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Re: Decker Lake Water Level [Re: Liebers Dad] #13329280 11/01/19 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Liebers Dad
Talked with a guy at basspro earlier today who said he fished it earlier this week, but he made no mention of a low water issue. I am now concerned because I'm headed there with a buddy Sunday. Usually kill em on Decker (last trip was a 22# bag after culling from roughly 30 fish), but now I'm worried enough about the level that I called COA parks. They were less than useless so I still have no idea if I can even launch. I have trouble launching there anyway and if the level is way low I'm "attached to another object by an inclined plane, wrapped helically around an axis" and will need to find another lake. How's Bastrop been?



Might contact someone at Central Texas outdoors, I think they host a tournament out there every Sunday.

Travis is fishing really good right now as well

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Re: Decker Lake Water Level [Re: Jarrett Latta] #13329317 11/01/19 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Jarrett Latta
Originally Posted by Liebers Dad
Talked with a guy at basspro earlier today who said he fished it earlier this week, but he made no mention of a low water issue. I am now concerned because I'm headed there with a buddy Sunday. Usually kill em on Decker (last trip was a 22# bag after culling from roughly 30 fish), but now I'm worried enough about the level that I called COA parks. They were less than useless so I still have no idea if I can even launch. I have trouble launching there anyway and if the level is way low I'm "attached to another object by an inclined plane, wrapped helically around an axis" and will need to find another lake. How's Bastrop been?



Might contact someone at Central Texas outdoors, I think they host a tournament out there every Sunday.

Travis is fishing really good right now as well


Jarrett, are you on many fish over 3 pounds at Travis? That lake confounds me. LOTS of dinks up to about 2 pounds, but man I have a hard time getting better fish out there. I see a few around the marinas that are in the 3-5 pound range so I know they're here. And I catch an occasional one in that range, but not one or more per trip.


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Re: Decker Lake Water Level [Re: Emmett] #13333849 11/06/19 03:26 PM
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So here's the skinny I got. First I called COA parks and got told they have no control over water level that LCRA controls that which is false, but I called LCRA anyway. Sure enough, LCRA only pumps water at the direction of COA or more precisely austin energy, but they guy DID tell me they are returning water to the lake S-L-O-W-L-Y. So I called COA parks back and asked again and got transferred to someone in SALES at austin energy who obviously had no clue.

So, on to the fishing part. I went out Saturday afternoon just to make sure I could get on the water. I had to back all the way down the ramp to get flat enough to launch. My hitch was almost in the water, but I was able to launch without tearing up the boat. The end of the ramp is fairly flat, hard sand/ I should mention here that I have a hydraulic jack plate on the motor which makes it much easier in shallow water, although I saw plenty of other boats out there.
You can launch no issue. You can trailer with no issue provided you are deep enough.
As long as your vehicle has enough power to pull up a steep hill you should be fine to go.

now for the fishing part. i did not wet a line Saturday, but go out Sunday at 630am. Got to one of my favorite spots on the lake by 7 (had to wait on my back seat). He got a blow up on a pearl fluke (about the only thing he'll throw!), but missed the fish. It wasn't big. He missed another a few minutes later. That's it. That's the report. There was no other action and I saw no other boats even get a sniff.

Water temp was 65-63 across the lake. Plant generated for about an hour around 8am. lake level was roughly 4-5ft low. lots of hydrilla mats in the coves.

Its a shame, but it seems the draw down really screwed fishing this lake this fall. Damn shame too because some of my best days are on Decker in November.

Re: Decker Lake Water Level [Re: fivebites] #13334301 11/07/19 02:11 AM
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Originally Posted by fivebites
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Originally Posted by Liebers Dad
Talked with a guy at basspro earlier today who said he fished it earlier this week, but he made no mention of a low water issue. I am now concerned because I'm headed there with a buddy Sunday. Usually kill em on Decker (last trip was a 22# bag after culling from roughly 30 fish), but now I'm worried enough about the level that I called COA parks. They were less than useless so I still have no idea if I can even launch. I have trouble launching there anyway and if the level is way low I'm "attached to another object by an inclined plane, wrapped helically around an axis" and will need to find another lake. How's Bastrop been?



Might contact someone at Central Texas outdoors, I think they host a tournament out there every Sunday.

Travis is fishing really good right now as well


Jarrett, are you on many fish over 3 pounds at Travis? That lake confounds me. LOTS of dinks up to about 2 pounds, but man I have a hard time getting better fish out there. I see a few around the marinas that are in the 3-5 pound range so I know they're here. And I catch an occasional one in that range, but not one or more per trip.



