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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Outdoors Hvrald-Zeitung Thursday, June 27,1985 BA Canyon a fishing bonanza By CHARLES PARSONS Outdoors writer Canyon Lake, long known as one of the prime recreational and boating areas in Texas, exhibits a fantastic fishing opportunity for the novice or expert fisherman. Noted as one of the top smallmouth bass fishing areas in Texas, Canyon offers many other types of fish. Included in this mixed bag are large mouth bass and blue, yellow and channel catfish. The illustrations at right show various types of rigs that will enable fishermen and their families to catch something edible and to enjoy a good day’s outing in the wild. Also included is a map of Canyon Lake with the main boat access points and places where live, dead and cut bait are available. One of the main things that people do not realize is that Canyon is also one of the most prolific striped bass lakes in Texas. However, in pursuing the striped bass it is advisable to get a reliable guide, one of which is available at probably any of the boat ramps. For the average fisherman with his family, sunfish, catfish, and crappie are the main ingredients of an enjoyable fishing afternoon. Rigs to fish for these various fish and other information is included. Catfish, of the three previously mentioned varieties, are one of the best bets on the lake. Baits areFishing report AUSTIN IAP* He»« it me tiering repo*' compiled by the Parks and Wildlife Department central BASTROP Water clear. 84 degrees normal level black bass lair to 5 pounds on skipjacks and Bush whackers hybrid striper slow. crappie slow, catfish fair to 4 i pounds on stmkbait around fresh water entry points on lake BUCHANAN Water clear, in lake. 78 degrees, four feet low. black bass good to si* pounds on crawdads and cranks, striper good to 11 pounds trilling Hellbenders, white bass slow to 25 fish on slab or spoon crappie good to 35 fish at Longbranch Marina at night catfish good to 28 pounds on live perch FAYETTE Water clear 83 degrees normal level, black bass fan to I'h pounds on black worms cattish fairly good to 25 pounds on tugime. bream excellent GIBBONS CREEK Water laxly clear 85 degrees 18 inches low black bass fan to five pounds but mostly under tile 21 inch minimum st/e crappie very good to 50 fish per stringer to three pounds each catfish fairly slow but steady to 18 pounds on minnows with rod and reel LBJ Water murky. 79 degrees normal level. black bass good to 4 ‘, pounds on blue fuetaii worms Striper good to five pounds trolling yellow figs. white bass good to 30 fish on cranks fish generally small; crappie good to 40 fish at night from docks catfish good to IS pounds on cutbait LIMESTONE Water murky. 74 degrees normal level; black bass slow striper slow, crappie good in deeper water to BO fish per stung, white bass small to 40 fish per suing in wooded areas around bodge, catfish good to three pounds on shad SOMERVILLE Watei clear, normal level, black bass slow; crappie slow and small striper slow. white bass good but small catfish good on hotline and rod and reel TRAVIS Water clear BO degree seven feet low black bass fan to good early to four pounds on topwaters plastic grubs and live crawfish good later in deeper water, all other fishing slow, catfish good on bottine and rod and reel NORTHEAST ATHENS Water clear. 76 degrees, normal level, black bass slow to five pounds on worms, hybrid striper and white bass Surface schooling, best bads are white or chrome lures and spinners and at 35 foot depths with strings to 20 fish. crappie picking up to 39 fish on jigs after a slow spring, bluegill and sunfish good in good numbers on worms and crickets catfish fair with rod and reel with stmkbait on bottom BOB SANDLIN Water clear. BO degrees normal level black bass slow, crappie good to 16 fish per suing under budges on minnows, catfish good to 28 pounds on live bait with bottine BRIDGEPORT Water clearing, four feet low. black bass good rn six pounds in weeds and weedbeds or bur/tads salty and topwaters later; white bass and hybrid striper good surfacing in shallow at Methodist and Boy Scout Camps on Hot Spots and RatLbaps, crappie excellent in 12 feet of waist to 30 fish per string on minnows, catfish slow CEDAR CREEK Water slightly murky, 79 degrees, normal level, black bass slow to 3W pounds to black worms, hybrid striper spotty and lair rn open water at deep dropoffs. crappy spotty and fan in 15 25 feet of water around deep stump fields and bridge pilings, whits bass slow, so surfacing in late afternoon, channel catfish good to four pounds yellow catfish slow CYPRESS SPRINGS Water clear. 