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I was just researching this very topic. Going to hit LA tomorrow and looking for some tips. I would think deeper water and work real slow.

At least you got out there.
 

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One thing to consider with Lake Austin regarding temperature is that the water for LA comes from the bottom of Travis: it is usually mid 50s F year round near Mansfield dam, when they are releasing. So in the summer, the downstream end of the lake will be warmer, but in the winter, the upper end closer to Mansfield dam may be warmer, like tomorrow AM when the air temp will be 30F or less (only true if they are releasing, and there are no releases listed on the LCRA site). If they were releasing, I would target deeper water upstream of Quilan if going to LA. If no current, I might sleep in, or check out Bastrop or Fayette. Good luck guys. Looking forward to your reports; tell us your temps too if you can.
 

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Heck of an article! I may go back out tomorrow and give it another try. Or I may just take your suggestion and head out to Bastrop, probly an equal amount of travel time from where I keep my boat.
 

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Sorry, I have no way of telling water temps. My electronics on the boat are extremely primitive. But I have a birthday coming up and I'm planting the idea of new electronics in my wifes head!
 

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Yep no temp guage here either.  I guess I can bring the meat thermometer along with me.   :)

Thinking about trying Carolina Rig tomorrow or jig. What the heck.
 

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Hit Lake Austin from noon till dark today put 12 or 13 in the boat had 4 keepers in all for 17.43 big fish was 10.5
All fish caught on a watermelon candy fluke except two on a crankbait. Didnt expect the fishing to be good today considering the cold temps but we found a dock with some good grass around it in about 12-15 ft of water and the fish were stacked up. All fish except one was caught at the same spot. So i would say the fishing on Austin is definately heating up if you can find them. Full video report at TTZ1.com in fishing reports part of forum.
 

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im curious to know how long the air temp needs to be cold for it to lower the temp of a water body that size enough to make a considerable difference in the fishing? its gotta take a little while right, a day or so maybe???? surley if its been 80 degrees out for two weeks and then a cold front comes in overnight dropping the air temp down to 30, the water temp should still stay reasonable warm for some amount of time?
 

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757E647F657B637878160 said:
im curious to know how long the air temp needs to be cold for it to lower the temp of a water body that size enough to make a considerable difference in the fishing? its gotta take a little while right, a day or so maybe???? surley if its been 80 degrees out for two weeks and then a cold front comes in overnight dropping the air temp down to 30, the water temp should still stay reasonable warm for some amount of time?
Were I back in the lab, I'm sure my geek friends would be up all night composing the equation that describes the water temperature change as dependent upon water depth, air temp, initial water temp, wind and other current drivers that would exchange heat, thermal effects of sunlight, and bottom composition (sand vs. mud vs. grass) as an exponential function of time.  But I'm not there anymore, and can only tell you that you're right: water holds heat pretty well, and the deeper it is, the more it will resist temp change when the air above differs.  Shallow water is easier to heat and cool right?  Other than that, you're going to need to find some geeks...
 

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2E313D2E2D29352F5C0 said:
[quote author=757E647F657B637878160 link=1264895062/0#11 date=1264903821]im curious to know how long the air temp needs to be cold for it to lower the temp of a water body that size enough to make a considerable difference in the fishing? its gotta take a little while right, a day or so maybe???? surley if its been 80 degrees out for two weeks and then a cold front comes in overnight dropping the air temp down to 30, the water temp should still stay reasonable warm for some amount of time?
Were I back in the lab, I'm sure my geek friends would be up all night composing the equation that describes the water temperature change as dependent upon water depth, air temp, initial water temp, wind and other current drivers that would exchange heat, thermal effects of sunlight, and bottom composition (sand vs. mud vs. grass) as an exponential function of time.  But I'm not there anymore, and can only tell you that you're right: water holds heat pretty well, and the deeper it is, the more it will resist temp change when the air above differs.  Shallow water is easier to heat and cool right?  Other than that, you're going to need to find some geeks...[/quote]

:-? well put.... hence, "fishing deeper water in colder weather is typically more productive" right? i loo of finding geeks, ill just trust it! ;)
 

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Thanks for the link pro crafty and yes it is a fish of a lifetime released to have someone else battle. The best thing about it is I have the video and great pics to remember it by. If you know Lake Austin you know there is plenty of fish just like that one to be caught the lake is a true hidden gem!
 

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Afternoon bite right now I would think. Full moon and clear skies at night have them feeding all night long. I am thinking of hitting Travis later today. After it warms up. My son and I are both sick, but not going fishing is making the illness worse. LOL
 

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Cody,Berzker, You can get an AC thermo at the hwd store for under $10 not as pretty as a new graph but cheeper. just gule it in the case tie some line to it drop it over for a couple min. got temp? ;D
 
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