Your guide to Lake Travis Fishing. Our Lake Travis Fishing Report is brought to you monthly by Professional Austin fishing guide, Tournament Angler and owner of Fishing Guide Austin, Lee Benton.
May 1, 2018
It’s May and the fishing is really strong on Lake Travis. We’ve experienced sporadic schooling the last few weeks with these fish targeting 1 inch shad. With the gin clear water it’s very important to match the the size of your bait to the shad. We’re also finding the lighter line has been producing a few more bites in the lakes aquarium like water. One morning produced back to back 6 pound bass on a windy point on a weighted fluke. We just happened to pull up on the right school of fish at the right time feeding. A few stripers up to 8 pounds have been showing up in the mix as well. Let’s not forget the night time crappie fishing. Fishing around the right lighted docks can result in good numbers of fish being put in the boat. If you have a chance go wet at line on Lake Travis!
April 1, 2018
Lake Travis water temperatures climbing near 70 degrees mean the fish have made their move out of the depths to the clear flats and shallows of Lake Travis. Lake Travis has something most Texas lakes don’t have….extremely clear water. There are many areas on Lake Travis that you can see 25 ft down (to the bottom) and this really affects how fish are caught now and in the coming months.
A 1/16 oz weighted hook and a watermelon/red fluke has been producing great numbers and an occasional big bass on the lake. On days when we have some wind and cloud cover you can catch fish on moving baits like spinner baits and topwaters. On days with no clouds and no wind you have to really fish a little stealthier and slow down your presentation. On these days our best success has been on deeper flats and drops (the 15-25 ft depth) with a slow falling bait (fluke or senko). I believe this next full moon will push up the last wave of spawning fish.
A typical half day of fishing has been producing between 20-30 fish on average and should continue through the month of May. Pictured below is a young man that caught some good ones in a classic spawning creek on the lower end of the lake. Tight lines!
March 1, 2018
Spring is just around the corner and the fishing on Lake Travis is about to become prime. After an unusually cold winter, the fish are ready for a warm up! This time last year the lake was almost 7 degrees warmer and as you may know this plays a huge role in the fishing. We have been fishing ledges and drops in the 20-35ft depth and having to fish very SLOW… Without going in to great detail the heavy soft plastics, jigs, a-rigs, and slab spoons have been the go to baits this winter for most of us.
We are starting to see bass move to the shallows and this opens up a variety of ways to catch them. Wacky worms, craw pattern soft plastics, and shad/perch pattern baits will be go to baits for a good while. Let’s not forget about the white bass run that is taking place farther up lake (up river) and the crappie that will soon be showing up in the shallows and the marinas to spawn. The whites can still be caught in creeks on the main lake but there is a good number of them up river that can be caught a variety of ways including trolling. A good mess of white bass and crappie make for a great fish fry and table fair. Pictured below is a healthy Lake Travis bass caught on an a-rig on a deep ledge in February.
Lee Benton is a professional Austin fishing guide, Tournament Angler and proprietor of Fishing Guide Austin. He’s been guiding on Lake Travis and the Highland Lakes for 10+ years. Lee’s experience has made him very proficient in locating and putting his clients on large bass over the years on several different Highland Lakes and at all times of the year. Lee not only guides black bass but white bass, stripers (striped bass), hybrid stripers and crappie. As a local Austin Fishing Guide and tournament angler, Lee has spent a vast number of hours on the water fishing and catching fish. This has given Lee some extensive knowledge of what is going on with our local lakes year round. Lee can be reached here or at (512) 773-5505.