That's just Travis. Tons of smaller fish with occasionally a good one

Re: Decker Lake Water Level [Re: Liebers Dad] #13334304 11/07/19 02:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Liebers Dad
So here's the skinny I got. First I called COA parks and got told they have no control over water level that LCRA controls that which is false, but I called LCRA anyway. Sure enough, LCRA only pumps water at the direction of COA or more precisely austin energy, but they guy DID tell me they are returning water to the lake S-L-O-W-L-Y. So I called COA parks back and asked again and got transferred to someone in SALES at austin energy who obviously had no clue.

So, on to the fishing part. I went out Saturday afternoon just to make sure I could get on the water. I had to back all the way down the ramp to get flat enough to launch. My hitch was almost in the water, but I was able to launch without tearing up the boat. The end of the ramp is fairly flat, hard sand/ I should mention here that I have a hydraulic jack plate on the motor which makes it much easier in shallow water, although I saw plenty of other boats out there.
You can launch no issue. You can trailer with no issue provided you are deep enough.
As long as your vehicle has enough power to pull up a steep hill you should be fine to go.

now for the fishing part. i did not wet a line Saturday, but go out Sunday at 630am. Got to one of my favorite spots on the lake by 7 (had to wait on my back seat). He got a blow up on a pearl fluke (about the only thing he'll throw!), but missed the fish. It wasn't big. He missed another a few minutes later. That's it. That's the report. There was no other action and I saw no other boats even get a sniff.

Water temp was 65-63 across the lake. Plant generated for about an hour around 8am. lake level was roughly 4-5ft low. lots of hydrilla mats in the coves.

Its a shame, but it seems the draw down really screwed fishing this lake this fall. Damn shame too because some of my best days are on Decker in November.



Lake is in great shape. Couldn't find a pattern today but water did come up to 74-75 degrees and bait pushed out to 22-24ft. I think alot of fish went out with them. Water temps need to stabilize and get cold in my opinion. Plenty of hydrilla and milfoil to fish all winter

Re: Decker Lake Water Level [Re: Emmett] #13334553 11/07/19 01:36 PM
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Fished Decker for a couple of hours yesterday. Only caught 3 fish in 2 hours. I could tell there wasn't going to be a good pattern and decided I had better things to do. The lake is about the lowest I've seen it but I launched my Ranger Z520 no problem. 4wd definitely helps on that slick ramp more than ever. There is definitely a ton of grass in there again this year and I'm sure the fishing will be good again this winter. Crazy how many boats are on this lake these days. When I started fishing this lake in 2002 there was hardly anyone out there this time of year. I guess Austin keeps getting bigger and bigger.

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Originally Posted by doctorb
Fished Decker for a couple of hours yesterday. Only caught 3 fish in 2 hours. I could tell there wasn't going to be a good pattern and decided I had better things to do. The lake is about the lowest I've seen it but I launched my Ranger Z520 no problem. 4wd definitely helps on that slick ramp more than ever. There is definitely a ton of grass in there again this year and I'm sure the fishing will be good again this winter. Crazy how many boats are on this lake these days. When I started fishing this lake in 2002 there was hardly anyone out there this time of year. I guess Austin keeps getting bigger and bigger.


When lake Austin had grass there was zero reason to go to decker or anywhere else actually. Now that it's a dump, decker is the next closest grass lake.

Re: Decker Lake Water Level [Re: Jarrett Latta] #13335152 11/07/19 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Jarrett Latta
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Fished Decker for a couple of hours yesterday. Only caught 3 fish in 2 hours. I could tell there wasn't going to be a good pattern and decided I had better things to do. The lake is about the lowest I've seen it but I launched my Ranger Z520 no problem. 4wd definitely helps on that slick ramp more than ever. There is definitely a ton of grass in there again this year and I'm sure the fishing will be good again this winter. Crazy how many boats are on this lake these days. When I started fishing this lake in 2002 there was hardly anyone out there this time of year. I guess Austin keeps getting bigger and bigger.


When lake Austin had grass there was zero reason to go to decker or anywhere else actually. Now that it's a dump, decker is the next closest grass lake.


That is essentially what happened. Downfall of Lake Austin and the drought several years back put a lot of people on Decker and they realized it was actually a pretty good lake. I enjoyed the spring sight fishing on Lake Austin but otherwise I never was a big fan of that lake/river. Too many knuckleheads out there for me. I just don't enjoy big crowds on the water. Luckily I also have a jet boat that I use to fish the lower Colorado river away from the crowds. Now that is some fun fishing especially if you like to flip heavy jigs. It's a seemingly endless supply of lay downs.

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Re: Decker Lake Water Level [Re: Emmett] #13354152 11/27/19 04:06 AM
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Any updates on water level?

Re: Decker Lake Water Level [Re: Emmett] #13354273 11/27/19 12:50 PM
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Still low as of last Wednesday. Launched my Ranger Z520 no problem.

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