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#10838335 - 05/12/15 12:09 PM Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips?
mudbelly Offline
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Registered: 07/19/07
Posts: 141
I am meeting family for a camping trip and have chosen Lake Somerville as a central location. We will be at Nails Creek Park. I have never been on this lake.

Are there any boating hazards such as shoals, rocks, stumps to be aware of?

Of course fishing tips are appreciated but I don't expect you to share your secret spot!

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#10838408 - 05/12/15 12:41 PM Re: Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips? [Re: mudbelly]
DaveRTX Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/31/11
Posts: 2334
Loc: Round Rock
We killed the crappie there a few years ago. We were on the right hand side of the dam about 50' off of the point. Minnows and tube jigs.

Somerville Lake
30.326402, -96.530531

Let us know how you did.
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#10838413 - 05/12/15 12:41 PM Re: Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips? [Re: mudbelly]
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Registered: 03/08/10
Posts: 3123
Loc: Gonzales, Tx
When are you going? The lake is almost 4' above normal right now. That would put a lot of new water to navigate if launching ramps are open.
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#10839037 - 05/12/15 04:20 PM Re: Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips? [Re: ChuChu1]
mudbelly Offline
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Registered: 07/19/07
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I'll be there Memorial Day weekend at Nails Creek.

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#10848883 - 05/16/15 02:05 PM Re: Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips? [Re: mudbelly]
Bassjunkie08 Offline
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Registered: 04/11/11
Posts: 136
Loc: caldwell texas
lake is now over 8ft high....with more rains predicted!!
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#10849284 - 05/16/15 06:19 PM Re: Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips? [Re: mudbelly]
H-TownCrappieMan Offline
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Registered: 03/11/07
Posts: 170
Loc: Southeast Texas (Cypress)
We fished there about 2 weeks ago. Launched from Lake Sommerville Marina and the water was so high the walkway to the dock was lapped with water. I guess it was 4 feet high then. Now with 8 ft. big, you'll be walking in late to get to the dock. Its been raining down this part of Texas everyday since about 2 weeks.

I'd probably hold off or go to Lake Conroe where its a larger lake and FM 830 dock or April Plaza Marina might get you a better launch.
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#10849341 - 05/16/15 06:51 PM Re: Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips? [Re: mudbelly]
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Registered: 03/08/10
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Loc: Gonzales, Tx
Overlook is the only ramp open, and it is underwater. Water is up to the restrooms at the marina. Catfish are biting pretty good though.
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#10850100 - 05/17/15 07:15 AM Re: Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips? [Re: mudbelly]
mudbelly Offline
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Registered: 07/19/07
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Thanks for the info. As long as I can find a place to get my boat in we plan on staying all week. And we will be catfishing.

I am not familiar with where Overlook is but can find it I bet.. I live close to Rayburn and the water is at the top of many ramps but still launch able. My family picked Someville as a central point to meet for a vacation so since some have taken vacation days we are kind of committed here.

What about launching a boat at the marina?

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#10850119 - 05/17/15 07:38 AM Re: Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips? [Re: mudbelly]
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Registered: 03/08/10
Posts: 3123
Loc: Gonzales, Tx
Overlook is the ramp at the marina. Just follow the signs to the ramp. Water is up and covering the parking lot at the marina so you can't go there now. Might be a good idea to call ahead and make sure the marina and Overlook are open. More rain today, and the lake is already 8.5 feet above normal and rising.
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#10850122 - 05/17/15 07:41 AM Re: Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips? [Re: mudbelly]
mudbelly Offline
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Registered: 07/19/07
Posts: 141
Ok thanks. I'll be calling. I wish we had scheduled this vacation for Rayburn as I know the lake well but we wanted to try new places. Looks like there are 11 ramps on Somerville surely something is open. We have camp sites reserved at Birch Creek.

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#10850162 - 05/17/15 08:11 AM Re: Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips? [Re: mudbelly]
Texashorseman Offline
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Registered: 03/27/09
Posts: 90
Loc: Deanville, Texas
If I were you, I would call ahead.....got another 1" this morning and still coming down.....lake is at 8.78 high and still rising....Lots of camping area's are closed in different parks all over the lake....picnic area's are under water. etc etc...

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#10850179 - 05/17/15 08:23 AM Re: Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips? [Re: mudbelly]
mudbelly Offline
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Registered: 07/19/07
Posts: 141
Thanks a lot guys. The contacts and info on this forum is priceless.

If we miss fishing Somerville I am going to hate that. Looks like the catfish tactics I use on Rayburn will work well there.

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#10858122 - 05/20/15 10:38 AM Re: Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips? [Re: mudbelly]
justindiehl7 Offline
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Registered: 08/12/12
Posts: 185
I heard it's almost 11 feet now

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#10858553 - 05/20/15 01:17 PM Re: Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips? [Re: mudbelly]
J-Moe Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 3126
Loc: Brenham, TX
Yep, 10.9 feet high. They had to close the dam on Monday because we got 3 inches of rain downstream of the lake. They just opened the gates back up this morning. Discharge is 1431 cfs flow

http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/somerville/

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#10861494 - 05/21/15 01:37 PM Re: Planning a Lake Somerville Visit Any Tips? [Re: mudbelly]
Catfish-hunter Offline
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Registered: 03/22/12
Posts: 1693
Loc: Medina lake
Friend over at Birch Creek said the catfish taste muddy but easy to catch shallow cork on CJ's crawfish dip bait.

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