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#12560779 - 01/02/18 06:47 AM Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats
Holdenoutdoors Offline

Registered: 01/03/08
Posts: 41
Loc: San Antonio Texas
Lake Amistad is supposedly a dangerous place. If we make the trip, what are the specific dangers/threats we face? What to avoid? How bad is it? Do’s and Don’t s. Please share any/all information with me y’all. I’ve heard horror stories and my wife doesn’t want us to go. What do the local experts recommend as far as avoiding certain areas etc? Any recent MO information on criminals? Any/All information appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Haulin' Bass since 1972

#12560785 - 01/02/18 06:59 AM Re: Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats [Re: Holdenoutdoors]
BriannShell Offline
Extremely Happy Angler

Registered: 03/17/10
Posts: 2363
Loc: Rockwall, Tx & Lake Fork
I went last year for the first time and had zero problems and will be headed back this year. Friends I go with have been going for 10+ years and they have had zero problems. I'm sure there are some issues that have been had by folks over the years they can share but my experience and that of my friends have been good.
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#12560787 - 01/02/18 07:01 AM Re: Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats [Re: Holdenoutdoors]
James Biggs Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/11/06
Posts: 3060
Loc: DFW area
Amistad is not Falcon. I feel completely safe fishing Amistad on the Texas side. Devils river has a bunch of fish and is the farthest away from Mexico.

#12560791 - 01/02/18 07:15 AM Re: Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats [Re: Holdenoutdoors]
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Registered: 11/18/09
Posts: 28610
Loc: Denton County
Only danger is getting your arm ripped off by a DD bass bruh!!


PS I have never been, but go to Falcon once a year and have never had even the slightest hint of an issue. Just use common sense. Dont go alone, buddy system is the way to go. Mind your business. Be back at the motel by dark. Lock your stuff up and stay aware of your surroundings. If something looks fishy (other than that bush on that point) get out of dodge and maybe report it to local LEO if it looks really strange....there is PLENTY of them down there. We have gone into Mexico and using those same principals and remembering you are NOT in the US anymore and are a guest in THEIR country, act like one, you wont have any problems. The people are warm and friendly and not interested in making beef with American fisherman. If anything they are happy to see you bringing legal money into the area.
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Pulled a gun on his dryer and they caught a bunch of fish.

#12560792 - 01/02/18 07:16 AM Re: Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats [Re: Holdenoutdoors]
Troyz Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/09/06
Posts: 2093
Loc: Lake Fork
Not sure why you think Amistad is a dangerous place. I fished it for about 15 years when I lived in the San Antonio area. Fished all over the Mexican side from the Pecos River Ramp (High Bridge) to the dam and never encountered anything to make me feel unsafe in the least. Over the years I have run into a few people on the Mexican side that were working or fishing and we exchanged greetings and went our ways. I have never heard of anyone encountering any problems while fishing on the Mexican side.

#12560794 - 01/02/18 07:20 AM Re: Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats [Re: Holdenoutdoors]
6BOOMER Online   content
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Registered: 01/16/12
Posts: 977
Loc: Del Rio, Tx
"Lake Amistad is supposedly a dangerous place" Where did you hear this? There is no problems on the water. The area is NOT Falcon as mentioned, And Falcon is not a problem lake if your not doing anything illegal. The only problem on Amistad is if you don't know the lake and potential hazards (ie: Rocks, and brush out of water).

#12560808 - 01/02/18 07:31 AM Re: Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats [Re: Holdenoutdoors]
Badbassdad Offline

Registered: 08/30/16
Posts: 41
Loc: Fort Worth TX.
I have driven to amistad and taken my boat from FW. my teen aged son and I have fished amistad 4 times in the last 2 years. we have gone to the mexican side (acuna) caught giants and caught numbers, we have only had problems with the water level fluctuating and the heat... the lake is great!!!

#12560814 - 01/02/18 07:40 AM Re: Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats [Re: Holdenoutdoors]
Chris B Online   content
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Registered: 05/02/03
Posts: 8530
Loc: Prosper, TX
The only thing dangerous there is the walk from the boat ramp to your vehicle.

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#12560842 - 01/02/18 07:58 AM Re: Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats [Re: Holdenoutdoors]
Gitter Done Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 12140
Loc: San Antonio Tx.
Fished Amistad a lot over the years with no problems at all!

Side Note: Leaving your boat parked for just a minute in Delrio is another story!

#12560872 - 01/02/18 08:24 AM Re: Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats [Re: Chris B]
9094 Offline
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Registered: 08/11/09
Posts: 7884
Loc: Albany
Originally Posted By: Chris B
The only thing dangerous there is the walk from the boat ramp to your vehicle.

That is only because it is so far to the parking lot and uphill all the way that you might pass out roflmao

#12560905 - 01/02/18 08:40 AM Re: Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats [Re: Holdenoutdoors]
206champion Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/12/04
Posts: 2498
Loc: Decatur
I have fished Amistad several times never had a problem one of my favorites places is in Zoro in Mexico , I have never seen anything but the netters (heck if I'm close to them i practise my spanish they talk back to me lol) I have only fished Falcon one time no problem I had a guide tell me at Falco use your head if you were to see something suspicious just leave. Go enjoy Amistad I wish I was going ,If you are planning on fishing Mexico get a Mexican fishing license.
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#12560996 - 01/02/18 09:29 AM Re: Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats [Re: 206champion]
TxPanhandle Offline

Registered: 07/02/11
Posts: 324
Loc: Texas Panhandle
I go to Amistad spring and fall for a month each and have been going since 2007 and never had a problem except as mention previous the walk up the ramp.
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#12561005 - 01/02/18 09:35 AM Re: Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats [Re: Holdenoutdoors]
CowboyVet Offline

Registered: 08/26/14
Posts: 88
Loc: Drippin Springs
Get a Mexico fishing license so you don’t have to worry about which water you are in. We fished last December without any problems.

#12561178 - 01/02/18 11:26 AM Re: Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats [Re: Holdenoutdoors]
texasbass1 Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 02/12/05
Posts: 6277
Loc: The Colony, TX
I've never had any problems at Amistad. Sounds like someone is trying to scare off the competition.
Pat Leach

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#12561216 - 01/02/18 11:58 AM Re: Lake Amistad Dangers/Threats [Re: Holdenoutdoors]
Captain Chunk Offline

Registered: 05/14/09
Posts: 373
Loc: The Hilltop
If you launch at Diablo East and have to park at the top of the hill, wait until another truck is pulling up and catch a ride before walking up it. That uphill walk is a danger and a threat.

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