October 28, 2010
Fishing continues to improve on Lake Amistad. The days are getting shorter and the fish continue to increase their feeding habits, so the bite has been pretty good over the last week. The water temps are steady falling and are now in the mid 70’s. The water level is continuing to get lower over the past week as the water commission drops the lake back to conservation pool, 1117ft above sea level. I believe the lower water levels will really help with angler success over the next few months. Anglers should be able to see a difference in available fish cover in the form of pondweed. Much of the cover was submerged while the lake was high the past month. Schooling fish are providing great numbers. Some days we are catching 30+ fish in a day. The best time to get out on the lake has been in the afternoon.
Shallow: The reaction bite is still very good. Frogs are productive as well as spinnerbaits when we get windy conditions on the lake. As the pondweed grass continues to become more prevalent the concentrations of shallow fish seem to increase. Fishing weightless techniques such as the fluke or straight tail worms in the shallows also produces good action.
Mid-Depth: I am continuing to find some really nice fish located in the hydrilla beds around the 10-25 foot zones. I still have not found an area to get alot bites, but when I get hunt and peck for awhile I can catch a few and they are solid fish over 4lbs.
Deep: The schooling bite has really been hot the past 2 weeks. It is difficult sometime to find the right bait they will hit, but once you dial it in things get crazy quick. Schoolers are not generally very big fish but they can produce a lot of excitement. Anglers should position their boats around the deepest water in the creek channels and look for fish busting the surface. Cast to the busting fish and work different lures until you find the ‘right’ one, then hang on! The most productive time for this activity has been mid-mornings and late afternoons. The drop-shot bite is producing fish on main lake ledges and football jigs are starting to produce some solid bites as well. Anglers should concentrate in the 25-40 foot zones when fishing these methods.
See you on the Lake,