It’s no secret Austin’s blowing up in just about every way imaginable.
New skyscrapers seem to pop up every day, new sprawling condos replace restaurants and bars, and companies from Tesla to Google, Facebook, and Oracle have all set up shop.
For better or worse, Austin’s now known for its tech scene as much as honky tonks and live music.
The secret’s out—Captain’s hometown of Austin is the place to be, and people are flooding in from other parts of Texas, the US, and the world.
It’s getting tougher and tougher to dodge the crowds of bachelor and bachelorette parties hoarding Rainey Street and the party barges on Lake Travis and Lake Austin.
But, if you’re looking to return to Austin’s true roots to unplug from it all, just go fishing.
Bass fishing in Austin couldn’t be more accessible.
The Colorado River system runs right by the doorstep of downtown Austin’s erupting skyline, and big bass abound.
But beyond Town Lake (aka Lady Bird Lake), Lake Austin just to the west also offers up plenty of pigs, and a quick drive further west gets you to Lake Travis.
And don’t sleep on Decker Lake (aka Walter E. Long) just 20 minutes east of Rainey Street’s bar scene. The secret is officially out on Decker’s bass scene.
But in this go-round, we’re talking Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.
Carson runs a badass bass operation. Known to cover some ground from Lake Travis to the lower Colorado River, Carson stays on the bigguns.
We headed out to fish the spring spawn and weren’t disappointed.
We met Carson at the S Congress bridge, the main north / south street in downtown Austin that runs right up to the State Capital (hence the name).
Within minutes, we were fishing the bridges and were hooked up.
Fishing the Lady Bird bridges is no secret—bass love structure, and the giant concrete bases of the bridge pack em in.
From there, we kept cruising. Carson spotted a nice largemouth on another bridge pillar and called his shot. Calling “bank”, Carson dinked one off the bridge post, pinged his bass on the nose, and the fight was on:
Attison and I got in on the action from there, and our quick half day trip was full of nonstop action:
Lady Bird Lake fishing is red-hot during the spring spawn, but the action is great year-round.
I love getting out there on my paddleboard, and while I’m yet to pull a Lady Bird share a lunker worthy bass, I’ll keep trying.