What do Texas guides do when temperatures starting hitting 100 degrees regularly and clients stay home? We go fishing, of course. Central Texas gets hot in the summer and our fishing comfort level decreases to evening half-day trips. What else says “like a boss” than ducking out of work early on a Tuesday evening to fish “magic hour” on the Lower Colorado (LCR). As if that’s not reason alone our friends at TexasParks and Wildlife recently released a much anticipated study about our state fish the Guadalupe Bass. (More on that later.)
Shea and I hit the water around 6pm the other night and after I (regretfully) tried a new boat launch routine which resulted in lots of cranking and yanking on a flooded outboard, after about 45 minutes, we were up and running. We ran wide open for 30 minutes until the water started looking good. Something you don’t hear around these part very often is “A lot of” and “Rain” used in the same sentence, but we’ve had a lot of rain lately! The “yo-yo” flows have made this a challenging spring and summer so far, but we are managing to catch fish and some great ones at that.
We chose this section of river for a reason; it’s rocky and shallow, which is the habitat for our state fish, the Guadalupe Bass. Up until recently there has been a lot of misinformation surrounding the purity of this fish. You see, back in the 70’s The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) for no good reason stocked a lot of our rivers with Small Mouth that bread with the Guads and created a hybrid fish that isn’t a Small Mouth and is definitely not a Guadalupe. Over the past few years we have been catching, photographing and releasing a fish that we were certain was the native Guadalupe. We even started asking researchers and biologist to prove us wrong. Well it’s official, with recent research coming from our friends at TPWD and Texas State University (TSU), everyone at All Water Guides (AWG) is quite confident that the new world record Guadalupe Bass will come from the Colorado River east of Austin. This was echoed by TPWD Aquatic Scientist and avid fly fisherman Dakus Geeslin who recently shared his expert opinion in response to the latest research on Guadalupe Bass. “This is pretty significant, in fact up until this latest round of genetic analysis, folks including myself believed the Guads east of Austin to be slightly hybridized. …You guys [AWG] should really latch onto this as an opportunity to put somebody on a world record pure Guadalupe Bass.”
Here is the link to the research mentioned above:
We appreciate the great work and collaboration between TPWD and TSU researchers. Happy to see 100% strain Guadalupe Bass in the Colorado River! For years we have had our share of naysayer’s who have questioned our catches/photos of huge Guads as “hybrids” or “spotted bass.” Our intuition has been validated at last! Collectively, the guides at AWG have spent over two decades fishing for Guads on the Colorado River. We love nothing more than sharing our unmatched experience and knowledge with others.
Yet another reason to come down and fish Texas on the fly.