Current Hill Country Fishing Report
Guadalupe River Trout Fishing Report
April 13, 2017: Trout fishing on the Guadalupe River remains good. Especially in the mornings. Brown trout were stocked in the river about three weeks ago and they have settled into the river and are doing very well. The rainbows continue to look healthy and flows/water temperatures are also good.
Fishing in the morning seems to be the best right now, as we have a number of good hatches (some tricos along with caddis and a few BWO) in the mornings. We have had some nice afternoons recently, but, as a whole, the fishing has been better in the mornings and late evenings. This is a good time for a half day float trip!
Flows remain at or about 450cfs, and the inflow to Canyon Lake is (as of the writing of this report) close to the flow being released from Canyon Dam, but is dropping steadily each day. We did have a nice rain event this past week, and had a couple of days with stained water, but the river has rebounded quickly, and the water has cleared throughout most of the trout zone.
Suggested flies: A good mixture of big (worms, girdle bugs, prince nymphs) and little (RS2, caddis emergers, hare’s ears, etc)
Tip #1: Fish in the mornings
Tip #2: Fish are holding in the moving water.
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Warm Water Report
April 12, 2017:
The Llano River near Castell got a a good bump in flow this past week. Fishing has been good to very good on the Llano in recent weeks, with a mixture of largemouth and guadalupe bass coming to hand. This past week I had one of my best days on the Llano in recent memory, with numerous largemouth in the 2-4 pound range and I continue to see good fishing being the norm on the Llano. One thing I am trying to do on the Llano right now is to stay off the more commonly fished sections, as you can tell where people have been fishing and where they have not, simply by the willingness of the bass to chase a fly.
The rains from this past week have the river off color right now, but I expect the color to improve quickly and the flows to remain good for the next few weeks. Lots of streamer fishing right now, with a slight mix of topwater on overcast days. Bright colors seem to do better for the bass and the sunfish will take most anything you put in front of them.
The South Llano River near Junction has moderate to good flows right now and did not get the big wash that the Llano in Llano County did from the recent storms. Still mostly streamer fishing, but steady fishing with brighter colors doing better than dark colors. I have had a number of good days on the South Llano this Spring, and expect the topwater fishing to pick up (especially in the mornings) as we get into late April and early May.
The Guadalupe River near New Braunfels is picking up. The recent rains put a little murky water into the river, but not enough to put the fish down. A little topwater bite right now, but still doing better work with streamers.
The Colorado River downstream of Austin remains in a big water cycle right now. Full lakes means sending water down to the rice farmers in the lower part of the valley. I have gotten good reports of fish being caught in the early mornings, but you have to time your trip to the Colorado correctly right now.
The San Marcos River is running big and off color. It will likely be a couple of weeks before it is back in condition.
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