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Colorado Bend White Bass Run #13090283 03/12/19 09:14 PM
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Hey everyone its finally that time of year to go hit the rivers and do some white bass fishing. I will be headed out around Colorado Bend State Park this weekend and was just trying to get an idea on the run so far. Anyone with pictures or Intel on how the run is currently going please share!

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Re: Colorado Bend White Bass Run [Re: Nikhubb] #13090468 03/13/19 12:40 AM
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Welcome to the forum, Nikhubb.

I'm sure if you use a larger font next time, someone will give a report, grin

Joking. I don't see a lot of reports come through from this place, but I know from experience the fish are probably there. Good luck.

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welcome


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Welcome aboard Nikhubb. Love it out there at the Bend. Fish at night if you can. Much better results. Run has been going on for a few weeks now, might be close to finishing up.

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The weather there has been stop and go for the run. That said, Ive heard of whites being caught all the way into May in past years.


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The fish are biting. Even catching quite a few crappie.
If you are planning on going to the state park you better have reservations or get there extremely early. They have had the gates closed to anyone that doesn't have a reservation.

This weekend will be really busy with spring breaks happening.

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Keep an eye on the LCRA Hydromet. Up river mustve had some good rains because in Goldthwait, it jumped to 1600 cfs, meaning the water has to go somewhere, and its rising now at the park. Which sucks, as I have camping reservations for tomorrow. If the water rises, the fishing will be gone until the water gets back down. Any others watching this too?

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1600CFS isn't that much and won't last long. I wouldn't worry about it.

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I was up there at the Bend a few weeks ago (during the week) and there were several boats. Caught some nice ones up there but not near the numbers as other years. Maybe they are later this year...


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River is up about 3 foot as of this morning at Sulphur Springs.

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Running 2100 cfs but slowly dropping. Will probably be tomorrow when the water is back to normal, but I'm sure this swift water might've sent the whites back to main lake? Either way, I'm fixing to head out there for the weekend, hoping I will be able to drop my yak in the water.

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I'll be heading down tomorrow until next Thursday. If they got knocked down a bit, I hope they jump back up quickly!
Weather isn't supposed to be great but it will be nice being out there.

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Originally Posted by Kirk Shankle
Welcome aboard Nikhubb. Love it out there at the Bend. Fish at night if you can. Much better kresults. Run has been going on for a few weeks now, might be close to finishing up.

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The run has barely even started. The weather has been keeping the big waves of fish away. As soon as we get some steady warm weather, it will be on. Warm spring rains will get em going.

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I went for a few hours this afternoon. Water was high and muddy, all the rocks and islands were underwater. I didnt catch anything, and I didnt see any caught by anyone else, either. That big rain Tuesday night no doubt responsible, Id wait a couple more days at least, to give it time to clear up


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We are going Sunday and Monday. Hopefully we can get some stability in the weather and better water.


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[align:center][/align]Id guess the water will be down by then, barring further rain. Please give us an update on conditions when you go.

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Heres a helpful site which shows the flow at Bend. Looks like conditions are now better, and will be back to normal by tomorrow.

https://hydromet.lcra.org/Charts/?siteNumber=1925&siteType=flow&agency=LCRA


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Camped there last week. Saw limits being pulled out.





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Does anyone know if there is ATT cell service on the river between the falls to the boat ramp?


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In the south, pretty much any fish that doesn't get bigger than a pound or so is called a perch. For some reason, this drives some people crazy.
Someday I hope to learn how to make the size of roadtrip's quote smaller

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Originally Posted by Jon
Does anyone know if there is ATT cell service on the river between the falls to the boat ramp?
I can't speak about AT&T, but as of last year there was zilch coverage for T-Mobile.

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We fished below the park and caught some nice ones all around 17". We also trolled around near the mouth of the river and caught several there too...


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Originally Posted by Jon
Does anyone know if there is ATT cell service on the river between the falls to the boat ramp?



Very limited service between Fall Creek Falls and Bend. Few spots you can get out but its sketchy at best

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Originally Posted by RockportTed
We fished below the park and caught some nice ones all around 17". We also trolled around near the mouth of the river and caught several there too...


Was this yesterday?


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Well we went this past weekend, water was high, dropped steadily all weekend tho. Hard to get them to bite with the muddy water. Ended up catching 8 females. I will go back out this weekend and try on friday before the rain and see if the water has cleared up.

