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In the Highland Lakes of Texas

The Highland Lakes of the Texas Hill Country are: Lake Buchanan, Inks Lake, Lake LBJ and Lake Marble Falls. They 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.

A couple fisherman and their large haul

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, the smallest of the Hihgland Lakes, is only 2 1/2 miles long and used primarily as a recreational lake for boating.

5 Interesting Facts about Fishing You Probably Didn't Know
By Rachel Stinson

Life is thought to have begun on earth about 3.8 billion years ago. Life on earth began as bacteria and did not advance beyond the one-celled format until around 580 million years ago. The first fish appeared around 510 million years ago. Fishing is an ancient practice that dates back to at least the beginning of the Upper Paleolithic period about 40,000 years ago. The early evolution of fishing as recreation is not clear. For example, there is anecdotal evidence for fly fishing in Japan; however, fly fishing was likely to have been a means of survival, rather than recreation. Some people do it as a hobby, others as a vocation and source of income. However, there are five other things you don't know about fishing, and I am going to highlight in this expose to arouse your interest in the land for sale in the countryside for a retirement home or otherwise. They are as follows:


Yes, I got you there; a lot of people do not know that fishing is a very important form of competitive sport. The first bass fishing competition was held in Beaver, Lake Arkansas. In America about 4o million people participate in fishing as sport. This outnumbers tennis and golf players in the entire country. Fishing is the fourth most popular sport in America today and is also done as a team sport just like volleyball. Factors like the weight of fish you catch, the number and specie determines scoring in a fishing competition. In 2009, Illinois became the first State to recognize fishing as a school sport and in that year more than 800 students representing about 217 schools took part in that history making competition.

Fishermen are not all Men

I hear you laugh, funny, yes. They are called fishermen but women also take part in fishing. For years, women were banned from fishing as a form of sport; however, in 2005 an organization sponsored the first women fishing competition featuring about 88 boaters. In February, 2008, Kim Bain became the first female angler eligible for the Bassmaster Classic.

Fishermen and Superstition

Some fishermen believe that it's bad luck to pump gas in the morning of a fishing competition. Others believe strongly in the practice of giving their first catch a kiss before releasing it into the water, they say it brings good fortune. This latter practice was made popular by TV personality Rex Hunt and it has become the trend with some people.

Wellbeing of the Fish is Very Important

Unlike fishing as a source of income, where you catch the fish for sale and consumption, in main fishing competition, the wellbeing of the fish is paramount. Participants must endeavor to send the fish back into the water unharmed. You can be penalized for hurting a fish.

Ice Fishing

Some fishing competition takes place on ice. In Minnesota's Gull Lake, fishermen gather every January to participate in an ice fishing competition. The frozen lake is drilled with numerous holes to get to the fish inside. So in this particular competition, it's not only your fishing skills that count but also your ability to make enough holes to catch the fish through the ice.

There are other several things you don't know about fishing which could be good, funny, silly or absurd. For example, did you know that the E.K. Harry library of fishes in Dania Beach is devoted to conserving the history of sports fishing? It houses about 2000 videos, 15,000 books and magazines dating back to 1930s. This has been adjudged to be the biggest library of its kind in the world. Sports fishing competition has also necessitated the promotion of clean and safe waters. It also promotes wildlife conversation. Some time ago in America a sports fishing organization filed a lawsuit against several companies for water pollution. Today several nonprofits safeguard habitats and combat water pollution.

About the Author

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, home improvement and sports. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates, restaurant and online packaging stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitant, engaging manner for all matters.

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. 

Clancy's Fishing Guide Service
Fishing Guide on Lake Buchanan and Inks Lake, TX

Ray's Striper Fishing Guide Service
Ray Williamson enjoys guiding novice and experienced fishermen alike on Lake Buchanan.


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  LCRA Parks: Bow Fishing Program   or call the LCRA at 800-776-5272, Ext. 3315.

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