Fishing Report Archive
April 7, 2016
Lots of fish being caught here at Lake Amistad. What a difference a couple of years can make! No, we are not back to the glory days of 2011 but we are head and shoulders above the fishing back in 2013 and 2014. It seems to me Lake Amistad is on her way back to being a better than average Texas lake. We are catching 25-40 fish per day depending on conditions and having some better fish in the 4lb plus range mixed in. The water levels continue to stay steady and currently are 1,092.52 above sea level or 24.48 feet below full pool of 1,117.00. Water temps are ranging from 65-69 degrees… the warmer water is in the rivers and backs of major creeks as the cooler water is associated with the main lake areas. I believe we are about 50/50 as far as spawned vs. pre-spawn fish. More spawned fish up the rivers and in creeks as the pre-spawners are on the main lake basin of the Devils and Rio Grande rivers. The recent new moon certainly pushed another wave shallow and by the end of Apr. the spawn will be complete with the last big wave when the full moon hits in about 2 weeks. A very good 5 fish tourney bag right now on the lake is 18-20lbs
Current Patterns -
Shallow: Square bill crank baits in the salt cedars producing the best numbers… you have to go through a lot of 11-13inch fish for keepers but it is lots of fun! I am going to sound like a broken record here but the jerkbait bite continues to be very good especially on windy days… Flipping and pitching plastics and working them slowly will produce a better size bass in the shallows but make sure you work that lure slowly… most of these fish are spawning and your best results come when the lure is at a rest.
Mid-Depth: Crankbaits that will run from 10-20 feet are producing some very nice fish as well as Carolina rigging. The iMA Beast Hunter and Strike King 6XD have been my goto baits depending on target depth. The key is being around the hydrilla and having some patience. You’re not going to catch numbers working these techniques but your quality will be much better.
Deep: I have not fished depths over 20 feet at all the last few weeks… but as always on Amistad there are surely fish to be targeted out there… it is just a smaller percentage of the population at the current time.