HOTSPOTS: Freshwater – September 2019

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

PINEY WOODS

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
LOCATION: Sam Rayburn Lake
HOTSPOT: Mudd Creek
GPS: N 31 11.868, W 94 18.1559
(31.1978, -94.3026)

Sam Rayburn Lake

Sam Rayburn Lake Mudd Creek

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Senkos, chatterbaits, squarebill shallow crankbaits.
CONTACT: Mike Knight
936-635-2427
[email protected]
www.easttxfishingguide.com
TIPS: September at Sam Rayburn is one of my favorite months. The bass will be active all over the lake. There should be lots of surface schooling activity. Try shad colored top water lures with propellers on one or both ends. The water temps will be starting to drop a little and the shallow bite will pick up around grass beds and secondary points.
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LOCATION: Caddo Lake
HOTSPOT: Alligator Bayou
GPS: N 32 43.152, W 94 5.43
(32.7192, -94.0905)

Caddo Lake

Caddo Lake Alligator Bayou

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Soft plastic worms, frogs, creature baits
CONTACT: Caddo Lake Guide Service/Paul Keith
318-455-3437
[email protected]
www.caddolakefishing.com
TIPS: Fish the bends and intersections throughout this bayou and other similar areas. I like to use hollow body or paddle feet type frogs early and late here as well as on cloudy days. During the bright part of the day, use your 1/8 oz. to 1/4 oz. weighted Texas-rigged dark colored worms along the edges of the grass and pads. Dark colored creature baits like beavers and brushhogs weighted with a 1 oz weight and heavy braided line can be pitched into and punched through the heavy matted vegetation from close distances. This technique is usually where you will catch the larger bass.

LOCATION: Lake Conroe
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 30 26.226, W 95 35.508
(30.4371, -95.5918)

Lake Conroe

Lake Conroe Main Lake

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Pop’rs, spinnerbaits
CONTACT: Richard Tatsch
936-661-7920
[email protected]
www.fishdudetx.com
TIPS: With the first cold fronts of the year beginning to move in, the bass will begin to feed on shad in preparation for the cold weather when they will begin to selectively feed. This is good for us fishermen who enjoy the top water bite and the aggressive strikes that a spinnerbait can bring. If you’re on the water this time of year here’s a tip: Immediately after a cold front (up to the 3rd day after) and if it is at daylight or an overcast day, locate the rip rap rock around the lake and start by throwing a small single blade spinner bait at the rocks then retrieving it back at a very fast rate where the bait is waking the surface. This is a very productive and very fast way to catch a number of fish that will attempt to pull the rod out of your hand. The next thing to try would be a Pop’r lure. Work this bait in the same areas and alternate between the spinnerbait to determine which they want on that particular day. Bank Access: Stowaway Marina

LOCATION: Lake Fork
HOTSPOT: Ray Branch
GPS: N 32 48.576, W 95 34.2779
(32.8096, -95.5713)

Lake Fork

Lake Fork Ray Branch

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Zara Spook with a white belly, Yellow Magic with a white belly, chrome Rat-L-Trap, white swimbait, watermelon red Baby Brush Hog, bass jig in black, brown, amber
CONTACT: Doug Shampine
940-902-3855
[email protected]
www.lakeforktrophybass.com
TIPS: September is the start of fall fishing on Lake Fork. We will start getting cool fronts which will cool the water temperature and start the bass feeding for the fall. Schooling bass can be found in the mouth of the Chaney Branch, feeding on the big shad schools moving around in that area. The action will normally stop about 10 AM so turn your attention to the main lake points with a Carolina rigged Baby Brush Hog or bass jig will do the trick . Look in the 17-22 ft range and watch for bait fish. Dale and Ray branch are good places to check out the main lake points.

