Lake Bastrop Fishing in South Texas
Well, where do I begin this adventure to this small but popular fishing destination right here in the heart of Texas. One of the top bass fisheries in my eyes. However, I am sure it has nothing on lakes like Falcon Lake, Lake Fork or Lake Amistad. Regardless, it was by far the best kayak fishing experience I have ever had. In Texas there are a lot more man-made lakes than natural lakes, but it does not matter to the fish because the bass fishing is amazing. Right about now I am sure you are eager to hear the name of the lake I am referring too… Okay, fine I’ll tell you all it is Lake Bastrop!
Lake Bastrop is only 906 acres as this lake helps cool down a power plant, so the water is always warm there which means even during the winter or cooler months Lake Bastrop fishing is on fire. The bass are very aggressive and active all the time and believe it or not you can catch up to 40 plus bass in a day. I talked with a few locals and heard that some have even had 100+ in a day and the quality is not too bad— with bass averaging 3 pounds or more.
We were planning on going to College Station to work on my buddy’s house and I realized we would be passing by this awesome lake, so we decided to try it out for our first time ever and needless to say Lake Bastrop fishing was the best fishing I’ve had yet. Since this was our first time fishing this lake we had no idea where to launch our kayaks so we punched it in our Google Maps and found out that North Shore was for public access. Once we arrived to the lake they had an “Honor System” at the entrance which means they are trusting you to pay your access fee of only $5 dollars and have a nice day. Unfortunately, you don’t see that very often these days anymore.
Shortly after arriving to the lake we had no idea what to really expect but only the stories we have heard about Lake Bastrop fishing and at first we saw the water was somewhat high and quite murky, but we were not going to let that kill our hopes. We unloaded our kayaks and launched them as the wind was howling on the main lake so we decided to fight the wind across the lake to use the cover that the pine tree provided.
Slowly, we worked our way along the bank throwing search baits, Texas rigged plastics and flipping jigs. Quickly, I found a pattern and they were in heavy cover by the reeds and my go to bait—jig with craw trailer, was killing it. The bite was on and unfortunately we did not expect this much cover so almost every other fish we had to re-tie in order not to break off. Also, for some reason fish in power plant lakes fight harder than your average bass from a local pond.
Then at last after making our way back into an arm of the lake and we come to find out there is a hot water discharge and in the distant we see bass feeding heavily but we didn’t want to rush over there and skip past all the other fishing spots. When we made it back there it was instant Fish-ON!! It was cast after cast, double up after double up then BOOM my buddy Tom hooked up to the biggest fish of the trip—5lbs Largemouth Bass. I don’t know what it is about being outdoors with good company but I’ll take it over a night out on the town every time!
The day was winding down and we were getting hungry and still had to drive another hour forty-five so we kayaked back across the lake and all you heard were frogs croaking, fishing hitting top-water and crickets singing in the night and occasionally you could see fire-fly’s dancing across the horizon, the perfect way to end an awesome day on the water.
We got on the road to College station. The next day we could not get it out of our heads about how awesome our fishing trip was and how we wanted to have another day just like that or better. We finished the work that needed to be done and Tom looked at me with excitement in his eyes and says, “…you down to rip some lips again or go to North Gate?” I didn’t even have to think about it and I said, “You bet-cha!!” So we loaded up my Jackson Cuda kayak and Pelican yak and sped to do some more lake bastrop fishing. We were like little kids in candy shop being told by our parents could get anything we wanted, the level of excitement was unbelievable.
On the way, we made a game plan on where we should start and we had no doubt on what spot we were going to go to first– the hot water discharge. But then again we couldn’t pass up all those other good spots so here and there we stopped and ripped a couple of lips then we finally arrived to the main attraction and it was FISH ON!!
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