78 degrees, normal level, black bass picking up to six pounds on black worms at night, crappie good at night of IO bsh per string, catfish good to tivs pounds FORK Water clear, Bl degrees, normal level; black bass good to six pounds. 12 ounces on dark worms crappie good to 65 fish per string on minnows and jigs. catfish very good to 19 pounds rn good numbers on shrimp and nightcrawlers. br sam excellent to one pound on crickets and worms LAKE O THE PINES Water clear, 94 degrees normal level; black bass fair to 6% pounds on worms and Billy Bass lures, hybrid sUipei slow, crapoie fair in 1015 feat of water, catfish tee to six pounds on worms and cutbait. bream good MARTIN CREEK Water clear, one foot low, black bass fair to (hies pounds on topwaters and worms, c. appui slow. catfish slow MONTICELLO Water clear. 92 degrees, six inches above normal; black baas excellent to 10 pounds, nine ounces on six inch grape worms, Cast up and across stream letting current carry bait downstream. Fish into pockets on upstream side. 3 split shot (depending on current) Bass prefer shaded areas. These areas may be in wooded parts of a lake, near weed beds, rocks, stumps, boat docks, piers or any other cover that provides shade. PLASTIC WORM , . . . . good bass lure CHAPPIE RIG I split shot hook #12 14 I set float to list) deep hook • #6 line 2, 8, lh test bent minnows hooked through mouth Step 1 Push hook through head. Step 2 Bury point in worm with eye imbedded in head. Use 3/8 to 1/2 oz. slip weight line; IO Ii) for spinning, 15 lb. for casting hook rf 1 to ft 4/0 long type When fishing for white bass, nearly any iii.ill plug or fly is effective, but a lure that resembles the small sh,Kl IS best Since (bey are sight feeders, white, silver, yellow or pearl are the best colors Spinners, jxj$, spoons or live minnows .ire also good This lure is generally fished slowly on the lake bottom near some underwater cover The woim is retrieved by slowly raisin!) and lowering the rod tip, which fishes the worm in a slow figging motion. The fisherman usually feels a gentle ta)) when the bass strikes The hook must be set with a quick upward |erk of the rod Worm fishing requires patience and practice to master fully. Most novice worm fishermen have difficulty in properly setting the hook. available at any of the stores seen on the map and any other icehouses or places that sell fishing tackle and equipment. Now, if you want to get down to exotic fishing, try the river below the dam where brown and rainbow trout are released bv the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In fact, the state record was caught by a San Antonio woman last year, and it was the first trout she ever caught. So don’t say it’s beginner’s luck, because anyone can be a winner. Also, you have to realize that this lake and river are just twenty minutes from New Braunfels and they offer an unlimited amount of fishing potential, both in .species and sizes. Local report Canyon Lake Recent rains have slowed fishing activity, but activity is expected to pick up by the weekend. Bass, stripers and catfish should be biting once the water clears up. Report courtesy Canyon Lake Marina. Lake McQueeney Murky water has hampered fishing on the lake, although fishermen are taking in some catfish on trotlines. Bass fishing is fairly good. Report courtesy the McQueeney Marina. aavaral five*, sixax. crappie! siuw bul wale! hard on minnows carlish excellent lo 12 pounds in 15 leer of water blue and yellow catfish good to 50 pounds MOSS LAKE Water clear 75 degrees, normal level black bass fair to good to five pounds with singers to 25 pounds on plastic worms, crappie fair to 10 pounds rn deep water on minnows; white bass fair. cattish good to 12 pounds on stmkbait with rod and reel