505 Staples Road
San Marcos, Texas 78666
Marcos De Jesus, Biologist
Lady Bird (formerly Town Lake)
Location: On the Colorado River in downtown Austin
Surface area: 468 acres
Maximum depth: 18 feet
Conservation Pool Elevation: 428 ft. msl
Normal Clarity: Clear to slightly stained
Reservoir Controlling Authority
City of Austin
124 W. 8th
Austin, Texas 78701
Predominant Fish Species
No contour maps are available.
This reservoir has special regulations on some fishes. See bag and size limits for this lake. Outboard motors are not allowed on Lady Bird Lake, but anglers may use electric trolling motors.
Lady Bird Lake contains an excellent population of largemouth bass. It is not uncommon for anglers to catch and release 20-30 bass per day in the 2-3 pound size range. Quality panfishing is also available. This reservoir contains some very large redear and redbreast sunfish. It is also a popular fishery for large carp (over 30 pounds).
Most of the cover on this reservoir is located along the bank and consists of laydown logs and trees, overhanging brush, cypress tree roots, bulrush, and cattails. Some submerged aquatic vegetation can be found in the lower end of the lake near the Longhorn Dam. This vegetation grows on humps located offshore. There are also some weedbeds in the upper end of the lake. Barton Creek enters on the south side at approximately mid-lake. The water in this spring-fed creek remains warm during the winter.
Because of the clear water conditions, this can be an excellent night fishing lake for largemouth bass. Casting white spinnerbaits and topwaters or pitching jigs with medium to medium-heavy bait casting tackle to the shoreline cover often works well. For live-bait fishing try minnows suspended under corks along the shoreline cover. Sight fishing for bass during the spring spawn is also popular. Sunfish are fun to catch on a fly rod or with light spinning tackle. Large common carp have been caught using prepared baits.