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TPWD: Annual White Bass Run’s Quickly Approaching

The white bass is commonly referred to as 'sand bass' in Texas. Image courtesy of YouTube's 903 Fishing.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) says the annual white bass run is “heating up” as spring approaches.

Each spring, white bass run upstream from reservoirs into rivers and creeks to spawn, creating prime fishing opportunities.

Also known as “sand bass,” the fish can be targeted from the bank, motorized boat or paddle craft.

TPWD said white-bass action and public access points can be found on the Guadalupe River above Canyon Lake but warns that due to 2022’s dry summer, low water levels and low flows could impact the timing of this year’s run.

A variety of artificial lures will work for anglers targeting white bass including small jigs and crank baits.

Night fishing using lights or around lighted docks can also be effective, TPWD said.

White bass are excellent table fare and anglers should pack a cooler if the fish are biting. The daily bag limit for white bass is 25 with a 10-inch minimum length limit.

Finding White Bass in Canyon Lake

White bass action and public access points can be found on the Guadalupe River above Canyon Lake.

Some of the best white bass fishing in the spring can be done from the bank or while wading in the river near Boat Ramp #11 in Rebecca Creek.

At Rebecca Creek, anglers with small boats can easily access the area without crossing open water.

To get there off FM 306, turn south on Eagle Rock Drive, which becomes Tanglewood Trail. Go 2.3 miles, and take the first road on the right past “Chapel in the Cove.”

Rebecca Creek boat ramp is at the end of this road. Most anglers head upstream to an area called “the rapids” but other areas can be good and less crowded. Look for high spots in the river channel that concentrate fish as they move upstream.

Fishing on or near Comal County boat ramps is not allowed.

TPWD says the area around Cranes Mill Park is legendary in the winter and early spring as white bass school up, staged for the spawning run up the river.

Main lake fishing can also be quite good, TPWD says.

In late spring, TPWD advises checking the mouth of major creeks.

The island near Comal Park and humps near the dam are good during the summer. There are many good boat ramps available. For those without a boat, a fishing pier at Crane’s Mill Park is a good option.

For those without a boat, a fishing pier at Crane’s Mill Park is a good option.

About White Bass

TPWD says white bass is an abundant and popular sportfish in Texas reservoirs due to its willingness to bite artificial lures, schooling behavior, and outstanding quality as table fare.

White bass provide anglers with exciting action throughout the year, but most notably during their annual spring spawning migration up river and stream tributaries.

From January through April, large schools of white bass concentrate in the far upper ends or riverine sections of reservoirs making them more susceptible to anglers.

The complete white bass angler understands the biology, migrational behavior, preferred habitat, appropriate fishing techniques and local “hot spots” for this popular species.

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  1. James Schuler March 2, 2021

    I’ve never had success in the day, but I’ve always done my white bass fishing at night under the lights. Mostly at the marinas especially the Canyon Lake Yatch Ckub . Just doing a 1/8 th or 1/4 white curly tail jig down to the bottom and reeling it up slowly. The white has practically jump on it. I’ve had them jump out of the water to get it. Crazy. We’ve left with stringers of them. Ifyou’re lucky maybe you’ll catch a few walleyes. I’m not sure if there are anymore in the lake, but I was the first of my friends to catch one. And we caught many. Huge walleyes. They stocked the lake several times with them back in the 80s. Haven’t heard weather or not they have it still do.

    1. Trace Schlemeyer December 30, 2021

      Hello James! I will be traveling all the way from Albuquerque to San Antonio Feb 21 2022 for Presidents Day to fish with my son there. When you wrote about the marina at Canyon Lake Yacht Club did you get access to their marina?? Seems like it would be private..? Or did you mean another marina very close by? Will Feb 21 be a good time for nighttime white bass jigging? Thanks brother!

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