MURVAUL Water clear 78 degrees, normal level; black bass good to seven pounds late, average four pounds, on black worms; crappie Slow on minnows around bridge and tower by dam, catfish fair to good drifting with shrimp, catalpa worms shad on trotlines PALESTINE Water clear normal level, bleck bess good to five pounds on worms during day topwaters early and late striper tau. crappie off. catfish fax to eight pounds on rod and reel TAWAKONI Water clear normal level black bass good to 6'A pounds on topwateis, spinners. striper and white bass good in good numbers on topwaters. I'll George, spoons crappie fair in deep water to two pounds; catfish good to seven pounds on bottine and drifting around powarltnes SOUTHEAST CONROE Water clear. 76 degrees six inches low. black bass tau during day. good at night, in laxly deep water, to six pounds on plastic worms and DE 3. hybrid tuipar slow crappie good 12 per boat, night fishing slowmg early best white bass slow catfish good to 65 pounds, grass carp axcaUant to 25 pounds in good numbers on Papa Earls HOUSTON COUNTY Water clear. 77 degrees normal leva!, black bass good to eight pounds 13 ounces mostly from 2-4 pounds, tome sixes, late on strawberry or metattlake worms, crappie real good to 50 fish per string in creek channels, good bream, still on bads, to almost two pounds, catfish fairly good to 9W pounds on bottine with bye bait and worms LIVINGSTON Water clear. 76 degrees, six inches above normal; black bass fax to four pounds, striper good balow dam. soma around Pme Island, white bass good to IOO fish per string; crappie slow channel catfish good to two pounds, blue catfish good to 46 pounds, yellow catfish good to 54 pounds RAYBURN Water clear rn lake slightly discolored rn rivers, 76 degrees normal level, black baas tex to 5 pounds on worms in shallow water, tuiper slow; white baas faxy slow, some schooling; crappie good in 18 20 feet of water in Submerged brush on minnows, bream good around shoraline. catfish fairly good to six pounds on rod and reel TOLEDO BENO Water clear, normal level; black bass tax. some early and late on topwaters end worms during midday, striper good to 18 pounds with limita trolling with EW 4 to dam on big Redfin, b eam excellent in 18 26 feet of water. crappie improving in 20-26 feet of water on plastic jigs and tioUing; catfish slow few fishermen out; white besa yellow bess good SOUTH AMISTAO Water cleat 72 degrees, 22 feet low, bleck base tax to IO pounds, nine ounces up Devils River on spinners striper slow to 23 pounds on 60 90 fear of water, white bess ex ceilent rn schools with white slabs to BO fish per suing, fishing slow out of schools, crappie slow, catfish tax in 20 feet of water BRAUNIG Water pertly murky, 88 degrees, eight inches low; bleck bess very slow, redfish fair to 20 pounds average IO pounds, on spoons, tilapta, shrimp, striper tax to five pounds on cranks, shrimp, utopia, spoons, catfish good to five pounds on shed, shrimp, tiiapia CALAVERAS Waler clear, 82 degrees, six inches low. black bass good to five pounds on cranks hybrid striper good to four pounds on spoons and stiver grubs, yellow catfish good to 21 pounds on worms blue cattish good to five pounds on shrimp, channel cattish good to 2 Vt pounds on perch and shed, one corvine to two pounds on silver spoon. COLETO CREEK Lake cleat, creeks muddy, 86 degrees, normal level; black bast fair to 4Vy pounds, crappie fairly good to 15 fish per string around Colesville Bridge catfish good to Six pounds in fairly good numbers on rod and reel with Bob s Catfish Bait FALCON Water dingy, 27 lee! low. black bass laxly slow a few to seven pounds on worms. lizards and spinners striper fax from 5 8 pounds. white bass excellent around state park in big numbers, catfish excellent but small, catch all you want TEXANA Lower lake murky, upper clear, 80 degrees, normal level; black bass fax to good from Jungle area north of Highway 59 on grape worms, striper slow, crappie tax to good above 59 with SU trigs to 30 fish to two pounds, white bass slow, catfish good on lower end with blue catfish to 13 pounds on cutbait WEST FORT PHANTOM HILL: Water murky, winds high, fishing generally slow, GREENBELT RESERVOIR Water clear, 75 degrees, 19 feet