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Lake Travis Fishing Report - September 2017

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John and Matt Thurston with a few of the more than 20 Lake Travis
Water Level: 671.49

Water Temp: 81 degrees

The fall transition has begun.  Surface temperatures are ranging from 80 degrees at first light to 83 in the afternoon.  Falling temperatures have triggered the annual fall migration of baitfish and bass shallow.  We are early in this fall transition period, so there are still plenty of fish deep.

To target shallow fish, top waters and crankbaits cast towards rocky banks on main lake points and bluff walls are triggering vicious strikes from hungry largemouth and Guadalupe spotted bass hunting for a meal.  This pattern has been producing some of my best quality fish (up to 5 lbs).  Early morning has been best for this bite.

There are also some schooling bass early in the mornings in and around marinas and in deep water near bluff walls.  These schoolers are targeting small threadfin shad.  Pop-Rs, walking baits, and small swimbaits are productive for these fish.  Schooling activity has not been lasting very long, so its very important to be on the water at first light to capitalize on these fish.  Overcast days will extend this bite.

The deep bite right now has been the most dependable.  My clients and I have been finding and catching bass schooled up on ledges in 25 40 feet of water.  Good electronics make finding these fish very easy.  Drop shots and shaky head finesse worms have been drawing strikes from these fish.  Green pumpkin and watermelon red have been the most productive colors.  Persistence pays off with these fish.  You may have to locate and fish several schools before you find the ones that are ready to eat.  Take note of the size you are catching as schooling bass tend to all be at/around the same size.

Fishing on Travis is good right now but will only get better as the weather and water temperatures cool.

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Ray Tomasits - Hill Country Bass Coach

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