********** NOTICE **********To combat the spread of invasive zebra mussels
, boaters and anglers in Fayette County, Texas are required to drain water from boats and onboard receptacles when leaving or approaching a public water body.
FACILITIES AVAILABLE AT THE LAKE
Boat ramps, bank and pier fishing, and picnic and camping facilities are available at two LCRA parks. For current conditions and hours of operation, call the lake hotline at (512) 473-3333.
Reservations for these facilities can be made by calling the Texas Parks and Wildlife Reservation Center at (512) 389-8900 more than 48 hours in advance. There is a $5 service charge for LCRA reservations made through TPW. To make reservations less than 48 hours in advance, call the park number listed above. For additional information, visit the LCRA web pages for Park Prairie or Oak Thicket Park.
Fayette County Reservoir is first and foremost a largemouth bass
lake. Statewide annual tournament surveys consistently rank this lake at or near the top using quality indicators like average weight and bass caught per hour. Large numbers of two- to five-pound fish are available and relatively easy to catch at most times of the year. Channel, blue, and flathead catfish
have been stocked. The lake record flathead catfish weighed 79.25 pounds and was 50 inches long. Redear sunfish
also provide a fishery, with many fish exceeding 8 inches. This lake is not known for crappie fishing
, and few anglers target this species.
PREDOMINANT FISH SPECIESLargemouth bass
(aka Black Bass, Green Trout, Bigmouth Bass, Lineside Bass)Catfish and BullheadsRedear Sunfish
(aka Shellcracker, Georgia Bream, Cherry Gill, Sunny, Sun Perch)
TIPS & TACTICSLargemouth bass
anglers can be successful year round in Fayette, but the most productive time is between February and June. A lipless crankbait can be very effective in the spring, and allows anglers to quickly cover water. Chrome/blue and red are popular colors. Another extremely effective artificial bait is a Carolina-rigged centipede (french fry) or lizard. Fish slowly around points, along the dam or along drop-offs. A suspending jerkbait, such as a Rogue or Thunderstick, also works well in the early spring. As the water warms, a floating model works better. Topwater baits like chuggers and buzzbaits can produce early and late in the day, or on cloudy days when fished in shallow water, over or along the edge of the vegetation. Medium diving crankbaits are also popular with Fayette County regulars, fished over the top of the grass and along creek channel edges. Many bass anglers use live bait such as minnows and waterdogs. This is a good choice for families with children, as these baits are very effective and easy to fish.Channel and blue catfish
can be caught using stinkbait or cutbait, whereas flathead catfish
prefer live bait and are often caught by largemouth bass anglers working crankbaits along the dam. Redear sunfish
can be caught in the late spring and summer using earthworms or crickets. Look for these fish bedding in shallow water or suspended along the edge of the weedline.
FISHING COVER / STRUCTURE
Standing timber provides cover in the back of some coves. Submerged aquatic vegetation is present in limited quantities. Submerged tank dams, drop offs, roadbeds and creek channels also provide structure. Fayette County Reservoir is a power plant cooling reservoir. This elevates water temperatures and keeps bass active during winter and early spring. The warmest water can be found in the discharge canal, which also has currents that attract large schools of baitfish.
Marine naiad and pondweed species.
FISHING REGULATIONSSpecial bass limits and gear restrictions are in effect. In addition, the LCRA prohibits bow fishing at this lake. title="Freshwater Bag and Length Limits" target=_blank>Texas Parks and Wildlife Freshwater Bag and Length Limits
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