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#11030387 - 08/09/15 10:37 AM state parks for camping/kayak fishing
mullets+minnows Offline
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Registered: 08/03/11
Posts: 166
Loc: Houston Tx
Hey everyone,
I am currently planning a camping trip and was hoping I could get some feedback on it. What are some good state parks with good kayak launch access and fishing, around the Houston to SA/Austin area. The trip will probably happen in November. I plan to fish primarily for largemouth, maybe smallies, and might also do a little catfish fishing. Also, any tips on fishing for bass in November would be greatly appreciated as well. I am a majority saltwater fisherman and only started fishing freshwater this summer.
Thanks!
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#11030506 - 08/09/15 11:47 AM Re: state parks for camping/kayak fishing [Re: mullets+minnows]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 15257
Loc: South Texas
Lake Bastrop and Coleto Creek both are great kayak lakes, good fishing with nice parks.
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#11031876 - 08/09/15 11:21 PM Re: state parks for camping/kayak fishing [Re: Jimbo]
boylerpig Offline
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Registered: 08/02/15
Posts: 13
Loc: Texas by God
May want to rethink Bastrop St. park. No water in the lake.

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bastrop/wildfire-flood-damage

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#11032090 - 08/10/15 07:49 AM Re: state parks for camping/kayak fishing [Re: boylerpig]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
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Loc: South Texas
Originally Posted By: boylerpig
May want to rethink Bastrop St. park. No water in the lake.

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bastrop/wildfire-flood-damage

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You need to read the article you posted! roflmao
The lake that has no water is the 10 acre lake. The main lake is fine as well as the park area that is open.
http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt..._T#Post11030448
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#11032098 - 08/10/15 07:53 AM Re: state parks for camping/kayak fishing [Re: Jimbo]
Jerry Hamon Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
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And Bastrop is on fire lately!!! flame

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#11032104 - 08/10/15 07:57 AM Re: state parks for camping/kayak fishing [Re: Jerry Hamon]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 15257
Loc: South Texas
Originally Posted By: Jerry Hamon
And Bastrop is on fire lately!!! flame


Yes it is! My brother was down there and can testify to that!
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#11032888 - 08/10/15 12:33 PM Re: state parks for camping/kayak fishing [Re: mullets+minnows]
bert Offline
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Registered: 07/20/01
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Loc: Garland, TX, USA
I would add Lake Raven in Huntsville state park to that list as well.
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#11033435 - 08/10/15 04:24 PM Re: state parks for camping/kayak fishing [Re: Jimbo]
boylerpig Offline
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Registered: 08/02/15
Posts: 13
Loc: Texas by God
Originally Posted By: Jimbo
Originally Posted By: boylerpig
May want to rethink Bastrop St. park. No water in the lake.

http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/bastrop/wildfire-flood-damage

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You need to read the article you posted! roflmao
The lake that has no water is the 10 acre lake. The main lake is fine as well as the park area that is open.
http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbt..._T#Post11030448


Sorry, I did not know the main lake was in the state park! wink

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#11033677 - 08/10/15 06:04 PM Re: state parks for camping/kayak fishing [Re: mullets+minnows]
riverrat88 Offline
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Registered: 10/30/06
Posts: 67
Loc: Bryan
On the main lake (Lake Bastrop) this is not a state park but a LCRA park.
http://www.lcra.org/parks/developed-parks/pages/lake-bastrop-south-shore-park.aspx and
http://www.lcra.org/parks/developed-parks/Pages/lake-bastrop-north-shore-park.aspx.
I have not camp at either parks but had stay in the mini cabin on the South Shore a couple of time the camping look pretty good on the south side and the park itself were good.

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#11036201 - 08/11/15 07:07 PM Re: state parks for camping/kayak fishing [Re: bert]
Jim Ford Offline
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Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1202
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: bert
I would add Lake Raven in Huntsville state park to that list as well.

+1
A great place to stay for a few nights (once school is back in session) and there are a lot of huge bass (but alas....no smallmouth), bream, and crappies in that lake. Catfish too. I highly recommend it (once school is back in session).

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#11038725 - 08/12/15 10:05 PM Re: state parks for camping/kayak fishing [Re: mullets+minnows]
mullets+minnows Offline
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Registered: 08/03/11
Posts: 166
Loc: Houston Tx
I think Huntsville SP will be the destination of choice. Thanks all
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#11039750 - 08/13/15 12:45 PM Re: state parks for camping/kayak fishing [Re: riverrat88]
03svtsnakevert Offline
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Registered: 04/05/12
Posts: 2447
Loc: Copperas Cove, TX
Originally Posted By: riverrat88
On the main lake (Lake Bastrop) this is not a state park but a LCRA park.
http://www.lcra.org/parks/developed-parks/pages/lake-bastrop-south-shore-park.aspx and
http://www.lcra.org/parks/developed-parks/Pages/lake-bastrop-north-shore-park.aspx.
I have not camp at either parks but had stay in the mini cabin on the South Shore a couple of time the camping look pretty good on the south side and the park itself were good.


I've been to north shore park and camped there. Very nice and will go back again

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#11045550 - 08/16/15 02:56 PM Re: state parks for camping/kayak fishing [Re: mullets+minnows]
Crazy4oldcars Offline
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Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 1082
Loc: Silsbee (Southeast Texas)
Was in Huntsville SP the second week of July. Had a great time.
A couple of things to note.
1. Bass are catch and release ONLY!
2. Motorized boats are limited to idle speed only. Great for kayaking. Yea!banana
3. Most of the camping slots are first-come, first-served, so try to get there as close to check-in as possible, or get there on an off day.
4. Access to the waterfront is limited due to lakeside growth and giant salvinia.

I saw a woman catch a ~5 lb bass off of one of the piers. I was catching 8, 9 and 10" red-eared sunfish like it was Christmas. The biggest I caught was 1/8" shy of 11".

Normal Size:


The big guy/gal:


Most of them were caught on flies. The biggun was caught drowning worms right at dark.

Kirk


Edited by Crazy4oldcars (08/16/15 03:01 PM)
Edit Reason: fixed the link
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