Coleto Creek Lake Sulphur Creek

Species: Largemouth Bass
Best Baits: 1/2 oz. white Lunker buzzbait
Contact: Rocky’s Guide Service
361-960-0566
Tips: As a rule, this is our hottest month in south Texas so take plenty to drink and some extra for those on your boat that might forget. Also, we never know when a break down might happen! If you want some fun, tie on a 1/2 oz. white Lunker buzzbait very early morning or very late evening. Slow roll it along any structure, rocks, grass and docks, even during a little rain shower. I consider this a big bass bait – more or less in the same category as a spinnerbait. You’re sure to draw a big bite.
• • •
LOCATION: Lake Calaveras
HOTSPOT: Corvina Cove
GPS: N29 17.2557, W98 19.70952
(29.287595, -98.328492)

Lake Calaveras

Lake Calaveras Corvina Cove

SPECIES: catfish
BEST BAITS: Punch bait, cut shad
CONTACT: Capt. Steve Nixon, Fishhooks Adventures
(210) 573-1230
[email protected]
http://www.sanantoniofishingguides.com
TIPS: The warmer water temperatures are keeping the channel catfish in deeper water along the edges of the creek channel. Target 15 to 22 feet. Use soured maize to chum two to three areas 30 minutes before fishing. The morning action will be best.

LOCATION: Falcon Lake
HOTSPOT: Siesta Shores Coves
GPS: N26 51.63138, W99 15.6111
(26.860523, -99.260185)

Falcon Lake

Falcon Lake Siesta Shores Coves

SPECIES: largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: Plunker-type topwater lures, 11-inch plastic worms, deep-diving crankbaits
CONTACT: Robert Amaya
956-765-1442
TIPS: Use topwater lures early near the shoreline and then after mid-morning fish the outside edges of the submerged brush with Texas-rigged plastic worms and deep-diving crankbaits at 12 to 18 feet deep.

 

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