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Tilapia and Barton Creek

As Lady Bird cools down, invasive Tilapia move into the “warmer, spring fed” waters of Barton Creek.  In years past, they numbered well into the hundreds!  They will spend most of the winter there, and will spawn in Barton Creek as well.  When bedding, they guard their nests, attacking any interlopers – just like a bass!  I’ve had limited success with ultralight spinning gear, and small Kastmaster’s, although I have heard they will hit crankbaits and soft plastics while guarding their beds.

School of tilapia

This 20 inch, four pound Tilapia hit a silver and green Kastmaster.


Tight lines!

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