low, black has;, slow to seven pounds on hotline along with a good number of yearling bass: white bass fax lo 15 fish per string, walleye fairly good to three pounds. Mime to six on jigs and nightcrawlers channel catfish laxly good to IO pounds, average about two pounds. on nightcrawlers, slink bait HUBBARD CREEK Water cleat, 73 degrees, four feet low black bass tax to three pounds on Chartreuse and white spinners, striper good to 11 pounds, some nines, eights, trolling large spin nets. crappie fair rn deep water; white bass sporty on topwaters; channel catfish fairly slow to four pounds MEREDITH Water clee* 71 dogies normal level, black bass slow, crappie tax to 25 fish. white bass sporty, catfish very good to 36 pounds on hotline; good to 15 pounds on rod and reel with live bait walleye slowing, some to three pounds on worms in 40 50 feet of water O C FISHER Water clear, 82 degrees. 26 feet low, black bass slow to five pounds on |ig, white bass and crappie no report cattish good on hotline, boat launching hazardous POSSUM KINGDOM Water clear high winds, 78 degrees lake full, black bass picking up to 6'i pounds, many twos on topwaters. buzz baits, and chuggers, striper fairly slow, crappie picking up but still fairly slow, white bass spotty, cattish fairly good to five pounds on hotline with live bad. stmkbait and bloodbath REDBLUFF Water murky, 77 degrees. 16 lee! low black bass slow, hybrid striper and all fishing slow, walleye fair to I 'A pounds on speck rigs and Hotspots SPENCE Water cleat, BO degrees 25 feet low striper fax to 21 pounds; trolling in front of spillway in 2542 feet of water on Hellbenders and jigs. black bass slow in creeks on worms crappie tax rn Paint Creek on minnows catfish good on hotline WHITE RIVER LAKE Water cleat 75 degrees, normal level, black bass fairly slow, crappie fair, walleye good to four pounds white bass slow catfish real good to 11 pounds on rod and reel COASTAL PALACIOS Trout mostly undersized, few keepers to three pounds in Palacious Bay, Matagorda Penninsula redfish mostly undersized few keepers flounder plentiful to three pounds on shrimp along shoreline, piers and turnrng basin, black drum to 35 pounds at night from piers; sheepshead to four pounds, croaker in creasing; live bait available Resources gained during Legislature Texas’ natural resources were another big winner during the 69th session of the Texas Legislature. Ed Cox Jr., chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, noted that tile State Water Plan was not the only major environmental legislation enacted this session. “With the enactment of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Sunset legislation, including the General Appropriations Bill, the 69th legislature continued its commitment to the wise management and conservation of the state’s natural resources,” Cox said. “The Wildlife Conservation Act of 1983 and the department’s Sunset legislation are two of the most significant pieces of legislation ever enacted regarding outdoor recreational opportunities,” he continued. Important measures in the Sunset legislation include: 1. A lifetime license endowment fund. 2. Designation of the agency with the primary responsibility for protecting the state’s fish and wildlife resources. 3. Important responsibilities regarding water issues. 4. Establishment of authority to increase fees. 5. Establishment of a penalty schedule for Parks and Wildlife Code violations. 6. Enhance positive identification measures for law enforcement purposes. 7. Establishment of a civil liability for the recovery of value for certain species of wildlife. 8. Clarification and enhancement of the department’s nongame responsibilities. Cox also cited the re-authorization of funding for the Local Park Fund following a two-year absence as a very significant measure. Other important pieces of legislation enacted include: 1. Senate Bill 609 - Delegates responsibility for the regulation of shrimp and oysters to the Commission. 2. Senate Bill 791 - Saltwater fishing stamp and freshwater trout stamp. 3. House Bill 1656 - The Sportsman’s Bights Bill. 4. Senate Bill 980 - Regulation of transportation and commerce of fish. 5. 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