LOCATION: Lake Fork
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 32 51.4019, W 95 33.168
(32.8567, -95.5528)

Lake Fork

Lake Fork Main Lake

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Top water lures, small crankbaits, Texas-rigged worms, Carolina-rigged Grandebass Airtail Rattlesnakes, Victory Jigs with a Mega Claws trailer
CONTACT: Lance Vick
903-312-0609
[email protected]
www.guideonlakefork.com
TIPS: The dog days of summer are coming to an end. The key to finding bass in September is to find the shad. Oxygen levels in the lake dictate where the shad will be at this time of the year. If the lake is turning over, shallow grass will hold bait and bass. If the lake is not turning over, the deep bite will be good on points and road beds. In the process of finding the shad, you should find the bass nearby.
LOCATION: Lake Livingston
HOTSPOT: Dam Area
GPS: N 30 37.974, W 95 1.5059
(30.6329, -95.0251)

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 early morning 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 10:30am, cleaning fish. Good luck fishing Livingston!”

LOCATION: Toledo Bend Lake
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 31 25.422, W 93 43.9919
(31.4237, -93.7332)

Toledo Bend Lake

Toledo Bend Lake Main Lake

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Top water lures, Rat-L-Traps, Texas rigged 10-inch worms, heavy football jigs, crankbaits
CONTACT: Mike Knight
936-635-2427
[email protected]
www.easttxfishingguide.com
TIPS: Toledo Bend in September is kind of the end of summer and start of fall. There will be some schooling activity with top water lures and Rat-L-Traps, mostly in the south below Pendleton bridge. Also there will most likely be some really good bass action early, and I mean EARLY, on main lake points. I’m talking 5:30am until 8:30am and then it’s over. There will be lots of big schools of offshore bass including some giants, but you need to know and trust your electronics. The good news is if you find one of those schools, they should be dependable all through the month. Try a Texas rig 10-inch worm, heavy football jigs and crankbaits that will run to 20+ feet deep.

LOCATION: Toledo Bend North
HOTSPOT: North End of Main Lake
GPS: N 31 42.492, W 93 49.092
(31.7082, -93.8182)

Toledo Bend North

Toledo Bend North North End of Main Lake

SPECIES: White Bass
BEST BAITS: Rat-L-Traps, tail spinners, slab spoons, shallow diving crankbaits
CONTACT: Greg Crafts, Toledo Bend Guide Service and Lake Cottages
936-368-7151
[email protected]
www.toledobendguide.com
TIPS: The summer is winding down and the whites are starting to migrate back to the north end of the lake. Use your electronics to locate the baitfish on the old river channel sand bars. Use Rat-L-Traps or shallow diving crank baits when the fish are breaking the surface. When they go down, switch to a slab spoon or drag a tail spinner. The whites will usually school in the same areas around the same time of day. Look for the birds dive bombing the baitfish that the whites have pushed to the surface as they are a great fish indicator.

 

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PRAIRIES & LAKES

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
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, 3/4-oz. slabs
CONTACT: Justin Wilson
214-538-2780
[email protected]
TIPS: Still feels like summer out there but the cool nights are starting to lower the water temps. White bass are still really good. Not seeing as much topwater as the past months but starting to see some big schools off the main lake points in 20-40 foot of water. Once you find them, jigging slabs off the bottom can make quick work of filling a cooler. The crappie bite is good, still catching quite a few smaller fish but the keeper/throwback ratio has been getting better with the occasional big fish. Look for these fish holding close to brush piles in 25-30 foot of water. Smaller piles that aren’t getting as much pressure are producing more keepers than some of the other popular piles. Jigs are working but the quality of fish seem to be better on minnows.
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LOCATION: Bachman Lake
HOTSPOT: Main Lake or Bridge Area
GPS: N 32 51.1859, W 96 52.014
(32.8531, -96.8669)

Bachman Lake

Bachman Lake Main Lake or Bridge Area

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Bass: spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps | Crappie: minnows and jigs
CONTACT: Carey Thorn
469-528-0210
[email protected]
TexasOklahomaFishingGuide.com
TIPS: For bass, throw spinnerbaits and Rat-L-Traps along the weed lines. Crappie are under the bridge this time of year. Minnows and jigs are your best bet right now.

LOCATION: Cedar Creek Lake
HOTSPOT: Main Lake Bridges
GPS: N 32 19.8119, W 96 9.9899
(32.3302, -96.1665)

Cedar Creek Lake

Cedar Creek Lake Main Lake Bridges

SPECIES: Crappie
BEST BAITS: 1/8oz.-1/16oz. crappie jigs
CONTACT: Jason Barber
903-603-2047
[email protected]
www.kingscreekadventures.com
TIPS: This month we are “bridge hopping” fishing for crappie. Get your favorite crappie rod and tie on a 1/16th oz. jig on calmer days and a 1/8th oz. jig on windy days. Multiple colors will work. Fish around all the pillars and look for suspended fish in 8’ to 15’ no matter the overall depth.

