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Fishing in Austin

The capital of Texas has always been one with a unique streak. So much so that the (still unofficial) slogan of the city is “Keep Austin Weird.” When it comes to fishing, Austin, TX is hardly weird, however. Home to some great freshwater lakes and part of the Colorado River, fishing in Austin is a great option for beginners and experts alike.

Fishing Spots in Austin

The classic local fishing experience consists of Bass fishing in one of the numerous lakes around Austin. The kinds of Bass you can find here include Largemouth, Guadalupe, Smallmouth, White, and Striped Bass, along with some Hybrids here and there. Other than Bass, you can also find a decent number of Catfish, Sunfish, and more.

Lake Austin

If you’re after Largemouth Bass, look no further than Lake Austin for all your fishing needs! Catching an 8–10 lb prize catch is nothing out of the ordinary here. The fishing tends to be best near the shoreline where you’ll find a bunch of weed beds that become a real hotspot for Largemouth Bass and Panfish.

Lady Bird Lake

The word about the world-class fishing in Lady Bird Lake seems to have spread far and wide in the last decade. As many as 1.5 million people visit the lake every year, and it’s not just for the ladybirds. Not only is it very accessible, but you also have a variety of options when it comes to the fishing itself. Bank fishing is the obvious first choice, but a full day of camping at Red Bud Isle is a lot of fun for the whole family.

Granger Lake

Granger Lake is the place to go for all your Catfishing needs. It’s also the place where you’ll see plenty of people fishing solo on kayaks and canoes, so be sure to drop by if you’ve got one of those. Alternatively, find yourself a guide that runs a bass boat and get ready for a day of non-stop action.

Lake Kyle Park

Another great location for quality time with family and friends, Lake Kyle Park boasts some of the nicest nature trails in the state. It’s definitely the place to go for both picnicking as well as fishing. The lake is full of Catfish and Striped Bass, along with a good number of Alligator Gar.

Austin Fishing Tips

  • The best time for Largemouth Bass fishing is in the spring and fall, but you can definitely find them year round. They like to stay near drop-offs and various structures, so using topwater lures is highly recommended.
     
  • The traffic intensity in the summer months makes fishing Lake Austin from a boat very difficult. The best way to avoid that and get some angling action in is to fish either very early in the morning or later during the night.

Need to Know

Most freshwater fisheries in Texas fall under statewide freshwater fishing regulations, but there are always exceptions. The most important ones include Lake Kyle and Lady Bird Lake, but be sure you’re always aware of the latest news from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Regulations

Fishing regulations for Austin and Texan fresh waters in general include size and bag limits. We recommend going out with an experienced guide who knows all there is to know about the regs so you can focus on the joy of fishing itself. Regardless of whether you’re going solo or with a guide, you’ll still need to have a valid freshwater fishing license with you.

Budget

In Austin, you can get quite a lot of guided fishing done without breaking the bank. A half day trip is usually around $300, while a full day trip of 8 hours won’t go over $450. Keep in mind that most guides have small boats, so you’ll need to look around a bit if you’re planning a family trip.

Getting There

As this is the capital of Texas, getting to Austin couldn’t be easier with so many options at your disposal. Those flying in will be landing at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport, but you also have the option to come via train, bus, or car. The latter is especially convenient with numerous regional highways, making it a comfy ride. Whatever may bring you to Austin, you’re very likely to stay for the fish if you give it a go!

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Austin Fishing Seasons

Something you might not know is that there’s a statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan on Lady Bird Lake. Believe it or not, the statue is one of the more popular places for fishing, especially in winter.

Fishing Austin in February is decent as long as you’re able to go into deeper waters on a boat or kayak. Bank fishing simply will not do, whatever you might be after.

Expect much better fishing conditions when the winter finally breaks. March can get pretty windy, but that shouldn’t get in the way of good fishing around here!

The spring fishing season is heating up in Austin and there’s hardly a better time to catch your fair share of Bass. Get ready to see the full potential of fishing with a Texas rig.

Pretty much any lake on the Colorado River will have you hooking up dozens of Bass on a good day. The bite slows down when the sun is high, but you can still get plenty of work done even then.

Early June is a great time to be targeting schooling White Bass near creek mouths. If you see birds going crazy over bait fish, get ready for some intense angling!

As summer starts getting more and more intense, getting a consistent Bass bite becomes harder by the week. This is one of those times when experienced guides are worth their weight in gold.

With the water temperatures in the upper-eighties, you can expect Bass to run as deep as they can. This means fishing from the banks is usually a bad idea.

Night fishing is a popular way to catch fish in the first half of September. As summer’s chokehold starts to recede, you’ll have an easier time of fishing the local lakes.

Austin in fall is home to top-notch Bass action. October tends to be an especially good time for schools of Bass to come closer to the surface.

The first half of November usually has Bass schooling in shallow waters, so stock up on some fast-moving artificials. During the second half of the month, you should make the switch to jigging spoons.

Night fishing near lighted docks is something worth considering this time of year because the results might surprise you! As long as you don’t mind the cold, that is.

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What People Are Saying About Austin

"Half day trip with capt Randall"

Tim P. fished with Central Texas Fishing Guide, LLC on March 18, 2020

Be sure to hire a guide who knows the area. It makes it more pleasurable and rewarding

"Half day trip with Tyler"

Mark K. fished with Torwick's Guiding Service on October 16, 2019

Very clear water. Go deep and remember crayfish are the predominant forage.

"Half Day TRIP was AWESOME!!! "

Kayla C. fished with Bassquatch Fishing on July 5, 2019

Lake we recently fished in evening was AWESOME!!!

"Half day evening ttrip"

Mary S. fished with Torwick's Guiding Service on April 20, 2018

Fishing is usually great on Lake Travis. The bass population is up and fishing either early or late can be very rewarding.

What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Austin, Texas for the first time?

Top Targeted Species in Austin

Bass (Largemouth)

Bass (Largemouth)

Bass (Smallmouth)

Bass (Smallmouth)

Crappie

Crappie

Bass (White)

Bass (White)

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