Ryan Wags
Fishing with Ryan Wags

ryanwags@ryanwagsfishing.com
http://ryanwagsfishing.com/
The much welcomed warm weather, and warmer water are once again being dealt a blow by another series of cold fronts. This week, a front hit on Tuesday night, and another is in full swing right now. There are still fish being caught though. The best bite has come from plastics fished slowly. TX rigs lizzards, and senkos have accounted for some keepers. The crank bait bite has been off a bit, but should improve when the warmer weather stabilizes. I did have something exciting happen. I landed my first top-water fish.

I will be off the water this week, and will be an exhibitor at the HOUSTON FISHING SHOW promoting my guide service RYAN WAGS FISHING. I will also be giving two seminars on \"IMPROVING YOUR BASS FISHING SUCCESS\" on Thursday, and Sunday.
Picture added for 02/20 report

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After months of extremely harsh weather, we finally have some warmer weather. Lake Dunlap has been yielding some big bass in this pre-spawn period. I landed one over 6 a few days ago, and there have been some other bass caught from people I know ranging from 7-11 pounds. Soft plastic baits seem to be working best, but I predict some faster moving hard baits will become more effective as the water continues to warm up. This is the time of year when an angler can catch the fish of a lifetime. I have caught many chunky fish lately, and am excited about the upcoming spring fishing. The big fish will be on the move! I am on the water nearly daily, and would love to have you join me. Let\'s go catch some fish!!!!! There are tons of current pics on my \"Ryan Wags Fishing\" Facebook page.
I have been on a roll lately on Dunlap and catching solid fish every outting, without exception. Started off a guide trip with a 5 pounder and about 14 others. My next trip yielded one over 7 pounds and the next trip there were some big fish caught on topwater. The action is coming from a variety of baits, including plastics, cranbaits and top water. There are many pictures on my Facebook page. There is a direct link to the Facebook page at my official site www.ryanwagsfishing.com The action has been good. You should join me!
Despite a cold front, rain, and winds, I have had some very solid action on Lake Bastrop. The water is beginning to finally cool from the summer heat, and you can still find schooling fish. The morning bite has been good and not tapered off. The schooling fish are easy to catch. What has been working best for me are crankbaits and plastics. (I will say that a lot through out the year, but it is true!) Best action has come from about 8-10ft....Check out the photos too on my Facebook Page. The link is at www.ryanwagsfishing.com, or search \"RYAN WAGS FISHING\" on Facebook. Lots of fish being caught. You should join me!
It has been a few weeks since I have been on Bastrop, but I am fishing nearly daily elsewhere righ now and having excellent results. I have spent a lot of time on Dunlap and Austin during the past few weeks, but will definetly be anxious to get on Bastrop soon, as the weather cools, (if it ever does). I am catching a lot of fish right now and some big ones. I have plenty of photos on my Facebook page. The link is at www.ryanwagsfishing.com, or go to FB and search \"RYAN WAGS FISHING\"......The bite has been on. Check your calendar and let\'s go fishing!!!
The water is still quite warm, around 86 degrees, but the fishing has been very good. I have had success on small plastics. Do not be fooled by using a small bait. While many anglers will have you believe that you will mostly catch small fish is false. I have had two fish in the 7 pound class and several more in the 5 to 6 pound class throwing 4\" plastics. Crank bait is always a good thing to have tied on as well. See what is working for you. It will change and you should develop confidence in various techniques. Do not be a one trick pony. Check out the photos too on my Facebook page. The link is at www.ryanwagsfishing.com, or search \"RYAN WAGS FISHING\" on Facebook. Lots of fish being caught. You should join me!
It has been a while since my last report, but do not be fooled. It is NOT due to a lack of fishing, but rather a jacked up PC at my desk. Summer fishing can be uncomfortable with the extreme heat, but there are still fish to be caught and some big ones! I hooked into an absolute monster/trophy beast, which I can honestly say had to be double digit. Unfortunately, the fish won the fight and spit my lure. Yeah, I know the typical \"one that got away story.\" On a brighter note, I had some guide trips with 5 to 6 pound fish landed. The bite seems to alternate between soft plastic and crankbait. My topwater luck has not been so great, but I spoke with a credible source who fishes regularly and he had a real big one jump on a buzz bait, then spit it out.....There can be some slow times, but that is to be expected with summer fishing. If you put forth the effort, you will get bit. I am not getting denied on any trips and have seen that the big ones still hit in the summer. I have also had very solid fish on Austin, Bastrop and McQueeney.
The power plant water is nice and extra warm in the Texas summer heat. I fished early morning, but the bite was dead. The action picked up later and was able to enjoy some schooling action. Nice chunky fish were caught mostly on crankbait and stick bait. As always, these Bastrop fish are nice and healthy and always fun to catch. Fall fishing should not be too far away and should be more comfortable for both the angler and the fish. I can not wait. Bastrop is a great little lake with a healthy bass population.
The fishing on Dunlap has been pretty good. I have had several fish up to 6 pounds and many others between 3 to 5 pounds recently. I did take some clients out this past weekend and we did have some action, particularily later in the morning. Most of the fish are being caught on Texas rigged plastic and crank baits. It is very common to have some lulls in action (A.K.A) they are not biting, but then have a big one all of a sudden. It is fishing and you to keep your line wet.
Oddly enough, I have not fished Dunlap in the past week. I did however take some clients out to Fayette yesterday and we had a decent trip. It was their first time and they got to feel those fiesty fish swim,tug and fight.

