Lady Bird Lake contains an excellent population of largemouth bass. It is not uncommon for anglers to catch and release 20-30 bass per day in the 2-3 pound size range. Quality panfishing is also available. This reservoir contains some very large redear and redbreast sunfish. It is also a popular fishery for large carp (over 30 pounds).
PREDOMINANT FISH SPECIESLargemouth Bass
(aka Black Bass, Green Trout, Bigmouth Bass, Lineside Bass)Catfish and BullheadsSunfishCommon Carp
(aka German Carp, European Carp) Bass Identification Guide Channel and Blue Catfish Identification Guide
TIPS & TACTICS
Because of the clear water conditions, this can be an excellent night fishing lake for largemouth bass
. Casting white spinnerbaits and topwaters or pitching jigs with medium to medium-heavy bait casting tackle to the shoreline cover often works well. For live-bait fishing try minnows suspended under corks along the shoreline cover. Sight fishing for bass during the spring spawn is also popular. Sunfish
are fun to catch on a fly rod or with light spinning tackle. Large common carp
have been caught using prepared baits.
FISHING COVER / STRUCTURE
Most of the cover on this reservoir is located along the bank and consists of laydown logs and trees, overhanging brush, cypress tree roots, bulrush, and cattails. Some submerged aquatic vegetation can be found in the lower end of the lake near the Longhorn Dam. This vegetation grows on humps located offshore. There are also some weedbeds in the upper end of the lake. Barton Creek enters on the south side at approximately mid-lake. The water in this spring-fed creek remains warm during the winter.
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations: Texas Parks and Wildlife Freshwater Bag and Length LimitsLAKE RECORDSSTOCKING HISTORYLATEST LAKE SURVEY REPORT"Lady Bird Lake", Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Web. Jun-25-2014