Lake Amistad Fishing Report
May Offers Variety of Options for Catching Amistad Bass
Good Shallow Action
The shallow bite has turned on along shorelines near deep drop-offs and along secondary points to main lake coves. Good quantities of bass to 4 pounds are being caught. Finesse jigs and swimming jigs in natural colors are good choices as are soft plastic stick baits in green pumpkin or watermelon combinations.
Bass to 8 pounds are being caught off main lake flats and deep drops near the flats when wind permits. Three quarter to one ounce jigs free falling down the face of the drops are effective. Brush hogs and lizards fished along the flats are producing. Hard jerk baits along the flats are also good options.
Site fishing is still a good option with fair numbers of fish on beds in 4 to 10 feet of water. Target main lake coves and protected waters.
Big Bass Elusive
The last several weeks have been slow on Lake Amistad. The most consistent bite has been with suspending jerkbaits in 5 to 7 feet of water targeting small coves off the main lake and main lake flat points. These areas are typically yielding 1 to 3 pound fish with an occasional 5 to 6 pounder.
Larger fish are coming off Texas rigged and Carolina rigged soft plastics in 12 to 15 feet of water on the main lake flats. Good signs that larger females are starting to move to the open water flats and humps to spawn.
Downsizing the lures offered and working creek drains along grass lines and points will still produce good numbers of smaller fish with the random 5 pounder mixed in.
Fair numbers of smaller fish are being caught from the backs of major creeks. These are typically post spawn fish chasing shad. Lures resembling injured or frightened shad are the best choice for these fish.
High winds have kept most anglers from exploring the deeper humps and open water areas.
Spawn slow to turn back on
The recent series of fronts have kept the spawn at bay. Many bucks are moving back to the beds and cruising the flats. Early spinnerbaits with gold blades changing to wacky rigged worms as the sun comes up are producing good numbers of 2 to 4 pound fish in spawning coves and flats.
Larger pre-spawn females to 7 pounds are holding in 15 to 25 feet of water off secondary points to the back of coves on both sides of the Rio Grande from markers 15 to 25.
The back of Cow Creek, Rock Quarry cove and Exxon cove are also producing good numbers of bass. With similar patterns.
To target trophy bass on clear days, find drains and secondary points with good submerged trees drop soft plastics in watermelon /gold or watermelon/ candy into the middle of the trees. On cloudy days, switch to junebug or similar color. The key is to look for large beds with larger bucks roaming the area. It may be a slow process, because one tree hidden among hundreds may hold the bass. The biggest bass will be in the middle of the tree.
Sexy minnow swimbaits in rainbow or Amistad Special are also very effective on cloudy windy days slow rolled through area with submerged trees.
Some coves hold fry from early spawners. When fry are noticed, a Bomber Fat Free Shad or similar will draw the post spawn males to strike. As the April full moon approaches, look for the spawn to kick in full gear.