There are few things more satisfying than reeling in a fish at a favorite fishing spot. Of course there is also the inevitable solitude and peaceful time spent in the outdoors. A day on the water can offer a great respite from the workaday world. You will find some wonderful places to fish around Austin, without even driving very far. It is time to get away from it all, cast in a line and pull in some fish!
It is easy to get started. First you will need to get your fishing license, whether you are a resident or a Texas visitor. Be familiar with fishing rules and regulations in Texas, and then simply have fun! A long list of lakes gives you the opportunity to pick and choose where you want to head this weekend.
Walter E. Long Reservoir should be your first stop. Metropolitan Park has picnic tables where you can take a break and have lunch, in between catching largemouth bass, striped bass or some nice-sized catfish. If you want to catch those largemouth bass, concentrate your efforts around the edges of the reservoir where there are high quantities of submerged vegetation. Crank your crankbait over the top of the grass and you’ll almost certainly make a catch. Also try your plastic worms and jigs during the day, but earlier in the morning and later in the evening, topwater baits will work best. Channel catfish love the stinkbait. Sunfish will respond heartily to meal worms and crickets.
If you love night fishing, you will love Lady Bird Lake to hook some largemouth bass. The lake provides all kinds of bank access, particularly at Festival Beach. Red Bud Island is also good up near Tom Miller Dam. Catch carp, catfish and sunfish as well. Bring light spinning tackle to try for the sunfish, and minnows for live-bait fishing.
Discover bass weighing in at around eight to ten pounds at Lake Austin. The weed beds along the shore are the best for these babies. During the summer months, the lake gets pretty crowded so fishing early in the morning or at night is best. Use plastic worms and jerkbaits when you want to use the artificial lures and minnows for live-bait fishing.
Lake Kyle is 19 acres of lake which provides great fishing. If the kids are with you and they get bored after a little fishing, there is a play area for them while you pull in some catfish or perch. Try between the beaver and lake dams to find some particularly large perch. Over five pound bass have been caught in this lake, so maybe you can go for a trophy catch.
Head up to Round Rock for more fishing options. You will find the park system in this metro area gives you access to all sorts of fishing. For instance, Meadow Lake offers the chance for you to pull out some bass or catfish. The bass are known to be of fairly good size here too. There is a lot of undeveloped shoreline where you can relax while you wait for that telling tug on your line.
Also in Round Rock you will find excellent fishing at Bright Lake. There is a fishing pier and plenty of bank access. Old Settlers Park is a great place for the kids too. You will find plenty of bass, perch and catfish. In between times fishing for that large fish, you can hike on any of the numerous hiking paths.
South of Austin you will find Bastrop State Park where you can engage in outdoor recreation of all kinds. Hiking is fun here, but fishing is the main choice. You can fish from the bank or from a canoe which you can rent right here at Lake Bastrop. This is known as THE place to go for bass even though they aren’t huge (mostly between two to five pounds). You can also find blue catfish, channel catfish and flatheads here. Try topwater bait when the water temps warm up more than 60 degrees in the summer months. When using plastic worms, the best colors are june bug, watermelon, and tequila sunrise. It is anybody’s guess why this is so, but give it a shot.
There is nothing like fishing around Austin, enjoying the wonderful climate of Texas and spending time in the sun or under the shade of a tree. A fishing vacation is one of the best kinds for all members of the family. Take some time and explore Austin and its most popular “fishing holes” before summer is over.
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