Chubs wrote:Hey Ron, I got your PDF thanks.
Just a few questions.
Do you target the bass at the upstream part of the lakes?
Like for Canyon Lake - you'd go up the Guadalupe river to the 1st few rapids?
What was the Strategy about using River flow, river gage height, and Lake height for? To tell if you are in a drought year or not?
Can white bass fishing be done also with casting/spinning gear? I don't have a fly rod. What sort of tackle might be appropriate?
The early part of the run - staging - is the time to fish a kayak in the top end of the still water.
Rebecca's Creek boat ramp is a great place to launch for the top of Canyon.
Once the run is established, we go the other way hike/wade to fish the rapids that will pinch fish on their way up.
We've caught them as far up as Mueller falls. In high flows they can get around Mueller falls and keep going up.
During the drought, a summer monsoon rain kicked a false run, and stripers and whites were trapped in the pool below Mueller falls - we caught them all summer.
TPWD stocked white bass in Flat Rock Dam (Kerrville) 5 or 6 years ago. They're all over the upper Guadalupe now, and in that cooler water, the run lasts into June. This is a June white caught down from Center Point Lion's Park
Of course right below Flat Rock Dam is also great wade-fishing water, and you'll find them below Ingram Dam, too.
A Thanksgiving freeze, btw, will also kick a false run in the fall (all males) - tore them up one day at Tejas camp, and stepped through ice at the very edge of the river - caught (and released) over 100 fish.
Using the links - some of this is getting to know your water, but lake height will often tell you how far they can go.
For instance, if Medina is low, they can't get over a waterfall about a mile above Pop's. When that shelf is under the lake, they can go all the way to Bandera.
Runoff from rain trips the run - they taste the water coming into the lake and know when high flows will let them get farther upriver - that's when they run.
Use the gauges and weather links to look for those rising flow events in the river. http://waterdata.usgs.gov/tx/nwis/curre ... y=basin_cd
check this every time you go anywhere, and learn your water - so you'll know what flow readings mean.
But on the 2-week display, look for those rising and falling flow events to trip the run and load fish in pools.
Can't beat being there 24-48 hours after a good warm rain. Nexrad and 24-hour historic rainfall is your friend.
With good timing and a good pinch - the "sunken" bridge at the top of Lake Georgetown, I caught 50 white bass on consecutive casts one day - yes, best day ever. The lake level was down so the sunken bridge was exposed, and the entire run had to climb a skinny gravel bar riffle where I was standing. They were spawning on the gravel bar all around my feet - their backs were out of the water. I had 17 2-y-o males on my stringer that afternoon - I filleted into the night.