Fishing Lake Amistad

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Lake Amistad is located on the Rio Grande just North of Del Rio, Texas.  In 2010 it was recognized as the best bass fishing lake in the United States.  Standing on the end of a dock you can see 10 feet straight down through the clear blue water.  The amount of water fluctuates depending upon the rainfall and the amount that is released for downstream irrigation.  Since it is formed by the Amistad Dam blocking the Rio Grande River which is the border between the United States and Mexico there is an international border that runs right through the middle of the lake.  As a result, if you are fishing the Mexico side, everyone in the boat must have a Mexico fishing license whether they are fishing or not.

There are several fish species found in the lake, but those that are most important to fishing include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, white and striped bass.   As of this month, August 2018, fishing for black bass is good using crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft plastics.  Strippers are fair on shad and watermelon topwater.  Yellow catfish are good on trotlines baited with live perch.

So far there are no Zebra Mussels in Lake Amistad and they want to keep it that way.  The law requires draining of water from boats and onboard receptacles when leaving or approaching public freshwater.

The clear water at Lake Amistad is due to the rocky structure.  There are multiple rock ledges, steep rocky drop offs, points and shorelines.  Additional structure has been provided by local organizations such as placing Christmas-tree attractors near Governor’s landing.  Governor’s landing is a camping site, well developed and near the water.  There are several other camping sites that are available around the lake.

So how are you going to be most successful?  Largemouth bass seem to be best during the fall, winter, and spring using topwater baits, buzzbaits and spinner baits.  The largemouth bass is the most abundant sportfish in the lake.  White bass are best during the spring spawning runs.  Their population is maintained only because of frequent stockings by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department due to their inability to successfully reproduce in the reservoir.  Smallmouth bass are best in the Devils River arm of the lake and catfish are found throughout the lake.  Stinkbait and cut bait work well for channel and blue catfish.  For all of your fishing and camping needs don’t forget to visit the businesses on this page for a great selection of quality fishing and camping gear.

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