Fishing

You Should Have Seen the One that Got Away
Boy are you in luck. There are skads and oodles of places to go wet a line at the fishing spots we have identified in the Hill Country. Of course you know about all the state parks and, don’t get us wrong, even though they can be really good for fishing there are many other places that are out there as well. For example, at the right time of year you can have a blast and land your limit simply by going to some of the river crossings and to the private ranches that allow fishing. We also have provided you with references to our favorite bait stores. For you anglers with those fine looking bass boats, we have provided information regarding the areas that have boat ramps. Let us know if you are lucky enough to land Silver Dollar Doc, Old Tom, their progeny, or any of the other famous fish in the Hill Country. Also, don’t forget about the spring White Bass run up near Colorado Bend State Park.

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1050 Crossing

This crossing is located just south of Utopia and just west of State Road 187 on the sweet little Sabinal River. The crossing access is at the Utopia Park and you can use the park for a put in point for a six mile paddle trip down to 187. The park also features a nice […]

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1120 Crossings

Take US Hwy 83 south from Leakey and turn left (east) onto 1120 and that road will take you to two crossings. These crossings are potential swimming or wading spots depending on the water levels, and the second crossing is a good put in for kayaks (~4.5 miles upstream from Garner State Park). Watch out […]

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1376 Crossing

This crossing with the Guadalupe River has access from both sides of the road down to the water. This could be a good place for wading/fishing and swimming when the water is up. From Sisterdale, head south on 1376 to the river. If the water is not deep enough for you here to go for […]

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1871 Crossing

There is good access to the water and the parking is OK at this crossing of the Llano River located southwest of Mason. This could be a fun play area when the water is up or you could come here for some wade fishing. You also might be able to use this as a put […]

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405 Crossing

This crossing is located at the intersection of State Road 165 and CR 405 just east of Blanco. It has good access to a series of impoundments you could use for swimming, but be sure not to go onto anybody’s property. If the water here is not up to your standards, you could drive over […]

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7 A Resort and Pioneer Town

This place was hit hard by the 2015 flood so contact them to see whether your favorite cabin is still available. Several have been completely demolished, some have been rebuilt, and some new ones are on the way. This old-school resort is available for day use and they have cabins located across the street from […]

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700 Springs Ranch

This 13,000-acre ranch is located south of Telegraph and has five miles of river frontage. In addition to wildlife viewing, the ranch offers fishing and kayaking opportunities. Did we mention the five miles of river frontage? The springs really are a sight to behold when they are gushing. Best to call first to make arrangements […]

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777 Ranch

Fishing and photo safaris are available at this private 15,000 acre ranch located outside of Hondo. They also allow hunting here so be sure to call and check into available activities. While you are out this way you might want to consider contacting the folks at the Quihi Gun Club to see if there is […]

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Arkansas Bend

This isolated 320-acre Travis County park has about two miles of lake frontage on the banks of Lake Travis. The park is not as heavily used as some of the other parks on the lake and it offers primitive camping (bring water), swimming, fishing and there is a shaded campground located along a bluff. There […]

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Bamberger Ranch Preserve

This is a 5,500 acre privately owned restoration project that houses a man made bat cave, hiking/nature trails, dinosaur tracks and areas for swimming and fishing. Truly an amazing commitment to restoring what had been over-grazed rangeland. Black-Capped Vireo and Golden-Cheeked Warbler nest here as well. The preserve also hosts an annual Wildflower Field Day […]

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