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Originally Posted by Nerodia
Heres a helpful site which shows the flow at Bend. Looks like conditions are now better, and will be back to normal by tomorrow.

https://hydromet.lcra.org/Charts/?siteNumber=1925&siteType=flow&agency=LCRA


Thanks for posting this! Very helpful for the future

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Originally Posted by BrandoA
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Does anyone know if there is ATT cell service on the river between the falls to the boat ramp?



Very limited service between Fall Creek Falls and Bend. Few spots you can get out but its sketchy at best

That's good to know, thanks. We were going to do a meet up at the ramp thing when one person got there late but we've sorted that out and everyone coming at the same time now so no worries. Thanks for the reply!


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In the south, pretty much any fish that doesn't get bigger than a pound or so is called a perch. For some reason, this drives some people crazy.
Someday I hope to learn how to make the size of roadtrip's quote smaller

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Yes... We fished Sunday afternoon and then most of the day yesterday...


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Nerodia; there are almost no 17 inch white bass in Buchanan. If you caught fish that size, you may want to review the fish ID section at the top of the white bass/ Hybrid forum.

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Originally Posted by beltonbill
Nerodia; there are almost no 17 inch white bass in Buchanan. If you caught fish that size, you may want to review the fish ID section at the top of the white bass/ Hybrid forum.


Belton Bill: you got the wrong guy-went last week during high water, and got royally skunked! Lol


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I'll be headed out to Bend, TX again this Friday to hopefully catch some more females. I'm guessing the water has had time to clear up since last Sunday. I'll post a report Sunday after I catch my limit wink

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I plan to drive up again tomorrow. Looks like the flow is pretty much back to normal now. Well see how theyre biting!


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FYI, Colorado Bend SP is closed for any access due to capacity as of 12:30 Friday. Expected to open up after 2 but were turning around and heading back to Brownwood. Lady at the gate said the fishing is picking up some after the muddy water starting to clear up but no where near what it was before the river came up. When we drove back across it still looked murky. This is what she park police lady told us but she wasnt fishing just going by what people told her.

Hoping Pecan Bayou has some whites running. When we drove across that bridge last night at almost midnight we couldnt see the color but it was reported to have been cleared up back to normal which is never very clear.

For anyone down here at the Bend and fishing, I hope the lady was Wrong!!!


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I drove up yesterday. Arrived at 2:30 in the afternoon, fished until 6:30. Caught 16, but only half were keepers, and only one of those was a big female. A fly rodder fishing nearby had twenty on his stringer, but he had been there since dawn. Almost all of his were males as well. I think the river needs to drop at least a few more inches.


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Well between the 5 of us fishing this weekend we sure did pretty good. Limits were caught daily between us. Water was still brown but they were biting in the quicker moving currents throughout the entire day.

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love fishing this area. just beautiful

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friend just got back today. Said the fish are still in pretty thick.

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Has anyone tried the bend recently? Me and a buddy are going this afternoon, so hopefully we have a good report

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Caught 15 after work yesterday. 10 keeprs and 5 short ones. There were 3 other guys fishing near us and they were all catching fish as well

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So whites still there. They always stay into April.


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Has anyone had any luck in the last few days? Was contemplating one more trip but wanted to see if there has been any recent action.


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You're my hero bro. Thats my goal, to have a day where I walk out with a stringer like that.


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I started catching them about the third week of February. Thinking this year we will start a few weeks earlier. Anyone have success early in February -- maybe the first week?


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I'll let you know. I'm camping there the first week of Feb for a little recon!

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I'll let you know. I'm camping there the first week of Feb for a little recon!


Planning a trip there middle of Feb. Never been before are most people fishing from the bank or in boats? Was planning on taking my kayak with me.

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Yeh I would take the yak to get away from the crowds in the limited bank fishing area.

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We caught 32 last weekend between 2 of us. They are definently moving up. These were caught about 2 miles down river from CBSP.

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Yeh I would take the yak to get away from the crowds in the limited bank fishing area.


Is it best to go up river or down?

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Depends on the time of year. Right now down river & it’s slow but you catch magnum whites. Late feb through late March stay shallows & catch keepers, but big numbers. Been fishing that stretch of river for 15 yrs. If the whites or crappie don’t bite the blue cat bite is awesome yr round.

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I am looking forward to the run, it is coming soon.

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Gonna give it a shot on Sunday hopefully it wont be a waste gas.

