Central Texas offers a variety of unique angling opportunities year around. Local rivers allow anglers to explore miles of fishable water and find solitude even near urban centers. Natural springs and tail waters enable access even in years of drought and low water. Target species include Guadalupe bass (the state fish of Texas), large mouth bass, trout, carp, gar, freshwater drum, and a variety of sunfish species.
GUADALUPE RIVER TAILWATER
With cold water releasing from Canyon Lake dam, the Guadalupe River tailwater is the southern most trout stream in the United States. Just outside of New Braunfels, this special fishery receives generous stockings from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department along with the Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited chapter. Target species include both rainbow and brown trout. This is a unique opportunity for a trout fishing experience in the heart of Texas. The Texas trout "season" typically runs from November through late spring.
SAN MARCOS RIVER
The Texas jungle river. From its birthplace in downtown San Marcos, the river flows out of Aquarina Springs. The constant flows and steady water temps means the San Marcos River fishes well year round even in years of major drought. This year round consistency also means that the river is home to unique plants and animals that you won't see on other rivers. Target species include: smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, Guadalupe bass, Rio Grande cichlids, and a variety of sunfish species.
LOWER COLORADO RIVER
No not that Colorado River! The Colorado River in Texas is the 18th longest river in the United States and the longest river with both its source and its mouth within Texas. The Lower Colorado River or "LoCo" is located just east of the state capital of Austin and is the best Guadalupe bass fishery in the state. The world record Guadalupe bass, the state fish, was caught in this stretch and large specimens are caught here with consistency. Along with the prized Guadalupe bass, the LoCo is also home to big largemouth bass, white bass, buffalo, gar, and freshwater drum.
The Guadalupe River offers much more than trout fishing. Both the upper hill country reaches and the lower river below the tailwater offer great angling opportunity and solitude. The upper stretch consists of clear water and limestone bottom allowing for sight fishing of bass, carp and sunfish. However, rainfall plays a big part in accessibility of these sections and not floatable in drought years. The lower stretches because of dams provide more consistent water levels and access year around.