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Lake Info: Austin, Texas


Lake Austin was formed in 1939 by the construction of Tom Miller Dam by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Lake Austin is one of the seven Highland Lakes created by the Lower Colorado River Authority, and is used for flood control, electrical power generation, and recreation. Loop 360 spans the lake at the Pennybacker Bridge.

Fishing Description: 

Fishing Regulations

A Triploid Grass Carp Permit is in effect on this lake. If a grass carp is caught, it must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. All other species are currently managed with statewide regulations.

Angling Opportunities

Lake Austin contains an excellent population of largemouth bass bass with the potential for a trophy. Many bass weighing 8-10 pounds are caught each year. The reservoir also has some good quality bluegill, redbreast, and redear fishing, and has low-density populations of flathead and blue catfish. Fishing during the summer months is best done at night due to heavy recreational boating activity in the daytime. Anglers should use caution when fishing at night

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

Largemouth bass anglers should concentrate their efforts in and along the edges of weed beds that line the shoreline. During the summer months (especially on weekends) pleasure boating activity on this reservoir makes fishing from a boat difficult, if not impossible. Anglers should plan trips early in the morning or at night this time of year.

Because of the clear water conditions this can be an excellent night fishing lake for bass.

Casting white spinnerbaits and topwaters or pitching jigs with heavy bait casting tackle to the weed beds and boat docks often works well. Other popular artificial lures include plastic worms and jerkbaits.

For live-bait fishing try minnows suspended under corks along the weedlines. Sight fishing also works well during the spring spawn which occurs February through April, depending on the weather.

Because cold water is released from Lake Travis just upstream, bass will spawn later in the year on the upper end of the lake. Look for them in the backs of major creeks, around marinas and in the numerous boat bays that line the lake. Panfishing can also be good along the edge of the weedlines using small tube jigs or crickets on light spinning tackle, or small poppers with a fly rod.

Largemouth Bass
Catfish Family
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Fisherman's Bait House
  • 4601 Red Bluff Rd - Austin, TX
  • (512) 386-9693
    Adam's Outlet Fly Fishing
  • 3507 N I-35, #B - Austin, TX
  • (512) 499-8381
    Ultimate Fishing Light
  • 11679 Research Blvd - Austin, TX
  • (512) 345-1910

Boat Rental

    Zilker Park Boat Rentals
  • - Austin, TX
  • (512) 478-3852

Vacation Rental

    Horseshoe Bay Gem Vacation Rentals
  • 108 Lachite Dr - Horseshoe Bay, TX
  • (512) 751-3357

Bar and Restaurant

    Jones Richard Bar B Que Restaurant & Catering
  • 4514 W Gate Blvd - Austin, TX
  • (512) 892-3301
    Fivestar Bar-B-Que
  • 3638 Bee Caves Rd, #104 - Austin, TX
  • (512) 328-2599

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