Canyon Lake’s steep rocky banks provide little natural cover for sport-fish species like largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie and sunfish.
To help anglers fishing from both boats and banks find them, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TWPD), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORD) and the Canyon Bass Club of San Marcos in January added 25 MossBack-brand fish habitat structures at four existing sites, adding to the 19 others already in place.
“This project is a fantastic value for the public and anglers,” said TPWD District Supervisor Patrick Ireland. “It gives you a targeted area to fish.”
Most attractors are placed on key structure spots including drop-offs, humps and roadbeds.
To find the locations of habitat structures on Canyon Lake, visit TPWD’s Canyon Lake Fish Attractor Project Website. Anglers also can use GPS in conjunction with a fish finder to locate the attractors.
Grants from WORD and Friends of Reservoirs Foundation funded this year’s project. Members of San Marcos’s bass club, a Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) Nation-affiliated club, provided most of the labor.
“The Texas BASS Nation loves to see partnerships like this,” said Dave Terre, BASS Nation Conservation Director. “Together we can accomplish many things. We all have the same goal in mind, to make fishing better.”
TPWD and others began adding fish habitats in 2005.