Location: 40 miles northwest of San Antonio
in Bandera and Medina counties
Surface area: 5,426 acres
Maximum depth: 152 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 1,064 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Large fluctuations, up to 40 feet, based on area rainfall
Normal Clarity: Clear
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District
440 FM 3240
Bandera, TX 78003
Predominant Fish Species
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
Largemouth bass are always a favorite of many anglers. Smallmouth bass can be found around rocky outcrops. The hybrid striped bass population is currently very good in the reservoir, with many keeper-sized fish ready to strike. Quality white bass are present in small numbers and can be caught using small spoons or shad imitating jigs off open water points. There are also good numbers of sizable channel and blue catfish in the 2-5 pound range with a few much bigger.
|Hybrid Striped Bass|
Medina Lake has a variety of coves, rocky outcrops, and tributary creek beds.
For largemouth bass, try fishing deep drop-offs near points in the warmer months using jigs or shad imitating lures. Smallmouth bass can be found around rocky outcrops using crawfish-colored crankbaits and jigs. Hybrid striped bass have been concentrating around open water points and humps and in deep water near the dam. Troll spoons or rattle traps in deep water with down-riggers or use chicken liver for bait. White bass can be caught using small spoons or shad imitating jigs off open water points. Look for schools breaking the surface and throw topwater lures past the school and drag your lure through with a fast retrieve. For catfish, use chicken liver, blood bait, or shad in deep coves that have feeder creeks (even if the creeks are not currently flowing).