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#11391398 - 02/04/16 10:29 AM Lake Amistad
bballbk Offline
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Registered: 11/14/05
Posts: 123
Loc: Austin
Hello group,

I am thinking of spending a weekend on Lake Amistad the first weekend of March. I have never been to the lake, and am used to fishing smaller, shallower lakes in the Austin Area (Bastrop, Decker, Fayetteville, Lake Austin) but find it difficult when fishing larger lakes. Anybody have any advice? What type of structure should i target? Should the fish be shallow by then?

Also, I've heard that you can pay a guide to follow them for a day in my own boat. Has anyone done this before? I will only have around 2.5 days on the water and would like to get on them quickly!

Cheers,
Brandon

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#11392483 - 02/04/16 05:08 PM Re: Lake Amistad [Re: bballbk]
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Loc: Boerne, Texas
It is a big intimidating lake. If you want simple then just head straight across from the diablo launch.
Or head up and launch at Box Canyon where you can go up the river or back towards the lake (what I'd prefer to do).

Be aware that you can be in 150' deep of water one second and 1' the next. Pay attention to the water color changes.

If you fish Mexico get a liscense.


Getting on the fish quick??? Don't we all wish. whip

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#11392823 - 02/04/16 07:36 PM Re: Lake Amistad [Re: bballbk]
fishnfireman Offline
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Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 939
Loc: Amarillo
If the weather stays warm they will be up... Either in the visible regrowth brush or on the inside edge of any hydrilla you can find.
I would advise getting a guide if you can-- it is "a big intimidating lake" as Grout-scout said. The fishing is getting better but if you miss the right deal it will humble you.

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#11393071 - 02/04/16 09:06 PM Re: Lake Amistad [Re: grout-scout]
pro dirt raker Offline
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Originally Posted By: grout-scout
Be aware that you can be in 150' deep of water one second and 1' the next. Pay attention to the water color changes.


Have heard this before, makes me reluctant to put my boat on the lake.

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#11393083 - 02/04/16 09:12 PM Re: Lake Amistad [Re: bballbk]
bballbk Offline
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Registered: 11/14/05
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Loc: Austin
Is the navionics card accurate enough to tell me the depth changes from 150ft to 1ft? Seems like a decept drop off to fish...

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#11393101 - 02/04/16 09:19 PM Re: Lake Amistad [Re: pro dirt raker]
21xs Elite Offline
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Registered: 02/23/12
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Originally Posted By: pro dirt raker
Originally Posted By: grout-scout
Be aware that you can be in 150' deep of water one second and 1' the next. Pay attention to the water color changes.


Have heard this before, makes me reluctant to put my boat on the lake.


Been down there the last two weeks and the lake is safe to run just use your map and common sense and go. When the lake was lower it was a little iffy, but now it's simple to run.

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#11393140 - 02/04/16 09:30 PM Re: Lake Amistad [Re: bballbk]
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One of the most beautiful lakes in Texas, just watch the weather forecast because you don't want to be up the river and have to cross those open flats in a small boat.

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#11393156 - 02/04/16 09:35 PM Re: Lake Amistad [Re: bballbk]
bballbk Offline
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Registered: 11/14/05
Posts: 123
Loc: Austin
Thanks for all the help everyone. I just bought a triton tr22 and am trying to learn the lakes and how to catch fish. A little different than kayak fishing.

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#11393228 - 02/04/16 10:06 PM Re: Lake Amistad [Re: bballbk]
grout-scout Offline
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Well, you have plenty of boat for the wind. One thing to know, the water is clearer than most lakes and you'll think the fish won't be shallow; but they are there. Used to freak me out when I could see fish 20' deep, I figured there'd be no way that the fish would like in 5' of water, I was wrong.

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#11393556 - 02/05/16 07:48 AM Re: Lake Amistad [Re: bballbk]
Bodie Offline
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Registered: 12/30/11
Posts: 176
Loc: EUNICE NM
I'm going in 3 weeks I cant wait. haven't been on the water since October. I agree with grout-scout its one of the most beautiful lakes in Texas. fish anything that looks good and stick with natural colors.
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#11393558 - 02/05/16 07:48 AM Re: Lake Amistad [Re: bballbk]
Bodie Offline
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I'm going in 3 weeks I cant wait. haven't been on the water since October. I agree with grout-scout its one of the most beautiful lakes in Texas. fish anything that looks good and stick with natural colors.
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#11393603 - 02/05/16 08:05 AM Re: Lake Amistad [Re: bballbk]
fishnfireman Offline
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Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 939
Loc: Amarillo
Originally Posted By: bballbk
Is the navionics card accurate enough to tell me the depth changes from 150ft to 1ft? Seems like a decept drop off to fish...


They Navionics chips I had were not 100% accurate on Amistad.
Be carful if you load at Box Canyon.. There are a couple of long points --- one on each side as you come out that will EAT lower units

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#11393652 - 02/05/16 08:23 AM Re: Lake Amistad [Re: bballbk]
pil,b Offline
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Registered: 05/30/11
Posts: 1217
Loc: abilene,texas
You need a air boat anyway as far as you go up the river. woot

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#11393854 - 02/05/16 09:25 AM Re: Lake Amistad [Re: bballbk]
Panhandle Offline
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Registered: 08/11/06
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Loc: Amarillo TX
Now that the lake has stayed pretty stable and the hydrilla is back. I assume the water has cleared back up by now? I haven't been there in 2 years.
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#11393969 - 02/05/16 10:01 AM Re: Lake Amistad [Re: bballbk]
Bullet20XrD Offline
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Registered: 02/27/07
Posts: 1715
I love Amistad, always have. Just use common sense and avoid any loooong points or humps sticking out when running on pad. If you are unsure, just get off pad and idle. You don't need a guide.

There's good fishing all over that lake, you don't have to run a million miles to find them. Across from Diablo is a good place to start, plenty of fish in castle and around that area. Try to find grass or flooded salt cedars on little rocky points.

A simple tx rigged green pumpkin ocho with a 3/16 weight, a Carolina rig with a game hawg in green pumpkin, and a suspending jerkbait in a ghost pattern will get you plenty of bites around any of the cover/structure that the lake has. If they aren't up by the time March gets around, they will be on points heading in to those types of places. If it gets tough, you can always drop shot and catch the snot out of em'. You're probably not going to win any tournaments on those patterns but you will catch plenty of fish and maybe a good one here or there.

I miss the big swimbait days on that lake... man that was fun.
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