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How did you do?

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Caught 4 small males and a crappie. We trolled down to the waterfall. Its not on like i hoped it would be.

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Tad bit early?


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When is thepeak season?

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Mid March


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What do you guys like to throw at em out there?





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Small jigs, white or chartreuse.

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Thanks Jsinn. I'll be camping right off the riiver for 6 days in 3 weeks. Can't wait, maybe I'll see you out there.





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Hey guys. Thinking of taking a small den of boys for BSA (Webelos) to try to teach them to fish, hopefully catch heh, clean, cook, build a fire etc...and told the State Park is a good place. I have all the tackle. Thinking some weekend in March. Any good spots to take the boys on the SP where we can spread them out and maybe get them on some fish?

Not trying to horn in on folks, but not many places to camp and go over this stuff with them. Lots of places for day fishing, just not so much for camping where they can catch.

Hoping to know more tomorrow night at the den meeting as to when.

Thanks! If anyone is out and about when we go, would love for folks to stop by and let them ask questions. Really want them to catch the bug for fishing...I know my son already has it as he is my first mate, heh

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Russ, if you are looking for a place to camp at the park that may be hard to do right now. If you want to book a camp site during the white bass run you have to do it usually months in advance. Due to the white bass run and it being spring break it gets booked and crowded fast. Call the park though, I remember seeing or hearing something about scouts and they may have accommodations to allow you in, possibly? If you don't get a camp site and you want to bring the kids up during the day I'd recommended getting there before 9 or 10 am. they close the park down to incoming visitors once it reaches capacity,which is happens really fast. If you do get in to fish and the conditions are right ( water level not high, not muddy, not flowing fast and the fish are running) you should be able to find a spot upstream from the main camping area to catch in the least a few fish for the kids.
Last year I took my 3 yr old son camping and on the first day we were there about dusk we caught 15 in about 45 minutes from the bank, he had a blast and almost caught one by himself. next day heavy rains from up north raised the river level 3 ft, dirtied the water and sped up the flow, took 2 days for the bite to come back. We only caught 3 more fish the next few days. That was the only thing to stop the bite from happening. This is one of the best places to get the fishing badges and a lot of others for the BSA, just takes a lot of planning. Hope you can get in and the kids have fun. good luck

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Any updates? What's the flow like?

Heading down tomorrow banana





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Flow today at Bend is 208 CFS

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hey brandon tell us that story about you and jackie. That was so funny we are still laughing

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Re: Colorado Bend White Bass Run [Re: Nikhubb] #13476400 03/18/20 04:35 AM
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Anybody been out lately? I will be there next Thursday - Sunday camping. Hopefully will catch some sandbass. If it has been raining down there like it has up north of Dallas, im screwed haha

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FF- we have not had the rain that north Texas has had. They are saying rain for us the end of this week, but not terrible. You should be good. Enjoy!!!

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Great news! whats the word on the sandbass there?

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I have seen pictures of fish being caught, but havent been there myself.

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Thats close enough for me

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How is the Bend park (bank fishing) on week days? I hear it can get pretty crowded there on weekends. I'd love to get in on some good whites and crappie. But with the virus [censored] going on, I would like to avoid too many folks. Maybe I'll do Belton lake/Leon river upstream from 36 bridge. Both are about the same distance from me.


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Very crowded on the weekends but not bad during the week.

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I live in Denton Co and we just got work of shelter in place. I guess that I wont be going Thurs to the park. Man, very disappointing because I have been wanting to camp there for 2 years. I finally got a riverfront site, and now cant go due to the rule

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Hey fishin, We are in a stay-at-home here in Austin but one of the essential activities include hiking, walking, outdoor activities, so I'm not letting this stop me as I will be there camping and kayak fishing starting tomorrow!

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Fishin, that is a rule for your city, you should be able to roll out of your city A okay

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Originally Posted by Woods Bass
Fishin, that is a rule for your city, you should be able to roll out of your city A okay


I was looking into it more today, and decided to pack it up and roll out in the morning. Nice Austinyakker. I'll be in a tan Tacoma. If you see me say hi

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Originally Posted by Fishin' Fool
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Fishin, that is a rule for your city, you should be able to roll out of your city A okay


I was looking into it more today, and decided to pack it up and roll out in the morning. Nice Austinyakker. I'll be in a tan Tacoma. If you see me say hi



So how was the fishing?

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