Your guide to Lake Travis Fishing. Our Lake Travis Fishing Report is brought to you monthly by Professional Austin fishing guide and Tournament Angler Lee Benton.
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 and a Tournament Angler. 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.