LOCATION: Eagle Mountain Lake
HOTSPOT: Twin Point Humps
GPS: N 32 53.155, W 97 29.658
(32.8859, -97.4943)

Eagle Mountain Lake

Eagle Mountain Lake Twin Point Humps

SPECIES: White bass
BEST BAITS: Slab with a fly 12-in. above
CONTACT: Johnny Stevens
817-597-6598
[email protected]
johnnysguideservice.com
TIPS: This area is three large humps in the middle of the lake. The top of these humps are 24 feet surrounded by 32 of water. Work the edges of these humps with your electronics. When fish are located jig up and down with your slab and fly. The humps can be worked by fan casting and hopping your slab and fly just off the bottom to the boat.

LOCATION: Lake Fayette
HOTSPOT: South East Trees
GPS: N 29 54.978, W 96 42.954
(29.9163, -96.7159)

Lake Fayette

Lake Fayette South East Trees

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: CJ’s punch bait, shad
CONTACT: Weldon Kirk
979-229-3103
[email protected]
www.fishtales-guideservice.com
TIPS: 10-12 foot water next to old road bed with stumps. Water is still hot, so look for fish close to bottom. Tight line or cork works here.

LOCATION: Gibbons Creek Reservoir
HOTSPOT: Eagle Point
GPS: N 30 37.92, W 96 2.7899
(30.6320, -96.0465)

Gibbons Creek Reservoir

Gibbons Creek Reservoir Eagle Point

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: Shad, cut bait
CONTACT: Weldon Kirk
979-229-3103
[email protected]
www.fishtales-guideservice.com
TIPS: The water depth is about 7 feet here. Use 2/0 Khale hooks and set several rods around the boat. Fish pass in and out of Sulphur Creek here so this is a good ambush point for catching them.

LOCATION: Lake Granbury
HOTSPOT: Twin Humps Near Town
GPS: N 32 26.404, W 97 46.977
(32.4401, -97.7830)

Lake Granbury

Lake Granbury Twin Humps Near Town

SPECIES: White bass
BEST BAITS: Holographic slabs in silver and chartreuse
CONTACT: Michael W. Acosta, Unfair Advantage Charters
817-578-0023
TIPS: Look for bait congregated on or near the bottom in around 15 to 20 ft of water. Work channel ledges and humps near deep water. Granbury water temperatures are generally in the 80’S as summer continues with a slow cool down towards fall. Summer patterns continue for most of the month. The Texas heat is starting to taper off, but fishing continues to be best early and late. Thermoclines are starting to disappear, and lake turnover is starting when the surface is cooling. White bass are located near structure and are feeding on near drop offs in 15 to 20 feet of water. Slabbing lead heads are best for putting sandies in the boat.

LOCATION: Granger Lake
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 30 42.042, W 97 20.862
(30.7007, -97.3477)

Granger Lake

Granger Lake Main Lake

SPECIES: Crappie & White Bass
BEST BAITS: Dan’s Jigs, slab spoons
CONTACT: Tommy Tidwell
512-365-7761
[email protected]
www.gotcrappie.com
TIPS: Right now is the best fishing of the year at Granger Lake. The crappie and white bass have been feeding all summer long and are very thick and meaty. It is possible to limit on both species in a half day of fishing. Crappie are all over the lake in structure of any kind. Standing timber is good now. Just look for timber in the clearer water and you will catch crappie. Vertical jigging with Dan’s Jigs will produce big catches. The lake has been up all year and that makes for big fish. White bass will be schooling on the humps and ridges out from the dam. The best lure is a slab spoon in 1/2 to 3/4 oz. Just hop the jig off the bottom to produce the larger fish. Good luck and good fishing.

