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#11708912 - 07/06/16 10:32 PM Ledge fishing question
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We always hear about Kentucky Lake and its famous ledge fishing. So I'm wondering to myself why we don't have anything like this in Texas. Then it dawns on me that all of our lakes are man made and are reservoirs, thus no ledges where a river channel runs down the lake. Then I start thinking about Possum Kingdom, Whitney, Belton, Stillhouse... some of the lakes in Austin....

So my question.... is ledge fishing a viable option on any of these Central or North Texas lakes? I've never been on PK or Whitney but am curious if they have similiar features/opportunities as Kentucky Lake

#11708920 - 07/06/16 10:39 PM Re: Ledge fishing question [Re: K.D.]
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I believe it has more to do with them being bowl lakes devoid of major cover and structure elsewise.

That's what causes schools to concentrate on the ledges from what I have read. I found myself wondering the same as you and thats the answer I found at least. Hope that helps.

That said, the same types of structure are valid hot spots for any fishery where they are present in any shape or form.

#11708980 - 07/06/16 11:45 PM Re: Ledge fishing question [Re: K.D.]
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Ledge fishing on Amisdad is where it is happening. There are more ledges than you can fish everyday for a year. All ledges are not created equal.

Every lake in Texas that has a river or major creek that runs through it produces ledges in certain areas. I have seen a 5 ft. drop produced great fish and they were much easier to catch than Amistad's 100 ft. ledges.

Every point on a lake that leads to deep water will have a irregular feature somewhere on one side of that point or the other side. It is not always a steep ledge. It may be a rock cropping with a little extra slop to it. These are the places you have to look for in all of our lakes if you are going to fish off shore in deeper water.

You can get a great idea of what these irregular features look like as you are driving down the hwy.. If you look at the tallest hill coming up and pick the biggest header running off of it toward the hwy., you will see these small irregular features on the side of that header as it comes down the mountain. Everyone of them will have one or two that could hold fish if that header was under water. The mountains around some of the larger lakes have headers that run down into the lake and forms a long point that goes to the river channel. Find the same feature on the side of them and you will find the fish.
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#11709091 - 07/07/16 06:26 AM Re: Ledge fishing question [Re: Donald Harper]
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I think the main difference is the depth of the lake surrounding those river ledges. The river channel on Ray Bob is in 50' of water compared to there's in 12'. Our river ledges are to deep to fish in most lakes.

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#11709135 - 07/07/16 07:03 AM Re: Ledge fishing question [Re: K.D.]
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TB seems to have plenty of ledges.

#11709258 - 07/07/16 08:20 AM Re: Ledge fishing question [Re: K.D.]
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Texas lakes have plenty of ledges, a ledge is simply a gradual depth change to and from a river channel. The main difference is the TVA lakes have running water(current) that bass set up on and use to feed. In Texas, as seen often on Fork, the bass do not like current, or when the gates are open moving water.

#11709281 - 07/07/16 08:28 AM Re: Ledge fishing question [Re: K.D.]
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Registered: 01/11/04
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Loc: Austin, TX
True, ledges are just depth changes and many of our lakes have them. If any of y'all have ever looked at the contour maps for lakes like Kentucky or other "ledge lakes", you would see that it has miles and miles of ledges on the main river channel that go from 8-20 feet deep. The river channel is much shallower on those lakes and that is why those guys just go scan down the ledges until they find a school.

Here in Central Texas our lakes are deep! On Travis for example, the river ledge drops from 50 down to 100+ feet. You typically have to find shallower depth changes (i.e., ledges) to catch fish. And yes, yes I know someone will come along and say that you can catch a bass in 75 feet of water and you should be fishing the main river ledge regardless of how deep it is, but I just don't want to fish in 75 feet of water for bass. Personal preference.....


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