I have also spent a lot of time on some of the other Guadalupe \"River Lakes\" in my area, like McQueeney and Placid.I love fishing both of those lakes also. I do have a ten pounder from Placid and was happy with the 27 fish landed at McQueeney, but just not the big HAWG! If you have another lake in mind, not on my website, check with me. Chances are I have been there and caught fish....www.ryanwagsfishing.com
I specifically challenged the weatherman (and many anglers\' better judegement) and chose to go on a day that I knew would have high winds. Developing confidence in all weather conditions is where I am focusing my efforts. The early morning bite was not what I had expected and ended up changing things up a bit and it worked. I managed to catch 13 fish on a combination of plastic and crankbait. I found an area with a radical drop off into a creek channel and that seemed to do the trick.
I was thrilled to get redemention yesterday by landing a big fat lunker after having \"the big one get away\" on my previous trip. Check out the photo here. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Ryan-Wags-Fishing/261976663825407

I have been saying this for weeks and it remains true, these fish are still very fat and suprisingly many have not spawned yet. The best bite, for me, is mostly plastics. I am also catching fish on crankbaits, but throwing more soft plastic. The weather is still NOT the typical spring weather we enjoy here in Central Texas. It has been in the thirties and forties for the past three weeks, with plenty of wind and storms. I just try to get out every chance possible because the fish are still biting....Let\'s go catch some fish.....Ryan Wags... www.ryanwagsfishing.com
I had a good trip Saturday morning. It started off with excitement, as I caught a nice one (in the picture)on my third cast of the morning. I caught fish from 3 different areas (docks, pads and a flat) and am still seeing chunky fish come in the boat. Something amazing also happened. I did not see a single ski boat! Yes, you read that correctly. I was hoping to put more time on Dunlap, but I made a trip to Fayette that yielded 45 bass, as I fought white caps and high winds. Dunlap has big fish and I have been able to get on fish over 4 pounds for several consecutive outtings....You should join me...www.ryanwagsfishing.com
I am beginning to sound like a broken record by prefacing these reports with \"all the crazy weather\", but it is the absolute truth. I had a trip that I thought for sure might get canceled. High winds, thunderstorms,and a drop in temperature during the day, plus a few phone calls to my client. We all kept a postive attitude and glad we did. After the weather passed, we began catching fish and had 5 in the boat during the first hour. The bite continued to be pretty consistent. We threw a combo of assorted plastics and crankbaits and had about 25 bites. Of course, they don\'t all come in the boat, but the majority did. Like I\'ve been saying, some of these fish are still really fat....Let\'s go catch some fish...Ryan Wags
This is the first week that I did not fish Lake Bastrop in the past few weeks, but I did get on the water every chance I had between all of the crazy weather. We\'ve had cold fronts, high winds, and thunderstorms. I did fish Lake Austin, Fayette and Dunlap and managed to put close to 100 bass in the boat. I hope to get on Bastop very soon, or anywhere. Staying indoors and listening to wind is no way to spend an April evening...The fish are biting and it should just keep getting better.
There was some unseasonable cold weather (low 30\'s) that brought the water temp down about 5 degrees and high winds for most of the week. I did manage to make it out twice this week and I am catching some fat fish and have personally seen some fish over 6 pounds. (6.50 to be exact)Now is stil the time to hopefully catch a big Dunlap trophy. Many fish still have eggs. I\'ve caught fish both shallow and from docks with deeper water nearby. I am going to Lake Austin tomorrow, but will definitely be back on Dunlap this week with clients....For more info, visit www.ryanwagsfishing.com
The action on Bastrop continues to be hot! There is some very early morning action, but the best action seems to be between 10:00AM-noon. (At least for me)Once again, lots of chunks. Hardly anything under 2 pounds. I am catching some on soft plastic, but getting more bites on shallow crank baits, if you can work them without the bait getting choked in the grass. I must admit, I am jumping on the square bill band wagon.
Once again, it was quite windy this week, but Dunlap is a great place to go when winds create major challenges on othere lakes. You do not have to contend with white-caps, your bow bouncing up and down, and your trolling motor coming out of the water. The warm weather earlier in the week has had a positve impact, as water temperature has increased to around 74 degrees. (Ironically, Dunlap was warmer than Bastrop, which is a power plant lake. Nothing surprising here, but crank baits and soft plastics are doing the trick. I went out the other day for 3.5 hours and put 8 fish in the boat. Being patient is key. It is NOT uncommon to go a while with no bite, then catch 2, or 3 quickly. Funny how that works. If you spend time fishing, you know what I mean...Patience young grasshopper...PATIENCE. They are there and you will get bit...For info, visit ryanwagsfishing.com, or find me on YouTube under RYANWAGS.
The fishing at Bastrop is outstanding right now! If you like to fish and you are not out now, you are doing yourself a major disservice. Many of these fish are absolute \"football bass\"....chunky, stocky, healthy, fat, etc! Very few fish under 2 pounds and good numbers in the 3-5 pound range. Various techniques are effective right now, such as frogs, soft plastics, but crank baits seem to be working best for me, at this time.....Now\'s the time to go catch some fish. This week was excellent. For more info, visit ryanwagsfishing.com
The shallow crank bait bite is very good. Consistent numbers of very, very chunky, healthy football bass being caught in a number of different areas. I spoke with another angler at South Shore (We were the only 2 on the water who launched from South Shore). His experience was exactly like mine. Oddly, the soft plastic bite was not as good, but then again, it didn\'t make a whole lot of sense to stop doing what was working. The fish being caught are inhaling the bait and only one fish was under 2 pounds. It should just continue to get better too! Spring fishing is on.
It has been EXTREMELY windy this week, to say the least, but I still managed to
get out to challenge the elements. Sure, fishing is more enjoyable on a calm day, but
my experience has shown me that big trophy fish can still be caught under adverse
conditions.

