Fished Bridgeport Friday (7/28) for the first time with a buddy who has fished there a dozen or more times. I was really impressed with the backwaters up by Wise County Park where we put in... very scenic to begin with and we had a pretty good shallow-water bite early, boating nine fish before 8 AM and missing at least that many that hit short. Most were caught on weightless Senkos and flukes with a couple coming on topwater (Yellow Magic and Whopper Plopper). Nothing bigger than 1.5 pounds.
After the sun cleared the tree tops we moved into the main lake and fished our way down the east shore and then flipped the marina at 380/114. Had lunch at the Shell station, as much to get out of the sun for a while as anything else. Good lunch; great service! We didn't boat another fish after the morning bite, though we saw some keeper-sized bass following our lures. We saw fish on the graph on some deep points but couldn't get them to bite. Water temperature was 88+; air temperature was headed to 103*.
The water is amazingly clear right now. We were harassed all day long by blue gill or sunfish mugging our worms. I was hoping there were bass around big enough to eat the blue gill we saw, but if they were there, they didn't make their presence known. My buddy has had pretty good luck around the boathouses in the North Side Marina & Resort area (30' plus deep water), but we couldn't get more than bluegill rat-a-tat-tat strikes yesterday.
First impression: I like the lake and, Good Lord willing, I plan to fish it again soon. It's a relatively short drive from Fort Worth and appears to be able to generate some good numbers. They must have had a good spawn last year as we saw a lot of 10"-12" LMB and small fry from this year. I can't speak to the presence of large fish since I haven't seen anything like that yet. Looking at the map there is a lot of lake left to explore given the river channel that leads to another part of the lake to the west. Something for another day.
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Florida Native by Birth, Texan by Choice