We took a short family vacation with our friends to the Guadalupe River this past weekend. With Canyon only releasing 60 cfs, it was a bit more paddling than actually floating. Either way, we had fun-filled 4 days. We floated the "horseshoe" between the FM 306 bridges.
Now to the good stuff. I had never fished the Guadalupe, so I was on a mission to catch a Guadalupe, a Smallmouth & a Rainbow trout. The fishing wasn't phenomenal, but I would say it was solid.
First fish of the trip for me was a complete surprise. About a 10# striper caught on a brown ball-head jig
Just a few minutes after landing the striper, a 4# tank crushed the same brown jig
Day 2 had us getting up at daylight and going down river. We were in search of the trout. We went through multiple "pools" without getting any bites or seeing any action. We parked the raft and continued wading down river, searching for a trout to cross off the list. After a couple of hundred yards, we came to pool that had a good "rapid" and looked like deep water. Before making the first cast, I saw good rainbow dart by. I told my buddy Jason that we found 'em! I was throwing a little white, Mepps inline spinner on a spinning rod with braid to a 10# fluoro leader. On the second or third cast, it was smoked by monster rainbow. This isn't another "fishing tale", it was truly a 5# rainbow. As I'm fighting it, the man who's house is up on the hill from the river, comes down in his side-by-side. He proceeded to cuss us like a dog. He's screaming and yelling that us "bass fishermen" are killing the trout. That there are only 100 trout left in the river. It's too hot down stream and the stripers eat them up stream. He goes on yelling that he feeds them twice a day (6 am & 7 pm) and that he's the only reason there are 100 trout left! During the time that he's giving us a tongue lashing, I'm shaking like a leaf trying to land the monster. I'm finally able to get my hands on it, only to realize we don't have our phones on us, they're a couple hundred yards up river in the raft. Anyway, we decide to just leave. He was the biggest Richard Cabeza that I've ever encountered while fishing. For anyone who's looking for basically farm fed rainbow trout, here are the coordinates. Go blow that hole out and let Mr. Deloach know I sent ya! I took a screenshot that afternoon when we floated by. When you see the red canopy by the flagpole with the American & Texas flag, you're in the juice!! (Coordinates: lat 29.8664 long -98.1563)
Day 3, I was finally able to connect with a Guadalupe on a dropshot & caught a great Smallmouth on a black/blue ball-head jig, as well as another stud river bass.
Here's pic of the trout lures as well as the bass lures I was using. For the jig trailers, I used some small Grande Bass beavers that I've had for years (maybe 10 years old??). They were the perfect size and really worked out great.
If you're headed to the river with the family for one last getaway before school starts, be sure you take a little fishing gear with you. If I just ruined one of your trout holes, I apologize but you can thank John Deloach