Largemouth bass are the most popular and most abundant sportfish in the reservoir. Channel and blue catfish are present in good numbers with an occasional flathead showing up. Striped bass are popular and sought by anglers due to their strong fighting characteristics and their potential for trophy sizes. Frequent stockings by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department maintain the striper population because they have not successfully reproduced in this reservoir. White bass provide popular seasonal fishing during spring spawning runs. Smallmouth bass are present; anglers report better success with this species in the Devils River arm of the lake.
Channel & Blue Catfish
White & Striped Bass
PREDOMINANT FISH SPECIESLargemouth Bass
(aka Black Bass, Green Trout, Bigmouth Bass, Lineside Bass)Smallmouth BassCatfishWhite BassStriped Bass Bass Identification Guide Channel and Blue Catfish Identification GuideLAKE RECORDSCURRENT FISHING REPORTSTOCKING HISTORYLATEST LAKE SURVEY REPORT
TIPS & TACTICSLargemouth bass
anglers are most successful during the fall, winter, and spring months. Topwater baits, buzzbaits and spinner baits work well in the early morning and late evening. Crankbaits can be effective along rocky shorelines, points and drop-offs. At midday many anglers turn to plastics such as Texas and Carolina rigged worms or grubs to effectively fish the deeper waters near vegetation or rocky structure. Catfish
anglers can find channel and blue catfish throughout the lake. Stink-bait and cut-bait work well for both species. Many anglers try to improve catch rates by "baiting" catfish holes with sour grain to attract the catfish. The best action for white bass
is during the spring spawning runs. These occur from late January through March as whites migrate up rivers to spawn. Effective baits include rattle traps, jigging spoons and live bait such as minnows.
FISHING COVER / STRUCTURE
Amistad Reservoir is dominated by rocky structure. The lake abounds in rock ledges, steep rocky drop offs and rocky points and shorelines. Additional structure is provided by isolated flooded timber, and TPWD has worked with local organizations to place a Christmas-tree fish attractor near the Governor's Landing camping area. Coordinates can be found on our fish attractor download page. Periodically, flooded terrestrial vegetation (brush) provides important fish habitat following water level increases.
Coverage is dependent on water level. In 1999, a survey indicated approximately 1,000 acres of aquatic vegetation, primarily hydrilla.
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations: Texas Parks and Wildlife Freshwater Bag and Length Limits
On the Texas side of the lake, all species are managed under current statewide regulations
. For recreational anglers fishing Mexican waters, a Mexico fishing license is required for everyone in the boat. Mexico boat permits are no longer required. For information on Mexico's fishing regulations, visit the National Aquaculture and Fishing Commission (CONAPESCA) website.
Mexico licenses can be purchased in Del Rio at Amistad Marine (Highway 90 West, 830/775-0878) or Fisherman's Headquarters (Chevron at the intersection of 90 & 277 N, 830/774-5670.
"Amistad Reservoir, Texas", Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Web. Mar-7-2016