Well I have fished Lake Travis since the late 1950's and focused on Cypress area for over 30 years - this is the slowest fall fishing I have seen - can't explain what is wrong, but everything that has worked before is not working.
I confirm...mid-lake is far better. I fished Sandy and down south today ...and had one of my worst days on travis. I had to work for a few fish. Of course.. this morning was a slow bite. as the wind picks up generally the activity comes up. I had to get off the water by 1300.
Ive been killin em down around big sandy. But I will say its been taking a little while to find pattern. I suggest going any spot on the lake you know has fish, even if small. Use your fishfinder. Stay there and adapt to what they want til you nail a pattern. Once this is done anywhere on LT will work. Boated 50+ fish two weekends ago, and a partner and I boated 43 last weekend. Both weekends were totally opposite for patterns. I hope this weekend the weather holds up, because my son needs to get in on the action!
Wow, thought it was just me yesterday, but maybe just where I fished. Last two Wednesdays was fishing mid-lake in the Arkansas Bend area and found a ready bite. Then fished lower end yesterday 2-5:30 and only got two bites off some bluffs and a cove by the dam that have always produced for me this time of year, but not so much yesterday. Fished a south shore/Hudson Bend area cove across from Starnes for about 30 mins and nada. Then moved to Cypress Creek for the last 1 1/2 hours and didn't get a single bite. Lesson learned, mid-lake it is next time for me.
I have always produced where I have fished for three trips this fall and it is like fishing in the middle of summer - a bite here - a bite there - no pattern - tried several baits that have always produced year round. Weird!!!!!
I've been having good luck with watermelon seed baby brush hogs T-rigged on a 2/0 offset hook and a 1/8oz black bullet sinker.
Used that 2 weeks ago in Sandy Creek and just around the corner in the coves with the two power plants and pulled out 9-10 keepers, most of them flipping into the docks.
Yesterday we went out late and had no luck at sandy creek so we cruised down to devil's hollow. started just past the power dock with the warning signs and established a pattern finally around noon. the wind got pretty nasty so I motored us up to the start and let the wind drift us all the way back as far into the creek as I could go.
We basically used the wind to troll and bounced baby brush hogs right on the bottom in 4-17 feet and picked up 18 fish (1 was a gaspergoo) between about noon and 4pm.
My buddy was using a bass assassin creature bait that was similarly colored and had good luck with that as well.
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