LOCATION: Lake Lavon
HOTSPOT: Main Lake Points
GPS: N 33 3.726, W 96 27.768
(33.0621, -96.4628)

Lake Lavon

Lake Lavon Main Lake Points

SPECIES: White Bass
BEST BAITS: Slabs and swimbaits
CONTACT: Carey Thorn
469-528-0210
[email protected]
www.whitebassfishingtexas.com
TIPS: This is a good time of year for catching white bass on Lavon. Fish main lake points, focusing in 1-20 feet of water. Your best baits this time of year are slabs and swimbaits. Watch for the bite on the falling slab.

LOCATION: Lake Palestine
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 32 11.55, W 95 30.4079
(32.1925, -95.5068)

Lake Palestine

Lake Palestine Main Lake

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass and Crappie
BEST BAITS: Jigs, soft plastics,
CONTACT: Ricky Vandergriff
903-561-7299 or 903-530-2201
[email protected]
www.rickysguideservice.com
TIPS: “Bass fishing in September is good on Lake Palestine and can be caught a number of ways. One way is to fish shallow using a Big Eye swim jigs. Another way is to rig up a June bug colored plastic lizard, Texas-rigged and while rigging the Texas rig go on and get another rod and rig it with a Carolina rig. Now I like to always start shallow because there are so many shallow fish in a lake no matter where your fishing. Next, I will start with the Big Eye swim jigs working down the shallow water, fishing it up next to the grass and weeds. After I do this I will turn around and begin working my lizards. The lizards I like best are the Mister Twister brand. I can here you now ask, “”Why not another brand?”” My comeback is why? The Mister Twister company are the ones who made the first real lizards so if they were the first, why use a copy? I fish my lizards down the shoreline, fishing the shallow grass. After It warms up, I will move out deep with the Carolina rigs and I will spend the rest of my day fishing deep.”

LOCATION: Richland Chambers Lake
HOTSPOT: Highway 287 Bridge
GPS: N 32 0.336, W 96 12.4739
(32.0056, -96.2079)

Richland Chambers Lake Highway 287 Bridge

SPECIES: Crappie
BEST BAITS: Live minnows and crappie jigs
CONTACT: Royce Simmons
903-389-4117
[email protected]
www.gonefishin.biz
TIPS: As late summer and early fall approaches, the crappie on RC are on the brush piles and bridge columns. While the majority of our fishing trips are still for white bass, we often split a trip into two segments and fish first for whites and then crappie. It’s a nice way to avoid the heat that is on us in September as you can pull up under the Highway 287 Bridge, drop minnows down alongside the bridge columns and often end up with a nice cooler of Crappie. It’s always 10 degrees cooler in the shade of the bridge! A hint is to find the depth of the cross member of the bridge columns and fish just slightly above or below it. Crappie hang tight to structure most days and you will be surprised as to how many you may catch!

LOCATION: Lake Somerville
HOTSPOT: Rock Island Shoreline
GPS: N 30 18.708, W 96 31.674
(30.3118, -96.5279)

Lake Somerville

Lake Somerville Rock Island Shoreline

SPECIES: Catfish
BEST BAITS: Shad, liver, CJ’s punch bait
CONTACT: Weldon Kirk
979-229-3103
[email protected]
www.fishtales-guideservice.com
TIPS: Water depth drops off quick here so fish straight down by boat after chumming this area. It is best to use a tight line with 1/2 oz. egg sinker in this spot. Fishing is good here all through September.

LOCATION: Lake Tawakoni
HOTSPOT: Black Point
GPS: N 32 52.1099, W 96 2.3339
(32.8685, -96.0389)

Lake Tawakoni

Lake Tawakoni Black Point

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: As we look at the end of the hotter months of the year, you will find me Carolina rigging shad on 24” leaders. 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 “spot lock” and let them feed under us. Then we stay there as long as the bite continues. As we move into the fall, the patterns will change but the summer strategy we’ve been using will still work for this month.

LOCATION: Lake Texoma
HOTSPOT: Texas Flats and Mill Creek Flats
GPS: N 33 52.248, W 96 49.7939
(33.8708, -96.8299)

Lake Texoma

Lake Texoma Texas Flats and Mill Creek Flats

SPECIES: Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: Slabs and Coho Minnow jigs
CONTACT: Bill Carey
903-786-4477
[email protected]
www.striperexpress.com
TIPS: “Stripers are moving out of the deep water and roaming the flats in September. The lures of choice are slabs and jigs. Vertically jig 1oz. chrome, white and chartreuse slabs along the bottom in 10 to 30 foot depths. Coho minnow jigs in white glow color with a 3/4-ounce jig head and a four-inch inch tail are perfect for these hungry stripers. Cast the jigs and use a medium retrieve. If you find surfacing or swirling fish, cast the jig, hold your rod high and keep the jig subsurface.” Bank Access: Mill Creek Campsites.

