Spent the full month of November in Texas fishing the lakes of the Guadalupe River near New Braunfels. Being a died-in-the-wool bream guy I hoped to learn more about cat fishing, however bream won out. Why? Bream fishing was outstanding.
Lake Dunlap is one of several lakes that were created on the Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake. Above New Braunfels there is a strong trout fishery due to the cold water that is released from Canyon Lake. They are just now getting into the trout season.
The chain of lakes start at New Braunfels. The water is .much different than my home base river, the Choctawhatchee here in the Florida Panhandle. The water is clear down to 6 or 7 feet. The color then is sort of green.
Texas bream love wigglers just like here at home. They don't have them out there though. Nightcrawlers and red worms are available. I took 1,000 wigglers with me and ran out. Had to buy the local bait.
I have never caught so many shellcrackers in my life. The locals call them "redear" which is the correct name. They have a "longear" and "greenie" as well. These are listed by the FWC. Shellcrackers 8 to 11 inches were common. A friend I met out there caught four 12 to 12 1/4 shellcrackers in November. The best I did was a 11 1/4 inch. I don't catch many like this in the Choctawhatchee but I know some folks do.
Bream fishing is really not much different in Lake Dunlap than we have here at home. The only different is the water color and you fish a lot of bulkheads and docks for there are so many homes along the river. The lake is used heavily and compared to the Choctawhatchee the traffic was like an expressway on some days. Strange thing is this did not interupt fishing. I guess the fish are all used to so much boat traffic.
If you read this you are probably a bream fisherman. Let's start some dialogue here on FFF about bream and see if we can share information that will benefit us all.
Oh yes, I caught a bunch of "Rio Grande Perch", a strange looking thing but good to eat. You can read a bit about them here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_cichlid