Fishing
In the Highland Lakes of Texas

The four Highland Lakes: Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls are all great lakes for fishing as well as other popular boating activities. The lakes are located about 50 to 60 miles Northwest of Austin and 85 miles north of San Antonio, Texas.

There are plenty of rental cabins, lake houses, RV Parks, camp grounds and motels to acccomodate fishermen coming to the area. You will also find plenty of restaurants of all kinds in the area.


Lewis Thomas, a resident of Kingsland, with the
Striped Bass he caught in Lake Buchanan.


Lake Buchanan is the largest of the four lakes and is very popular with Striper Bass fishermen.  Bass fishing on the lake is usually very good. Striped Bass, White Bass and Black Bass are plentiful.  Bass are stocked in the lake from time to time.   There are also Catfish and Crappie in the lake.

If you would like a fishing guide to take you out for a day or half a day of fishing on Lake Buchanan, you will more than likely catch your limit of Striped Bass.  Fishing is done both on the surface and with downriggers.


Visitors from California who caught their limit of Striped Bass
in Lake Buchanan using a local fishing guide.


Lake LBJ is also a large lake with a lot of fishing and boating activity.  Lake LBJ is a "normally constant level" lake and is the premier lake for fishing and boating activities in the San Antonio and Austin area.  The many coves and the irregular shore line make Lake LBJ particularly attractive to boaters and fishermen.   The scenery along the lake is very pretty.

Inks Lake is one of the smaller lakes but is noted for its beauty and quality of life.   Fishing is excellent either from the shore or from a boat.  It is considered a normally constant level lake with very protected waters.  Because the lake is protected from high winds, it is excellent for fishing and boating year round.  A lot of nightime fishing is also done on Inks Lake.

Lake Marble Falls is only 2 1/2 miles long and used primarily as a recreational lake for boating.

Fishing Guides:
If you want to catch your limit, a fishing guide is the way to go.  They can show you how to catch them and where to look for them.  Click here to go to the fishing guide page.

Bowfishing:

The Lower Colorado River Authority has approved a pilot program allowing bowfishers to fish at night on Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake Marble Falls, Lake LBJ and Lake Travis through 2006.   The lakes will be open from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night for bowfishing.

All state rules on equipment and licensing will apply.  LCRA will have rules about how close archers can be to piers and docks.

All people who are bow fishing on any of the lakes must have a copy of the LCRA rules in their possession.  Fishing will be allowed only from a boat.  For information or a copy of the rules, check thier web site at  www.lcra.org/parks/   or call the LCRA at (800) 776-5272, ext. 2763.
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