LOCATION: Lake Whitney
HOTSPOT: Whitney Hump
GPS: N 31 54.672, W 97 20.868
(31.9112, -97.3478)

 

SPECIES: Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: Cut shad, striper jigs with trailers
CONTACT: Randy Routh
817-822-5539
[email protected]
www.teamredneck.net
TIPS: I am using cut gizzard shad on a Carolina rig and making long cast up on Whitney Hump. Big stripers are moving up on the hump early. After the sun comes up good, we are backing out and using live shad and fishing about 22 feet down along the edge of the hump in 32 feet of water. Mid-day downrigging, trolling with white striper jigs and white or chartreuse worm trailers at areas like McCowan Flats N31 55.452’. W97 24.628 is producing good stringers of fish.

 

PANHANDLE

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
LOCATION: Lake Cisco
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 32 26.418, W 98 59.305
(33.04445, -101.087194)

Lake Cisco

Lake Cisco Main Lake

SPECIES: Largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: Crankbaits, jerkbaits, chatterbaits, soft plastics
CONTACT: Michael D. Homer Jr.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
325-692-0921
[email protected]
TIPS: Early fall bass fishing at Lake Cisco should be a treat for many fishermen. Anglers can catch high numbers of little bass as well as take a chance at landing some ShareLunker-level bass. Lures such as crankbaits, suspending jerk baits, and chatterbaits are optimal. Texas-rigged soft plastics in natural colors also work well.
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LOCATION: Lake Alan Henry
HOTSPOT: Rocky Creek
GPS: N 33 1.7819, W 101 6.4619
(32.440303, -98.988417)

Lake Alan Henry

Lake Alan Henry Rocky Creek

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Deep diving crankbaits, bass jigs, spoons, worms, spinnerbaits
CONTACT: Norman Clayton’s Guide Services
806-792-9220
[email protected]
www.lakealanhenry.com/fishing-guides.html
TIPS: “September will find most of the bass in their deep water homes for the summer, and you will need to go deep to catch them. Shad or perch color will do the trick on lure color selection. You can use your electronics to find schools and then drop the lures right down on top of them. Start looking at the mouths of any creeks and work your way back until you locate the fish. Also, this is a great time of the year to beat the heat by going fishing at night using big dark colored worms or spinner baits. Fish points and the deep flats.

LOCATION: Possum Kingdom Res.
HOTSPOT: Broadway
GPS: N 32 52.125, W 98 32
(32.8688, -98.5333)

Possum Kingdom Res.

Possum Kingdom Res. Broadway

SPECIES: Striped bass, hybrids
BEST BAITS: Slabs, RatLTraps, crankbaits
CONTACT: Dean Heffner
940-329-0036
[email protected]
TIPS: It’s September and weather is about to cool off, the fish are starting their Fall migration but still some topwater action so be prepared if it happens. We are still downrigging and doing well but as always, quick limits with live Shad. Slabbin’ & thumpin’ will start being a good tool late in the month but the fish will be active and migrating so almost any technique will be working just have confidence in it. Flatlining rattletraps and crankbaits will also be working. Look for south wind days to be the best but any day on the lake is better than a day at work, so treat yourself to a day off in September and you’ll never regret it!

