Greetings to everyone,
My son visiting from Anchorage, Alaska and I made day trip over to Stillhouse Lake (Lower Lampasas River) yesterday. The forecasted temps for the day were 64-88dgrs with winds from the South 6 - 20mph gusts. We had partly cloudy skies at the house but fog was covering the lake. With that we didn't get launched till 8:30am. By noon the skies started clearing and it turned into a beautiful day bright sunny day.
Our trip lasted from 8:30am - 5pm we caught (6) bass with the (4) largest weighting 12lbs 10oz.
The lake conditions varied depending on your location from being clear to stained. Water temps ranged 76 - 78dgrs again depending on your location. We launched out of Dana Peak Park and made a short run to Cedar Gap landing. We dropped the trolling motor and fished the hydrilla line down the rocky, brush laydown bank line.
Our first short fish came from flipping a Texas Rigged Sweet Beaver down the hydrilla line. There was a 3hr gap between our first and 2nd fish. We'd had stopped for lunch and retied some baits. We talked with a kayak fisherman briefly as he paddle past us. He had some success on catching some up in the river on a White Swim Jig. We got the lunch trashed picked up I dug into the rod box and found a Strike King Sexy Shad Swim Jig tied on.Strike King 3/8oz Sexy Shad Swim Jig with white grub trailer
My son's 2nd cast he boated our 2nd bass of the trip.Dwayne's first Lampasas River Largemouth Bass
We had fished for another hour or so with out a strike. With the river being up we got to fish some areas I've never had access too before. The area looked great with standing timber and flooded bushes. The last area we fished is an area I called the Lampasas River Cut.
Below are some pictures of the area. We made (2) passes around this area.
Pictures of the location we caught our (4) biggest bass. Lampasas River Looking WestEntrance into the cutLocation where biggest bass caughtLooking South through the Cut
As mentioned above we made (2) passes around this area near the entrance. We used (2) baits to catch our (4) biggest bass.
Texas rigged 10in Culprit Shad Ribbon Tailed Worm and Texas Rigged Reaction Innovation Sweet Beaver.Culprit Ribbon Tailed Worm Texas Rigged Sweet BeaverOur (4) largest bass weighDwayne with our fishOur big bass of the catch
The (4) largest bass were all caught in 4.5ft of water (See Screen Shot below).Screen Shot of Lampasas River CutTackle used to catch our fish during this trip
Willowleaf Bleeding Shad Spinner Bait setup; Rod> BPS Extreme 7ft (MH) Fast Tip Casting Rod; Reel> ABU Garcia REVO S low profile baitcasting reel; Line> Berkley Big Game Clear 20lb test; Bait> Academy 3/8 oz Wahoo Modified Willowleaf Spinnerbait
Swim Jig Setup: Rod> BPS Extreme 7ft (MH) Fast Tip Casting Rod; Reel> ABU Garcia REVO S low profile baitcasting reel; Line> Berkley Big Game Clear 20lb test; Bait> Strike King 3/8oz Sexy Shad Swim Jig with White Grub Curly Tail Trailer
Texas Rigged Worm Setup; Rod> BPS Extreme 7ft (MH) Fast Tip Casting Rod; Reel> ABU Garcia REVO S low profile baitcasting reel; Line> Berkley Big Game Clear 20lb test; Bait> Culprit 10in Shad colored Ribbon Tailed worm; Worm Sinker> 3/8oz Picasso Pro-Metal Red weigh; Hook> BPS EWG 5/0 Worm hook
Texas Rigged Sweet Beaver Setup; Rod> Lee Smith Custom Rod (LSCR) 7ft (MH) Fast Tip Casting Rod; Reel> ABU Garcia REVO SX low profile baitcasting reel; Line> Berkley Big Game Clear 20lb test; Bait> Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver 4.20 Bloody Mary; Worm sinker>3/8oz Picasso Pro-Metal Camo weigh; Hook> Trokar 4/0 Flippin Hook
Boat fished from
2004 Stratos 285 PRO XL Dual Console w/ Yamaha 150 VMax; Trolling motor> MinnKota foot control 80lb Fortrex; Electronics > Lowrance Hook 7 on Bow and Console
It was a great day spent with my son on the waters.
To check out more about Stillhouse Hollow Lake just click on the link below. Stillhouse Hollow Lake