I couldn't find a post I thought I made about my trip 4 years ago. Might have been on facebook. Went with a high school fishing bud that had been several times. We took his boat and my kayak. Fished for 3 or 4 days, can't remember. Stayed at Best Western in Zapata. The lake was very low.. maybe 38 feet, can't remember. Fished both ends of lake from my kayak and his boat. Preferred the north end from what I think seemed more wind protected. Paddled into Mexican waters from the public ramp, much fishier looking to me with bigger stumps from what I remember. The wind blew hard from what I remember. We caught some fish, most on big brush hogs and dd22s. First three fish caught on day one were in the 6 to 7 lb range. I'd go back in a heartbeat if I could get the time off. Had a great time for sure, just can't remember much that would help you catch fish. I would definitely try both areas as they were each unique.. from what I can remember.
Public Ramp closest to dam... like I said, the lake was low. Plenty of other places in state park to launch kayak from shore if you drive around and look.
Camp site a long way from the water but if you need shade its there. Also small cabins in park.
I believe this pic was also on the road to ramp above.
One of my favorite places on lake. I think the pic above is Valeno area. Can't remember if it was doable from kayak from where I launched. It was windy and I headed that direction but only went a couple of miles.
Lots more to see in my opinion launching from the Zapata ramp.
Caught my biggest fish of trip on dd22 above. Found the plug far above water line after getting out of kayak and just exploring around looking for some air to breathe. It was hot.
Mexico side nearest Zapata.
Now its all coming back.. just go, you'll love it!
A good rule of angling philosphy is not to interfere with another fisherman's ways of being happy, unless you want to be hated.
Zane Grey, Tales of Fishes, 1919https://vimeo.com/73372194