My first fish of the day was an absolute shock, and may appear “unbelievable”, but I
landed a BIG OL’ RAINBOW TROUT. The fish was full of eggs, and I released her.
When I got home, I checked the TX Parks and Wildlife site to see what the lake record
Rainbow Trout was and guess what? I had it easily beat by over a pound! Oh well, live
and learn.

A few minutes later, I was pounding some shallow water with a crank bait and hooked
up on a good fish. Yes, they are all “good fish”, but this fish was, without a doubt, easily
over 4 pounds. She anxiously “released herself” at the boat, before I could snap a photo
of the big mouth and fat belly.

The highlight of the trip came from a foot of water. I had a swirl on a top-water bait. I left
it there and twitched once, and then “BOOM”! I had that massive top-water explosion
that I live for. This fish too had eggs and was just shy of 5 pounds.

I also spoke with a fellow angler who said he one in his live-well that he believed would
go between 9-10 pounds. I quickly offered my “Digital Humbler” made by Berkley. The
fish did go 7 pounds and he released it. If you don’t own a digital scale, get one!

I can’t wait to get back out! What I am seeing are egg-filled FAT fish. Visit
www.ryanwagsfishing.com and let’s go get ‘em!
It has been EXTREMELY windy this week, to say the least, but I still managed to
get out to challenge the elements. Sure, fishing is more enjoyable on a calm day, but
my experience has shown me that big trophy fish can still be caught under adverse
conditions.

My first fish of the day was an absolute shock, and may appear “unbelievable”, but I
landed a BIG OL’ RAINBOW TROUT. The fish was full of eggs, and I released her.
When I got home, I checked the TX Parks
It has been EXTREMELY windy this week, to say the least, but I still managed to get out to challenge the elements. Sure, fishing is more enjoyable on a calm day, but my experience has shown me that big trophy fish can still be caught under adverse conditions.

My first fish of the day was an absolute shock, and may appear “unbelievable”, but I landed a BIG OL’ RAINBOW TROUT. The fish was full of eggs, and I released her. When I got home, I checked the TX Parks
FishingNotes.com would like to welcome Guide Ryan Wags as our new featured largemouth guide. Updated fishing reports are coming soon.
FishingNotes.com would like to welcome Guide Ryan Wags as our new featured largemouth guide. Updated fishing reports are coming soon.

Lakes:
 Central Texas (Lakes Fayette, Bastrop and Dunlap) and other parts of the Guadalupe River. Specializing in largemouth bass trips and secondary emphasis on Sunfish/Panfish.

 Background:
 I have over over 20 years of extensive and extremely dedicated fishing in many Texas lakes. My focus is in Central Texas on Lakes Fayette, Bastrop and my home-lake, Lake Dunlap in New Braunfels. Lake Dunlap is literally a few hundred feet from my door and I am out there more than anybody. For more info, please visit www.ryanwagsfishing.com