September Freshwater Fishing in Texas
Texas offers some of the finest freshwater fishing experiences anywhere. From double-digit largemouth bass to mega-sized redfish along the coast, there’s something here for every fisher.
At its most recent meeting, the Commission approved several changes to freshwater fishing regulations, such as delineating reservoir boundaries and revising harvest rules for specific bodies of water. These adjustments included delineation of reservoir boundaries as well as changes to harvest rules on designated bodies of water. These amendments include:
Once the seasons change, it’s time to fish deeper on the main lake. Look out for schools of shad moving into pockets and creek channels along the lake’s edge; now is an excellent opportunity to throw jigs or spoons behind these areas; bass that have been lurking near these mouths will follow this bait fish in turn, creating prime feeding opportunities.
Lake Texoma, one of two Texas lakes to have hosted a Bassmaster Classic (the other being Lake Conroe), remains an excellent fishery to visit in September. Hank Parker won his first Classic here back in 1979; and this remains an ideal fishing lake to pursue these hard fighting predators!
Lake Texoma boasts several parks and access points, but Pace Bend Park, Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area and Jones Brothers Park tend to be popular destinations for catfish anglers. These areas on the lake tend to be closer to river and creek channels which provides cooler environments for catfish to thrive in.
Striper fishing on the lake can be outstanding during fall months as this is their pre-spawn season. Top-water plugs are an effective way of targeting these fish; nothing beats seeing one jump up onto your lure in just two feet of sandy water!
Fall offers some of the finest Catfish fishing opportunities in Texas lakes and rivers, where these fish prefer living in murky waters to hunt using their senses of smell and taste instead of eyesight. They tend to be most active at nighttime when near submerged structures like trees, boat docks or any debris under water – and it’s likely you could catch some!
Texas offers many lakes that offer excellent catfish angling opportunities, but one of the state’s premier destinations for catfish angling is Guadalupe River. Popular for fly fishing due to its steady current and scenic vistas as well as variety of trout species (including Rio Grande Cichlids).
September is an excellent month to fish for redfish. Redfish are feeding heavily at this time and are congregated on the flats, making fresh shad or gulp bait with a large circle hook the ideal bait choice. Some great locations to try fishing for them include Galveston Jetties, Matagorda Island back lakes and San Antonio Bay shell reefs. Bream fishing also thrives well this month near creek mouths or grass lines near deep water using trot lines with shiners, worms or commercial attractants rigged onto large circle hooks rigged onto trot lines with shiners, worms or commercial attractants on trot lines with trot lines with shiners, worms or commercial attractants attached rigged onto trot lines with trot lines equipped with shiners, worms or commercial attractants attached for trot line trot lines trot lined trot lines using trot lines with shiners or commercial attractants or trot lines equipped with trot lines fitted with trot lines containing shiners or commercial attractants in Trot lines with trot lines filled trot lines full of commercial attractant trot lines!
Lake Texoma striper fishing is at its finest this month, though the action might be slower than previous months. The key to successful striper fishing on Lake Texoma is arriving early, around 5:30 AM; fish should begin moving upriver towards sandbar points and bends; work these areas using live crawfish, road runners or spoons until you fill your limit!
Bass fishing in Texas can be enjoyed year-round, but the fall provides some of the greatest chances to land double-digit bass. This is due to fish stockpiling energy before winter hits by eating at an increased rate; additionally, fall is an ideal time to target spawning bass as these will remain protective of their beds but still feed nearby.
Fall is also an ideal time to fish with crankbaits and A-rigs, which are effective against both smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing during morning or late afternoon hours tends to be most productive as this is when bass tend to be most active and more likely to strike at bait that moves through the water. Fall also presents opportunities for night fishing bass!
Texas coastal fishing provides an extraordinary diversity of options. Anglers can spend their day wading shallow shorelines searching for redfish; venturing into back-country shell pads in search of trout; or targeting schools of surface feeding spotted bass.
September is an ideal opportunity for anglers to experience all these things and more, depending on conditions, some of the year’s finest fish could be caught at any given moment in September’s diverse fishing waters – there is something suitable for every skill level or experience level!
Largemouth bass can be found all year in Texas, but their metabolisms reach their highest points between February and May and September and November. At these times, these fish consume significantly more food and have the best chance at reaching personal bests. Anglers can target largemouths using various techniques in September like throwing swim baits, drop-shot rigs or jig-and-pig combos to catch them.
Smallmouth bass are active all year, though their bite tends to slow in fall due to spawning preparation and bed defense strategies. To compensate, anglers can try targeting rocky structures or ledges using shaky head-style baits or finesse worms for best results.
Though their activity level may have decreased, Texas stripers still offer some of the finest fishing in September. Anglers can often find schooling stripers schooling at the surface on cloudy days with light breeze, particularly creek mouths and major points. Vertically jigging spoons or tail spinners will bring success when targeting stripers on humps or tips of points.
Galveston anglers can take advantage of the incredible influx of bull redfish entering Galveston jetties to spawn. While targeting these fish may require using various techniques, the key technique has proven itself over and over: using fresh shad fished on the bottom with a heavy jig-head is consistently successful at landing 20-30 bull reds per 5-hour trip!