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Water flow: 200 cubic feet per second in Austin
Visibility: 10 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 80 Degrees F
Water condition: Moderately Turbid
Best time of day to fish: Mid morning through early afternoon
Best stretch: Austin to Bastrop
Best access point: Webberville county parks and Fisherman's park in Bastrop
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Frogs Crawfish Shad
Fish species: Black Bass, White Bass, Catfish, Freshwater drum
Fishing season: Summer
Nearest airport: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 1X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 6 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Freshwater Bass WF Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Streamer Stripper Sink Tip Fly Line
The Colorado River is the 18th longest river in the United States and the longest river with both its source and mouth within Texas; however its drainage basin and some of its usually dry tributaries do extend into New Mexico. The 862 mile long river flows generally southeast from Dawson County through Marble Falls, Austin, Bastrop, Smithville, La Grange, Columbus, Wharton, and Bay City before emptying into ...
the Gulf of Mexico at Matagorda Bay.
The Colorado River below Austin offers some of the best bass fishing in the central Texas area. Despite the proximity to Austin, most days we have the river to ourselves. Bass in the Colorado River between Austin and Webberville will typically be larger on average than most other hill country rivers. There is always a possibility to catch a 5 plus pound bass on the Colorado. The catfish in the Colorado can be very aggressive and we catch quite a few of them on flies.
Lady Bird Lake and the Lower Colorado River below Austin provide some of the best urban fishing in the nation. Largemouth bass, Guadalupe bass, catfish and several different species of sunfish can all be caught on the same trip.
Both of these trips make great half day quick get away fishing options. We float the Colorado River in a custom made wooden drift boat or a whitewater raft designed for fishing. Both boats are very comfortable and stable.
Stripping streamers and topwater flies are the way to go.
The Colorado is still muddy from last weeks rains. Should clear later in the week.