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#11891966 - 10/21/16 12:25 AM Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills
Mudman63 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/27/12
Posts: 1920
Loc: Spring & New Braunfels, Texas
I would appreciate the collective wisdom of the experienced bass fishing experts on the TFF.

Feel like my fishing skills have plateaued so I'm thinking about taking a year off from kayak tournament fishing and focusing on a lake or two to improve my understanding of seasonal and daily movements of fish, fishing different types of cover and structure, reading current conditions, making on the water adjustments, etc. You get my point.

In your opinion, which lake or lakes within a 2-hour drive of Houston has the best combination of structure and cover that would allow me to improve my skills?

Thanks in advance for your opinion.

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#11892019 - 10/21/16 05:56 AM Re: Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills [Re: Mudman63]
Basscat496 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/27/09
Posts: 202
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Lake Conroe, its about 60 miles from Houston.

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#11892027 - 10/21/16 06:15 AM Re: Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills [Re: Mudman63]
GIG'EM AGGIES Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 2021
Loc: texas
Toledo Bend.
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#11892068 - 10/21/16 06:56 AM Re: Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills [Re: Mudman63]
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Registered: 08/16/08
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Loc: League City, Tx/Rayburn Countr...
I would try to Fish Fayette during the week. I'd also fish Lake Houston and Sheldon Res too.

I would pass on fishing Conrole out of a Yak, but thats jus me.
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#11892114 - 10/21/16 07:38 AM Re: Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills [Re: Mudman63]
flukeman83 Offline
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Registered: 06/19/14
Posts: 545
Fayette County.....
has all the types of fishing you need to learn:
grass-- stumps -- creeks -- points -- humps -- deep water -- rocks -- ????
but Fayette is a hot water lake and will not give you the "seasonality" you are looking for.
Toledo Bend .......

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#11892144 - 10/21/16 07:58 AM Re: Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills [Re: Mudman63]
collincountytx Offline
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 13244
Loc: Dallas, TX
If you feel like you have plateaued; fishing regularly with someone that is better than you can be an efficient way to improve.
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#11892189 - 10/21/16 08:14 AM Re: Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills [Re: Mudman63]
BMCD Offline
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Registered: 11/01/02
Posts: 3884
Loc: Katy, Texas US
In my view, Fayette will give u confidence in fishing certain ways. But its not realistic. From what u described really depends on the lake. What you learn on Fayette will not translate to Livingston.


Edited by BMCD (10/21/16 08:16 AM)

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#11892233 - 10/21/16 08:36 AM Re: Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills [Re: Mudman63]
Phnx#22 Offline
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Registered: 04/27/05
Posts: 1277
Loc: Conroe TX
Gibbons Creek and Lake Somerville.

You can explore all facets of transition at either lake and both have excellent shore line cover. (lilly pads and other grasses/wood)

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#11892372 - 10/21/16 09:35 AM Re: Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills [Re: Mudman63]
popcork Offline
Angler

Registered: 10/19/08
Posts: 382
Loc: Bremond, TX
Trinity River east of Houston, fish the drains on an out-going tide with small crankbaits, top waters, and spinnerbaits. You will be surprised at the number of fish you will catch( and the types too).

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#11892403 - 10/21/16 09:52 AM Re: Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills [Re: Mudman63]
Texascajun69 Offline
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 578
Loc: Hemphill,Texas, USA
Toledo Bend. Has many access points for Kayaking that will allow you to follow the transitions and not have to fight the open water (which can get bad on many lakes). A good T- Bend Lake Map will show you all of the public parks as well as commercial ramps. Many access directly into deep water, creeks, shallow bays, etc.

Another plus is the length of the lake also allows for the seasonal migrations to be drawn out. Spawn starts in Feb. in the very north end of the lake, moves to the mid-lake area in March and peaks in the south end in April. This transition allows you to really focus on learning the fish movements over a longer period of time.

I love Sheldon Res. but I don't think I would want to get eye to eye in a Kayak with some of the gators I have seen there.
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#11892565 - 10/21/16 11:20 AM Re: Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills [Re: Mudman63]
Kisndismis Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/14/09
Posts: 588
Loc: Kingwood, TX
Those gators keep their distance, the big ones anyway. I like the Trinity River suggestion. I fish L Houston and the SanJac a lot and neither of these are easy to pattern IMO. I like the Somerville and Gibbons suggestions also, both have good fish but not easy to pattern.
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#11892632 - 10/21/16 11:53 AM Re: Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills [Re: Mudman63]
fouzman Offline
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Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 45854
Loc: Houston, TX
Lake Sam Rayburn is 140 miles from Houston. That's where I'd go. Everything you discussed and tons of good guides. Once there, you can hop over to Toledo Bend if you like.
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#11892666 - 10/21/16 12:06 PM Re: Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills [Re: Mudman63]
GeoFisher Offline
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Registered: 06/26/13
Posts: 687
Don't underestimate Lake Houston, especially the 2 river forks and Luce's bayou. Some good fish down south as well if you are willing to do your homework.
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#11893526 - 10/21/16 10:09 PM Re: Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills [Re: Mudman63]
Mudman63 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/27/12
Posts: 1920
Loc: Spring & New Braunfels, Texas
Thanks for the suggestions, much appreciated.

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#11893763 - 10/22/16 07:59 AM Re: Best lake within 2 hours of Houston to improve fishing skills [Re: Mudman63]
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Posts: 6917
Loc: Island of Jeff (Humble)
Go to them all. Different things work on different lakes. Going to one lake narrows your ability not grows it.
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