 

 

BIG BEND

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
LOCATION: Lake Amistad
HOTSPOT: National Recreational Area
GPS: N29 28.92252, W101 4.0596
(29.482042, -101.067660)

Lake Amistad

Lake Amistad National Recreational Area

SPECIES: largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: Carolina and Texas-rigged plastic worms, weightless Flukes, Pop Rs
CONTACT: Larry Scruggs, Amistad Lodge and Adventures, [email protected], 210-789-1645
TIPS: Fish topwater lures until first hour after daybreak and then switch to Flukes over the shallow hydrilla. Once the sun is high, go to plastic worms and fish the deeper hydrilla near the points and close to the mouths of coves.
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HILL COUNTRY

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
LOCATION: Lake Buchanan
HOTSPOT: Dam Area
GPS: N 30 45.732, W 98 25.716
(30.7622, -98.4286)

Lake Buchanan

Lake Buchanan Dam Area

SPECIES: Striped Bass and White Bass
BEST BAITS: Live shad, slabs
CONTACT: Ken Milam
325-379-2051
[email protected]
www.striperfever.com
TIPS: Stripers will be on lower end of the lake around the dam area. Also, you should be able to find them along the river channel. Use your fish finder to locate them. This time of year, live shad is usually a great bait. White bass will hold on old submerged trees along the river channel as well as ridges and humps off of the river channel.
• • •
LOCATION: Lake Buchanan
HOTSPOT: Main Lake
GPS: N 30 46.296, W 98 25.122
(30.7716, -98.4187)

Lake Buchanan

Lake Buchanan Main Lake

SPECIES: Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: Live shad
CONTACT: Clancy Terrill
512-633-6742
[email protected]
www.centraltexasfishing.com
TIPS: This time of year, live shad are your best bet for the striper bite. Keep in mind that high temperatures means lower oxygen levels in the water. Early in the day, drift or anchor humps and ridges in 30-40 feet of water. Then, late morning, fish over the tree tops in 50-60 feet of water.

LOCATION: Canyon Lake
HOTSPOT: Turkey Creek Point
GPS: N 29 51.726, W 98 13.1939
(29.8621, -98.2199)

Canyon Lake Turkey Creek Point

SPECIES: Striped Bass
BEST BAITS: Zoom fluke in white color
CONTACT: Capt. Steve Nixon, Fishhooks Adventures
210-573-1230
[email protected]
http://www.sanantoniofishingguides.com
TIPS: Trolling this area with downriggers 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!

 

 

SOUTH TEXAS PLAINS

• • • SPOTLIGHT • • •
LOCATION: Lake Calaveras
HOTSPOT: The Dam
GPS: N29 16.84686, W98 18.13878
(29.280781, -98.302313)

Lake Calaveras The Dam

SPECIES: redfish
BEST BAITS: Rat-L-Traps
CONTACT: Steve Nixon
210-573-1230
[email protected]fishingguides.com
sanantoniofishingguides.com
TIPS: Use a chrome Rat-L-Trap and troll it in front of the dam at 10 to 20 feet. The east end of the dam usually produces the most redfish.
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LOCATION: Coleto Creek Lake
HOTSPOT: Turkey Creek
GPS: N 28 44.7479, W 97 10.2659
(28.7458, -97.1711)

Coleto Creek Lake

Coleto Creek Lake Turkey Creek

SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BEST BAITS: Carolina rigs using large soft plastics like 10”-12” worms or lizards in watermelon red, Rat-L-Traps in silver and black
CONTACT: Rocky’s Guide Service
361-960-0566
TIPS: September will find fish getting a little more aggressive, trying to feed up while fry is still plentiful. Anything and everything they can get into their mouths on is fair game. I don’t think there are many baits that won’t work this month. Usually during the hottest months the best bet for bigger bass is to go deep – in the 10-30 foot range. Carolina rigs are good with bigger plastics like 10-12 inch worms or lizards. I’m always partial to watermelon red colored baits, dipped slightly in chartreuse. Bigger Rat-L-Traps can be productive also and I like silver and black colors on those. They really make good fish locators. Just a reminder: take plenty to drink and remember it’s more of the fishing than the catching that makes the trip!

LOCATION: Falcon Lake
HOTSPOT: Big Tiger
GPS: N26 43.55292, W99 9.49302
(26.725882, -99.158217)

Falcon Lake

Falcon Lake Big Tiger

SPECIES: largemouth bass
BEST BAITS: Lake Fork swimbaits, jigs, plastic worms
CONTACT: Robert Amaya
956-765-1442
[email protected]
robertsfishntackle.com
TIPS: Start the morning off using topwater lures in the backs of coves. Fish the standing brush in five to 10 feet of water off the points and in the larger coves with Texas-rigged plastic worms. Cast Swim Baits off rocky points and retrieve slowly.

 

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