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I was inspired by the member Carbonbass to write this report. I hope that others will be similarly inspired. I remember several members from the old days on this forum who posted frequently about Lake Travis fishing. I'm guessing they still check the forum from time to time.

I've fished Travis once a week this month, usually starting around 6:30 or 7 in the morning and usually stopping after a couple of hours. I found a couple of patterns that have worked for me consistently.

I fish from Briarcliff to the Pedernales out of a G3 jon boat with a fairly old Garmin 2D downscan that usually goes a bit nuts whenever I run the trolling motor, so I'm almost exclusively fishing on the shoreline. I found an area where the falling lake level has produced a shallow shelf 2 or 3 feet wide that drops off into deep (30 ft or so) water. I've been using an old school topwater (Crazy Shad) thrown right up against the edge of the water. A couple of times, I've actually seen bass chasing bait right up to the shoreline and have been able to cast the bait to the spot and caught the fish.

The second pattern is old growth brush that apparently grew during previous low water periods located at the base of a cliff, again with deep water close. Pitching a weightless Senko into the brush has worked well. I lose some from the Zebra mussels I guess, but that's OK.

During the whole month, I've caught only one dink. The rest have been in the 14-16 inch range with typical Lake Travis skinny bodies. I'm content with 2 or 3 fish to take home and eat, but one week I caught a limit of 5. That's my first limit since the spring of 2018 or 2019 which was a real bonanza for me back in the creeks on spawning bass. That was a catch and release period for me since I was catching a lot of big (3-4 pound) spawning females.

I went this morning, but didn't get out until 8 am. The area that previously worked with the Crazy Shad was completely out of the water. I got no action with the topwater.

I wound up catching 3 in my alloted 2 hours with what may be another pattern: Texas rigged Senko with 3/16 oz pegged bullet weight pitched to undercut cliffs (mini-caves) that were shaded. I had to go with a weight because the wind was pretty strong. I fileted the fish at the lake and somehow one filet went missing. I'm guessing I tossed a filet with a skin by accident. The remaining five filets along with some fried okra were delicious.

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Awesome! Topwater seems to be really tough right now, how do you like the weller? I don't drink spirits much anymore (more-so a beer or a seltzer if I do) but bourbon is about the only thing I drink when I do.
You are right about that, topwater is tough but it sure is fun when it works. The Weller is actually my wife's. All she will drink when she can find it. It's pretty scarce.
 

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Great report! I haven’t been to LT in a while but it sounds like you are figuring it out. Those filets look tasty.
Thanks, the filets were very tasty. I had one cold for lunch today. With all my crappie honey holes high and dry, I had to turn to LMB and found that it's just as good as crappie.
 

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Looks like you are running a little low on the double cask.
That's the last of it. Total Wine was completely out of stock last time I went, so I'm trying the Sherry Cask. Can't tell a whole lot of difference.
 

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Its been too hot the last couple of weeks but here is my go to on the big rocks. I am on Colorado Arm of LT at mile marker 41. I use a shaky head Owners hook with the retainer spring and 5” Yum Dinger in Elders Magic color and usually put about 20 in the boat in abou 4-5 hrs. Try that combo next time you’re on LT and see if it works for you as well. Most were not over 2 lbs with many being about 1 lb. Good Luck and thanks for the great report. GH
 

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Thanks for your response. Looks like you are located only 2 miles from the Pedernales which is normally the upper limit of my range. When the weather is a bit cooler, and assuming there will be enough water in that part of the lake, I might just venture up your way and check out those rocks. I use the Yum Dinger Texas rigged when I use a weight, but haven't tried it on shaky head. Do you swim it or fish it more slowly? Do you ever run into any crappie in your area? All my crappie "spots" are out of the water.
 
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