Weather forecasters aren’t willing to say the drought of 2011 is over, but many lakes and streams are looking alive again after recent rains. There are plenty of fish out there if you know where to cast your bait.
The legendary Lake Fork is 6 feet below normal, but most boat ramps are still usable, and with less water it may be easier to find the fish.
Lake Fork produced the first Toyota ShareLunker of the 2011-2012 season on December 27, and three 12-pound largemouth bass were caught there in January.
In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Grapevine Lake was sitting above full pool level early this week. It has good populations of white, largemouth and spotted bass, a developing population of smallmouth bass, and good populations of blue and channel catfish.
Lake Waco is also slightly above full. Flooded timber offers hiding places for largemouth bass and crappie, and inflows from the three forks of the Bosque River should make for good white bass runs. There’s 30-45 inch slot limit on blue cats at this lake.
Power plant cooling lakes tend to keep stable levels and are good places to fish in early spring.
Staff biologist Marcos De Jesus recommends Fayette Lake near La Grange, with Lake Bastrop and Austin’s Walter E. Long Lake running close behind. Coleto Creek Reservoir near Victoria has good fisheries for bass, crappie and catfish, and is getting good reviews on fishing forums. A February electrofishing survey at Coleto Creek revealed plenty of bass in the shallows (
In deep East Texas, Sam Rayburn Reservoir and Toledo Bend Reservoir should offer excellent fishing this spring. Water levels are up, and surviving aquatic vegetation is providing good habitat for spawning bass and crappie. Boaters should be cautious of underwater stumps even during high water conditions.
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