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San Gabriel "The Steps" White Bass 2020 #13442213 02/17/20 05:16 PM
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The Wife and I fished "the Steps" Sunday 2-16-20. We got there about 3pm. As Usual, a lot of cars and a lot of people. We didn't bring our waders so we went upstream to the bend in the river. We ended up with two keepers only. We saw a man with about 8 on his stringer leaving as we were getting there. We didn't see many people with a lot of fish. The water looks good. the banks have changed over the year/s. It was a beautiful day out there. TX Game Wardens were out checking fish and license. Make sure you follow the laws and bring your fishing license.

The Spawn is just getting Started. My Wife and I will be back soon.

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Re: San Gabriel "The Steps" White Bass 2020 [Re: catchnrelease] #13442538 02/17/20 09:53 PM
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Thanks for sharing... fish

Re: San Gabriel "The Steps" White Bass 2020 [Re: catchnrelease] #13443049 02/18/20 01:59 PM
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I'll be heading out there saturday by boat. I'll report back on monday next week



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Re: San Gabriel "The Steps" White Bass 2020 [Re: catchnrelease] #13443239 02/18/20 04:08 PM
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Did pretty good yesterday caught north of 20 fish kept ten as I only keep 'em 11 inches and bigger to completely avoid being the next star on Lone Star Law. Caught most of my keepers in little pocket water away from the bigger pools and runs and the crowds. All males so the best is yet to come. Took the scenic route down hwy 95 got to remember why Texas is a great place to live and that not much changes once you get a bit away from I-35, just wish it was easier find places to hunt here.

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Re: San Gabriel "The Steps" White Bass 2020 [Re: catchnrelease] #13443373 02/18/20 05:56 PM
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Nice catch, Bones72!

Re: San Gabriel "The Steps" White Bass 2020 [Re: catchnrelease] #13443383 02/18/20 06:07 PM
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Originally Posted by catchnrelease
The Wife and I fished "the Steps" Sunday 2-16-20. We got there about 3pm. As Usual, a lot of cars and a lot of people. We didn't bring our waders so we went upstream to the bend in the river. We ended up with two keepers only. We saw a man with about 8 on his stringer leaving as we were getting there. We didn't see many people with a lot of fish. The water looks good. the banks have changed over the year/s. It was a beautiful day out there. TX Game Wardens were out checking fish and license. Make sure you follow the laws and bring your fishing license.

The Spawn is just getting Started. My Wife and I will be back soon.

tight lines!


I just missed y'all again. (Since I'm half blind I didn't recognize who was yelling at me on the Yegua smile )Ben and I were at the Steps from 7 AM to 10AM and again for about an hour in the early afternoon. The fishing was definitely better early morning. Thanks for the update and great photo.

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Originally Posted by Bones72
Did pretty good yesterday caught north of 20 fish kept ten as I only keep 'em 11 inches and bigger to completely avoid being the next star on Lone Star Law. Caught most of my keepers in little pocket water away from the bigger pools and runs and the crowds. All males so the best is yet to come. Took the scenic route down hwy 95 got to remember why Texas is a great place to live and that not much changes once you get a bit away from I-35, just wish it was easier find places to hunt here.


Looks like you were using the electric chicken clouser grin I wish I would have known you were heading this way I might have been able to sneak away and join you. I look forward to fishing with you soon. Y'all sure got I lot more water than we did so I plan on heading that way soon.

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Re: San Gabriel "The Steps" White Bass 2020 [Re: catchnrelease] #13444299 02/19/20 03:11 PM
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I will be in the area around the 13-15th of March. Will the spawn be full on? I was there last year about the same time and it was slow to dead. 2 days and i caught four barely legal whites. No one else there was doing much either. I'd love to hit it when the run is full bore. That water is beautiful. I saw several pods of hefty whites, and so did other fishermen there, but the bite was VERY S;LOW.

Re: San Gabriel "The Steps" White Bass 2020 [Re: Lovfldx] #13444385 02/19/20 04:21 PM
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Originally Posted by J-Moe
Looks like you were using the electric chicken clouser grin I wish I would have known you were heading this way I might have been able to sneak away and join you. I look forward to fishing with you soon. Y'all sure got I lot more water than we did so I plan on heading that way soon.


That one was a double with one on each flavor I am just not the iPhone photographer some folks are just happy to make the darn thing work most days. I'll be heading down the next time the weather permits during the week. Yeh seems like a little more rain this way but more towards that specific area. Seems as if the rain likes to go in a triangle between 29, 71, and I-35. Was surprised how mucked up the water was four days after the rain moved out but could have been the masses trudging through the water too, so who knows. Getting a pretty slow steady rain here in Killeen today. Radar is showing about the same thing around Granger but I have been fooled by that before. I want to try some of these guys out the next time I am down there. Even have some in that electric chicken color pattern.

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I will be in the area around the 13-15th of March. Will the spawn be full on? I was there last year about the same time and it was slow to dead. 2 days and i caught four barely legal whites. No one else there was doing much either. I'd love to hit it when the run is full bore. That water is beautiful. I saw several pods of hefty whites, and so did other fishermen there, but the bite was VERY S;LOW.


It is all weather dependent, rain, cold fronts etc.. . If it was clear enough to see the fish they may get a little spooky and instead of darting off when seeing folks on the bank like many species in my experience whites just tend to get lockjaw. Also they may have decided to be more interested in each other and their purpose for being up the river. They tend to get lockjaw when they have lovin' on their little peas sized minds. Usually early in the mornings and late evening is when the bite is best. And yes the run should be on pretty good when you are in the area. There are also other area rivers and creeks to checkout that aren't too far from there in addition to other sections of that specific place on the river if the bite is slow where you are fishing.

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Re: San Gabriel "The Steps" White Bass 2020 [Re: Bones72] #13444436 02/19/20 05:14 PM
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Thanks for the info. Since i was not familiar with the layout, i never went more than 100 yds in either direction of the actual steps. I was not prepared for wading the pools either. The more successful fishermen were had on waders and were in waist deep water, casting either jigs or minnows under a float, into the deeper pockets of water that had a sort of eddy or backwash. That is where i saw the larger pods of whites. I was on a small bluff looking down and across the river, At water level those pods were hard to see. I will in all likelihood give it a shot and give myself enough time to go either up or downstream looking for likely looking fish holding pools.

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This is my favorite DFW bank fishing spot for whites and hybrids, the Elm Fork of the Trinity. As you can see, it's dangerously high due to heavy winter rains. When it goes down it will be GAME ON! Unfortunately, more heavy rains are due this week.

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When the water level is down to what you can see in the background of this pic, well you see the results, lol!

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You must have ruined that nice shirt with all that white bass slime. roflmao

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Re: San Gabriel "The Steps" White Bass 2020 [Re: catchnrelease] #13444762 02/19/20 08:45 PM
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Lot of neat pics in this thread thumb

Re: San Gabriel "The Steps" White Bass 2020 [Re: catchnrelease] #13446939 02/21/20 07:48 PM
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I forgot to share a pic of the big white bass I caught. For the San Gabriel "the Steps" area, this was a good fish. I didn't measure this one, but she was big. These whites are 11 inches on average down here. Nice and fat; she was released to live another day. I want to get back out here soon. But... it's my Wife's birthday weekend. She would rather go somewhere other than fishing this weekend. I have to give in and take her. I feel a sick day coming next week though. LOL.

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This water looked awesome this day. I'm sure it is muddy today.

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