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Lake Bastop 9/5/2020 #13692311 09/06/20 01:56 AM
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It was "cool" enough today that my Wife joined me out on the lake. As soon as we got to the ramp, I could see that the water was down about 2 feet. It was a heck of stunt even for me at 6'-5" to get from the dock to the boat. With the water down, the hydrilla has gone crazy. It was actually hard to find any eel grass. To get fish the growth, I tried spinner baits, swimming jigs and flukes, with no luck. We only caught a few bass on a small crankbait.

The water was gorgeous. I just have no idea why the powers-to-be let this lake go down like this.


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Thanks for the update Rayzor. I fished Bastrop twice last year and both times had to fight the Hydrilla. Judging by your post it has not lightened up! Hopefully that lake will improve! thumb


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Originally Posted by banker-always fishing
Thanks for the update Rayzor. I fished Bastrop twice last year and both times had to fight the Hydrilla. Judging by your post it has not lightened up! Hopefully that lake will improve! thumb


If they would just keep the lake at full pool, a lot more of the lake would be fishable. For me, at least. I have talked to people at the park and the power plant. They always say it's at full pool, no matter if it's 3 feet or 1 from the dock to your boat.

Full pool is supposed to 450msl. Right now it is at 448.72.


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It oughta be full now Rayzor! We've had a turd floater goin on here all last night and all day in Jonestown!


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We went out last Friday and again on Tuesday. Lake was down a foot both days. Plenty of eel grass on points and shallows. Hydrilla is plenty and the spiny naiad is everywhere. Two of us boated 14 on Friday and 18 on Tuesday. Water temps were 91 on Fri and 88 on Tues.


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Went out again yesterday. Water temps were down to 83-85. We ended up with 32 with 12 coming out of one spot before sunrise. thumb

Best thing was that buddy caught a 6lb 5oz out of that spot. Anything over 5lbs on Bastrop is considered rare. I caught a 6+ a couple of years ago and that was the last.
The lake is noted for quantity, not quality.


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Originally Posted by Hookem
Went out again yesterday. Water temps were down to 83-85. We ended up with 32 with 12 coming out of one spot before sunrise. thumb

Best thing was that buddy caught a 6lb 5oz out of that spot. Anything over 5lbs on Bastrop is considered rare. I caught a 6+ a couple of years ago and that was the last.
The lake is noted for quantity, not quality.


A bass over 6 pounds, to me, is a rarity on Bastrop. I caught a 6 pounder there years ago on a hollow-body frog. Never had one that big again.


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Does Bastrop also have panfish or catfish? I might head out there next month and I like to keep my options open since I'm not much of a bass fisherman.

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Originally Posted by CarlB
Does Bastrop also have panfish or catfish? I might head out there next month and I like to keep my options open since I'm not much of a bass fisherman.


Plenty of both.


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Originally Posted by CarlB
Does Bastrop also have panfish or catfish? I might head out there next month and I like to keep my options open since I'm not much of a bass fisherman.


I am sure the lake does but I really don't think they are there in large numbers. I could be wrong. There are very few lakes that I haven't accidentally caught a catfish. I have never caught one on Bastrop. My Wife has a knack for catching panfish there but they are all very small. If you live close to Bastrop and want to catch some eating fish, I would go to Lake Decker (Walter E. Long).


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I went Sunday and got more blow ups on a topwater without actually boating one I've ever had. It was crazy. They were knocking it out of the water and just not getting it. Started with a Spook (which almost always catches them out there for me), and after three or four blow ups, swapped out to a Yellow Magic for a smaller profile. Same deal. Followed up several of them with Senkos and caught a few that way. Overall last Sunday...I sucked. Fished 7:30 to noon and only put 6 in the boat. Biggest may have gone 2 and a half pounds. That's not a good day on Bastrop for me. That's a lake Travis day! I tried punching deep hydrilla looking for bigger fish and never got a bite. You guys ever had success punching out there?


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There are a couple of cuts with depth (10ft+) and grass that we caught most of our fish at Sunday.


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first thing brother-in-law does when he buys a Zara Spook is change out the hooks. he swears by it

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Originally Posted by Bayou_Fennec
first thing brother-in-law does when he buys a Zara Spook is change out the hooks. he swears by it


I've caught plenty of bass on Zara Spooks with original hooks on em. I didn't miss any fish. They just weren't getting the bait. When I'm getting blow ups but they're not taking it, generally if I downsize a little ( Yellow Magic), it solves the issue. Sunday was just weird.


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Originally Posted by Rayzor
It was "cool" enough today that my Wife joined me out on the lake. As soon as we got to the ramp, I could see that the water was down about 2 feet. It was a heck of stunt even for me at 6'-5" to get from the dock to the boat. With the water down, the hydrilla has gone crazy. It was actually hard to find any eel grass. To get fish the growth, I tried spinner baits, swimming jigs and flukes, with no luck. We only caught a few bass on a small crankbait.

The water was gorgeous. I just have no idea why the powers-to-be let this lake go down like this.


My Wife and I went back to Bastrop today. It was cloudy and very windy when we arrived. The lake is still at least 2 feet low. The vegetation is unreal. After a slow start, we managed 18 bass. After all of the storms lately, it doesn't look like this lake got a drop. The gates on the dam are at least 1 foot above the water line, so they aren't letting anything out, as far as I know. With the plant being used so infrequently, drawing water from the Colorado is probably not a priority. Getting in and out of the boat is a pain. It was sunny and still very windy when we left.


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