Fishing on Lake Austin

July 8, 2015by Brian Talley

Lake Austin Docks and Boat housesWould you like to fish on central Texas’ constant level lake? Lake Austin is a popular spot for fishing, and here is some information to get started:

What is Lake Austin?

Lake Austin is on the Colorado River in the City of Austin. Its surface area is 1,599 acres, with a maximum depth of 75 feet. Its Conservation Pool Elevation is 491.95 feet, with clear to slightly stained water clarity. Lake Austin is a constant level lake, but slight fluctuations can occur based on releases from upstream Lake Travis. Watermilfoil and pondweed are found in Lake Austin.

What kinds of fish are in Lake Austin?

The predominant fish species in Lake Austin are Largemouth bass (excellent,) Catfish (fair,) and Sunfish (good.) Lake Austin has a large population of Largemouth bass, with potential for trophy-sized catches. Eight to ten pound bass are common. Some good quality bluegill, redbreast, and redear can be found, as well as low-density populations of flathead and blue catfish. Night time fishing is more likely to be successful during the summer, when there is heavy recreational boating.

Fishing Cover/Structure

Bee Creek near the Tom Miller Dam and Bull Creek near the 360 Bridge crossing enter Lake Austin, as well as other creeks. Strategically placed brush piles and boat docks provide cover for fish, as well as natural cover provided by boulders and rock slides off bluffs.

Tips for Fishing on Lake Austin

For Largemouth bass, concentrate in and along the edges of weed beds that line the shoreline.

Plan for early morning or night fishing during busy summer months.

Sight fish February through April, during spring spawn. Bass spawn later in the year on the upper end of the lake due to cold water releases from Lake Travis. Look for bass in the backs of major creeks, around marinas, and in boat bays.

Recommended bait: White spinnerbaits, topwaters or jigs, plastic worms, and jerkbaits, as well as minnows suspended under corks for live-bait fishing

For more information and tips, including stocking history and lake records, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Lake Austin page.