Types of Fish
predominant fish in the Amistad Reservoir are
Other fish found in the lake are carp, sunfish, blue gills, and
are the most popular and most abundant sport fish in the reservoir.
Channel and blue catfish are present in good numbers with an
occasional flathead showing up.
Striped bass are popular and sought
by anglers due to their strong fighting characteristics and their
potential for trophy sizes. Frequent stockings by the Texas Parks
and Wildlife Department maintain the striper population because they
have not successfully reproduced in this reservoir.
provide popular seasonal fishing during spring spawning runs.
are present; anglers report better success with this species in the
Devils River arm of the lake.
Reservoir is dominated by rocky structure. The lake abounds in rock
ledges, steep rocky drop offs and rocky points and shorelines. There
are some areas with timber. Lake Amistad has some vegetation, but
not much considering it's size. The primary type of vegetation here
is hydrilla. It can grow in depths of forty feet of water. The
amount of cover is dependant on the lake levels.
Largemouth bass anglers
are most successful during the fall, winter, and spring months.
Topwater baits, buzzbaits and spinner baits work well in the early
morning and late evening. Crankbaits can be effective along rocky
shorelines, points and drop offs. At midday many anglers turn to
plastics such as Texas and Carolina rigged worms or grubs to
effectively fish the deeper waters near vegetation or rocky
Catfish anglers can find channel and blue
catfish throughout the lake. Stinkbait and cutbait work well for
both species. Many anglers try to improve catch rates by "baiting"
catfish holes with sour grain to attract the catfish. The best
action for white bass is during the spring spawning
runs. These occur from late January through March as whites migrate
up rivers to spawn. Effective baits include rattle traps, jigging
spoons and live bait such as minnows.
The deep, clear water at
Lake Amistad provides
fishing at all levels. Many techniques are used here by the top
fishermen in the World. ESPN has rated this the number one lake for
largemouth bass. They are right.
Lake Amistad is known for it's
largemouth bass or
black bass. The conditions are perfect and the
population is abundant. There are many bass here over ten pounds,
some over fifteen and maybe a few over 20. I'm still looking...