White Bass

It’s still winter here in Austin, Texas and that can mean temperatures ranging from below freezing to almost 80 degrees, maybe in the same day!  On warmer, sunnier late winter and spring days, white bass are contemplating their spawning run.  It starts with a few “early birds” being found near creek and river mouths, and can turn into a full-blown frenzy in short order.  Fish counts numbering in the high double digits are possible, and quite normal.  White bass will school in large numbers, with the smaller males being caught early in the season, and larger females a bit later.  White bass fillets make for some tasty fish tacos, and are well worth the effort.  I really like to target whites with ultralight spinning gear, since they usually are found in deeper runs and holes.  Five weight fly rods and a sink tip can yield great results as well.

.Muleshoe, 2014

The photo above is from early 2014, at Museshoe Bend on Lake Travis.  Lake Travis is over 100% full now (1/21/2017) and that spot is under about 30 feet of water!

White Bass

This white came from the lower Colorado, just below Longhorn Dam.  Small “Roadrunner” and a Zoom “Super Fluke Jr.” fooled this fish and countless others!  Tight lines!

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