Ron Mc wrote:way too early for Medina - try closer to Easter.Have you been fishing Medina? I have a friend who moved near Helotes and wants to hit the pipe creek area for bass and carp. What do you think?
They're probably running at the state WMA at the mouth of the Devil's River.
Ron Mc wrote:I grew up fishing the Medina, up from the lake in a boat, and camping at Ruede's.In castroville do they run out of a lake?
I understand Gene has long-since closed his camp because of a lawsuit over his Red Bluff cable bridge and catwalk (more of a duckwalk).
Also heard English Crossing is not good access because of neighborhood friction, so paddling upriver from Pop's is probably the thing to do (take advantage of the paddle to troll).
Slept under my hat on gravel bars many nights at Ruede's Camp.
I have seen early white bass in the Medina at Castroville - Landmark Inn SP.
bones72 wrote:I have three reports (one completely confirmed) there are some at Colorado Bend State park already this year. An acquittance caught a fair amount of whites and about fifteen crappie a week ago.
Jimbo_47 wrote:"Slept under my hat on gravel bars many nights at Ruede's Camp."
I also have fond memories fishing there and that old rickety foot bridge back in the early 70's. I pulled many a stringer out of those pools.....Too bad those days are gone!
Ron Mc wrote:They come to lights at night in all the highland lakes.
We used to catch them in the summer from a boat dock at a camp on Lake LBJ - same with the lighted pier at Inks Lake SP.
The pay fishing piers at Kingsland can be great jigging for them at night, good in the summer, and great when they're staging to run up the Pedernales before the spawn.
We also fished crack of dawn jumps for them on the Lake LBJ structure, pretty much year-round, and got really good at it - we caught 50-fish limits back then.
There's a clockwork jump every afternoon on the rocks at Mansfield County Park on Travis.
I've seen stationary pod fish between runs on the Medina, and a school in a cove on Canyon sipping tricos during a hatch, and you couldn't buy a strike on anything other than a dry fly.
(I've caught endemic bass in tailouts that way, too.)
I've fished Bend many times. While the fish are big, the combat fishing is tough there because of the deep river and limited wading water - of course you can fish from a kayak down past Lemmon's Camp if you can paddle your way back up (or shuttle from Tow).
Tejas Camp spreads over 4 miles of wading water.
Catching white bass is one thing - planning around the spawning runs is another, and I've compiled 40 years' worth of data.
In most of their range, the spawning runs are spread over months, but in our deep, cold reservoirs, the runs are concentrated to weeks - shorter and later after dry winters, longer and beginning earlier after wet winters.
There are 21 2-y-o males on this stringer from Tejas Camp - caught many more, but only kept the two-year-old males.
Finished the other four for my limit while I was letting friends fillet from my stringer.
I've also caught five rare 4-y-o males over my life, 19-21". One late-run day at Tejas Camp found one of those with a harem - caught him, kept him on my stringer until I caught and released nine of his females, then released him. This was weeks after everyone else had quit fishing and believed no more white bass were there.
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