Best Places to Fish Near Fentress, TX
Here in Texas, fishing is not just for the spring and summer. Our mild temperatures mean any time of year is good for landing your next great catch. Whether you are a novice angler or a seasoned pro, we’ve rounded up the best spots to fish all around the Fentress area.
Fishing with a license is always a good idea, but if you’re not sure whether to commit to buying a license, you can fish for free in any Texas State Park. Many parks will even lend out gear and tackle to visitors. Here is a list of state parks close to Fentress:
Lockhart State Park
Palmetto State Park
Cypress Bend Park
McKinney Falls State Park
Bastrop State Park
Buescher State Park
Blanco State Park
Pedernales Falls State Park
Guadalupe River State Park
Honey Creek Natural State Area
San Marcos River is Great for Fly Fishing
The closest spot to Leisure Resort, the San Marcos headwaters in the town of San Marcos. These waters are considered to be one of the most diverse aquatic ecosystems in the entire U.S. and is home to endemic and even endangered species. A truly unique place. Popular species here are Guadalupe Bass, Large and Smallmouth Bass, several species of Sunfish and Rio Grande Cichlids. You may also find Smallmouth Buffalo, Gar, Carp, and Catfish.
Park yourself under overhanging branches in tight to the bank, and cast your topwater poppers to get some good bite from Bass and Sunfish. Your normal baitfish and crawfish streams are always good for a productive fishing day. The spring-fed headwaters keep the water at an almost constant, very pleasant 72 degrees year-round and provides constant flows, even during drought periods when other rivers can get experience low water levels. The tree lined banks and shady canopies of the San Marcos River make even the hottest summer day on the river quite enjoyable.
Access to the San Marcos River is near the towns Fentress, Staples and Martindale. Bring your 6 or 7-weight fly rod, because these fish tend to be on the largest side and some will give you an entertaining fight! If you can, float this river. Also bring your poppers, crayfish streamers, Wooly Buggers and Clouser Minnows. There will be times when the fish are going to test your patience, but the wait is worth it.
Guadalupe River has Great Wild River Trout
The Guadalupe River is home to the only wild-born river trout in the entire state. State officials have worked hard to keep the population of rainbow and brown trout in the river all year long. This is the perfect spot for anglers looking to scratch their trout fishing itch, and is listed in America’s 100 Best Trout Streams.
Do not pass up the chance to fish these unique waters. In many of the other sections of the river, there are trophy bass just ready and waiting to be caught.
Public access points for fishing can be found at Guadalupe Park as well as Camp Huaco Springs, with several access points charging a daily fee of around $10. This river is open from late November until May, which is contrary to many rivers across the United States. Just be aware of landowner regulations in Texas and trespassing on private property. The best areas to fish are the public access point.
As far as fishing gear goes, if you’re only targeting trout, all you’ll need is a 5-weight rod. The trout will likely fight you, but you won’t need anything really substantial to catch them. If you’re goat is to target both bass and trout, a 6-weight is going to be your best bet. Bring both your sinking and floating line. There’s no sure way of knowing where the fish will be in the water column, so it’s best to be prepared. Your best bet is to have a 4 or 5x tippet to help you with the spooky trout. Flies to have on hand on the Guadalupe include Wooly Buggers, Clouser Minnows, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Hex Nymphs, and Crayfish.
Good luck out there and happy angling!