Hill Country Region Week of March 29, 2023
- GOOD. Water clear; 62 degrees; 0.67 feet below pool. Don’Bass are good out to 10 feet of water using Alabama rigs with white swimbaits, or jerkbaits around docks. Crappie and catfish are good in brush piles on minnows. Report Kevin McConnell, McConnell Outdoor Adventure. Lady Bird Lake is 65 degrees. The lower end of the lake has been stained for the last few days from recent rains. Fish are shallow eating lightweight plastics and swimbaits. Upper end of the lake is very clear. Dropshots and small plastics worked around the bank are producing numbers of fish and the occasional nice size bass. Topwater bite is hit-or-miss. Report by Carson Conklin, ATX Fishing.
- GOOD. Water stained; 60 degrees; 11.04 feet below pool. Largemouth females are staging in the 4-6 feet, but the males have moved up. 20 plus pound stringers are already being caught and should get better and better in the next few weeks. Target the salt cedars with senkos and search for the roaming females outside the salt cedars with a KVD 2.5 sexy shad. White bass are heating up all over the lake. Crappie fishing is really picking up around the few docks on the lake and the marina. Catfishing is good at night in shallow water with cut bait or live perch.
- SLOW. Water stained; 58-62 degrees; 8.67 feet below pool. Black bass to 10 pounds are excellent on jigs and crankbaits in 2-8 feet of water around spawning areas with a few on beds. Crappie are excellent and spawning near the mouth of the creeks in 2-5 feet of water. White bass are fair and scattered near the mouth of pockets on crankbaits. Catfish are good on cut bait near the flats and spawning areas.
- GOOD. Water clear; 66 degrees. Bass are good fishing crankbaits as close to the rocks as possible. Report by Aggie Anglers. Fish are biting off the boat docks and submerged structure in front of the restaurant. Crappie are good on small minnows and jigs. Catfish are good on worms and stink bait. Report by The Bait Barn.
- GREAT. Water lightly stained; 66 degrees; 18.46 feet below pool. The white bass are good trolling crankbaits, or vertically jigging shallow shorelines under the birds. Striped bass are hit-and-miss, trolling or vertically jigging under the birds. Note to boaters, with the lake level dropping be cautious as there are many treetops just under the water or sticking up only a few inches. Report by Travis Holland, TH Fishing.
- Canyon Lake
- FAIR. Water slightly stained; 60 degrees; 11.74 feet below pool. Bass can be caught slowly fishing a trick worm along grass edges, and slow rolling a swimbait over the grass. Report by Evan Coleman, Big Bassin Fishing.
- SLOW. Water lightly stained; 62` degrees; 0.15 feet above pool. Black bass are good on jigs and spinnerbaits fished in shallow timber. Crappie are good on jigs and minnows fished in 1-2 feet of water in spawning areas. White bass are good up river around Dickerson's Bottom. Blue catfish are good on jug lines baited with Zote Soap or shad. Yellow catfish are fair on live perch fished on trotlines. Report by Tommy Tidwell, Tommy Tidwell’s Granger Lake Guide Service.
- GOOD. Water stained; 65 degrees; 0.27 feet below pool. Catfish are good in 15-20 feet of open water with punch bait. Crappie are fair with live minnows or chartreuse jigs in 4-10 feet of water over brush piles. Report by Jess Rotherham, Texas Crappie Fishing Service.
- SLOW. Water lightly stained; 68 degrees; 82.39 feet below pool. Few reports and anglers on the water. Reports of kayakers having success near the dam.
- GOOD. Water clear; 67 degrees; 42.17 feet below pool. Bass fishing is weather dependent. On days without wind, fishing can be tough. Baifish were holding in 30 feet of water, with catches in 20 feet of water. On days with wind target main lake bluff walls with swimbaits. Report by Randal Frisbie, Central Texas Fishing Guide, LLC.
- GREAT. Water stained; 66 degrees; 11.05 feet below pool. Crappie are in 10-25 feet in open water suspended anywhere from 5-15 feet deep. Focus on main creek channels close to spawning areas fishing with Snacky lures FS200 with eyehole jig heads in 1/16th ounce and we used the "bucks ultimate" rods from BNM Poles in 10 feet. Look for standing timber or brush in these areas as they usually hold a few fish in them as well. Report by Robert Stover, Workingman Crappie Guide. White and black bass are spawning. Male crappie are shallow and the females are in 8-12 feet of water. Report by Zach Minnix, JigNJerk Guide Service.
- Walter E. Long
- GOOD. Water stained; 67 degrees. Bass fishing has improved with a few smaller fish on beds. There are a few more days of pre-spawn then the big mamas will start bedding. Report by David Townsend, Austin Fishing Guide.
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