Canyon Lake Fishing Report


Canyon Lake Dam released 73 cubic feet per second (cfs), conditions were clear and cold, and there was a Caddis, Damsels, and Mayfly hatch in both morning and afternoon sessions with topwater and nymph patterns working effectively.

Largemouth bass are among the most sought-after species in this reservoir, and many anglers pursue them successfully. There are also plenty of white and channel catfish in this lake.

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Canyon Lake is an excellent place for trout fishermen. Trout are abundant in this lake and can be caught through various methods; trolling, casting, and fly fishing all work well here. Canyon Lake also boasts some incredible scenery to add an added element of beauty when fishing for trout!

Canyon Lake provides excellent largemouth bass fishing opportunities. This clear lake boasts an abundant population of these fish that can be caught using techniques like trolling, spinning, and jigging. The best time for bass fishing is early morning or late evening.

White crappie are plentiful at the upper end of Lake Ontario, often caught near drowned timber in river channels and coves with rocky points used as ambushes to ambush forage. At Horseshoe Bay and near Horseshoe Island, they can be found near coves or pockets containing coves where smallmouth bass have ambushed prey for ambush hunting opportunities.

Canyon Lake provides ample opportunity to catch catfish. You can target numerous species here, such as bluegill and black crappie. There are some excellent spots to fish for these fish at Canyon Lake, often by looking for structures or brush piles.

Canyon Lake Property Owners Association (POA) ensures a healthy ecosystem by regularly stocking it with fish. It offers year-round fishing for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, White Crappie, and Rainbow Trout. There are numerous marinas, campgrounds, and golf courses on Canyon Lake – perfect for family outings to this scenic lake!


Canyon Lake’s vast waters provide habitat to many fish species, including largemouth bass. These agile predators can grow to over 20 pounds and offer an exciting experience on your line. Largemouth bass anglers tend to find success during spring, fall, and winter, targeting vegetation along main lake points and rocky shorelines as well as targeting rock ledges with flooded timber along main lake points or rock ledges with timber attacking them from below as well as crankbaits fished around brush or snags can bring success!

Canyon Lake offers anglers of all ages and skill levels the challenge of fishing for smaller sunfish species, offering an enjoyable fishing experience for anglers of all ages and skill levels. These energetic freshwater creatures boast beautiful scale colors with ornate fins as they forage for food along the shoreline, coves, or submerged structures – peak activity occurs between June and August when populations increase significantly.

Catfish have long been considered ambush predators. These mighty beasts lurk below the water’s surface or hide among underwater structures, waiting for unsuspecting prey to pass them by, striking up bites where no one expects it. While catfish are active year-round, two seasons offer anglers prime opportunities to capture them.

Crappie, bluegill, and sunfish are popular species to catch at Canyon Lake. These species can often be found during spring and fall when temperatures are more favorable; these fish often swim near shore in shallow grassy waters and troll deep cuts or shelves during the day or night.

Canyon Lake provides an exceptional fishing experience in the Texas Hill Country and makes for an excellent day trip destination. The Corps of Engineers maintains eight public parks, 23 boat ramps, two marinas, campgrounds, and other facilities on this accessible lake that can be reached by car or boat. There are equipment rentals and supplies available through retailers and numerous options for food and drinks available onsite, not to mention hiking, swimming, camping, and shopping activities besides fishing – for more information, visit the Canyon Lake website.


Canyon Lake is home to numerous sunfish species, such as bluegills and redear sunfish, with fishing reaching its height in late spring or summer when these hard-fighting fish are on their spawning beds. Jigs and spinners work best at coaxing these hard-fighting fish into biting; crappie fishing peaks in fall, when these hard-fighting fish move deeper, flooded terrestrial vegetation for winter feeding; during this period, anglers target rocky points, rock ledges, and timber while soft plastic baits such as worms tend to work best at coaxing these hard fighting fish into biting!

Canyon Lake provides trout anglers with year-round success thanks to a carefully administered trout management program. Broodstock is utilized as part of this effort to maintain an adequate population of mature trout while at the same time protecting fragile Colorado River cutthroat trout populations that only account for 13 percent of their original range, thus creating an unparalleled fishing opportunity.

Largemouth bass anglers succeed most at Canyon Lake in spring, fall, and winter. Summer’s high water levels may make finding bass in its deep basin difficult, but these fish can often be found around flooded terrestrial vegetation and shaded areas when temperatures cool. Topwater baits like buzz baits, Zara Spooks, and Pop-Rs often prove successful during morning and evening hours, while crankbaits have proven remarkably successful on main lake points, rocky shorelines, and under flooded timber.

Canyon Lake’s striped bass populations have been somewhat dispersed this season. To target them successfully, anglers should focus on targeting them in the upper third of the reservoir, as rock ledges and terrestrial vegetation dominate their lower third; when temperatures cool off further, striped bass move shallow sloping areas to feed. When targeting these fish, anglers can try trolling crankbaits, jigs, or grubs.

Fishbrain mobile app provides users with accurate information about fishing conditions at Canyon Lake. Users can create profiles, save baits, and track fishing activity across Texas Hill Country waters.


Canyon Lake is a highland reservoir with clear waters and steep, rocky shorelines, featuring abundant game fish such as largemouth bass, spotted bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, trout, redbreast sunfish, channel, blue, and flathead catfish, longnose gar, and redbreast sunfish for game fishing purposes; channel blue catfish also make an appearance as do channel catfish and flathead catfish as do longnose gar. Threadfin shad, gizzard shad, sunfish spot tail shiners as forage sources for foraging mayfly larvae to support fish species like largemouth bass; largemouth bass, white bass, as well as threadfin shad, smallmouth bass are prevalent forage sources compared to smallmouth bass that usually inhabit these waters compared with foraging bases of threadfin shad, smallmouth bass.

Largemouth bass fishing is one of the lake’s most beloved pastimes, especially during spring, fall, and winter months when conditions are ideal. Their numbers are thriving thanks to an annual Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stocking program in midwinter.

Smallmouth bass are another highly sought-after target species in the lake, as these fierce fighters can often be caught near rocky points near the dam or deep waters when temperatures increase in summer.

Striped bass, an aquatic creature that thrives in freshwater and saltwater environments, was introduced into this lake as sport fish; their population is maintained through stocking programs implemented by Texas Parks and Wildlife and other agencies. They have an exciting fight and sportfish to catch.

One key to fishing this lake successfully lies in determining when and under what conditions game fish will be active. For maximum success, try fishing early morning and evening when temperatures are calm; afternoon fishing may prove challenging due to heat waves and lethargic fish.