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Fishing Report - First 2 weeks of April 2013

Bass fishing was very good the first 2 weeks of April.  The hardest obstacle was the wind.  It seems this year has been more windy than usual or I am just getting older and more intolerant of fighting the winds and waves.  We caught bass at Choke Canyon, Dunlap and Canyon that were still loaded with eggs.  The water temperature of Choke was 70 to 73 degrees, Dunlap 72 to 74 degrees and Canyon 63 to 65 degrees.  I am fishing the San Marcos River today and LBJ next week.

I cannot tell you the reason, because it’s a mystery to me, but I have not been able to put a good bite together with big baits this year.  I stocked up early and almost always fish them first but finally switch to smaller baits to catch numbers of bass.  My guess is that the lack of fresh water and lakes dropping plays a part.  From what I have seen, most of these lakes will not have a good spawn this year.  Having now discouraged you, we are catching good numbers of bass up to 5 pounds.  The crappie on Choke are really hitting good and we are catching some good size ones, even while bass fishing.

Our best success with bass has been in very shallow water, 1-8 feet, with 4” to 7” plastic worms and lizards.  Zoom, Robo, Yum various shades of watermelon, pumpkin and other natural bait colors have produces very well.  Rigging these baits on shaky heads, drop-shot. Carolina and wacky and fishing slow with long pauses is doing the trick.

Side note: I included a photo of some alligators on Choke.

Why not quit procrastinating and schedule your guided outing today, while the weather is still mild.

Apr 17, 2013 at 4:49 AM