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Calaveras Lake Freshwater Reds

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trip description for Freshwater Reds - Weekday Trip in San Antonio

Come join Captain Bryan on a thrilling fishing adventure at Calaveras Lake, Texas! Located just a short drive from San Antonio, Calaveras Lake is home to a diverse array of fish, including the coveted freshwater Redfish. These fish are stocked in the lake every year, providing a totally unique opportunity for Texas anglers to catch their state's most popular saltwater gamefish without heading to the coast! After you board Bryan's 21' Carolina center console, you'll be set to go. The boat is stocked with all the necessary gear, including top-of-the-line rods, reels, and lures, as well as plenty of ice-cold drinks and snacks to keep you energized throughout the day. As you set off onto the shimmering waters of Calaveras Lake, Captain Bryan will take you to the best fishing spots, using his years of experience and local knowledge to find the biggest and most elusive Redfish. The lake is known for its clear, shallow waters and abundant vegetation, providing the perfect habitat for these prized game fish. As you cast your line into the water, you'll feel the adrenaline rush as you wait patiently for a bite. When a Redfish takes the bait, the fight is on! These hard-fighting fish will put up a good fight, testing your strength and skill as you try to reel them in. In addition, you can hook up Catfish and Striped Bass, both of which are also a blast to catch and solid table fare as well. As the day draws to a close, you'll return to the dock with memories of a lifetime and, if you're lucky, a cooler full of delicious fish to take home and share with friends and family. Why wait? Book your fishing charter with Captain Bryan now and experience the thrill of freshwater Redfish fishing at Calaveras Lake, Texas! Read More

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Freshwater Reds - Weekday Trip

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trip description for Calaveras Lake Freshwater Reds in San Antonio

Hop on board with Captain Travis and prepare for an action-packed day of Texas freshwater fishing with an added twist! Calaveras Lake is one of the only places in the world where you can catch coastal Redfish in a freshwater environment. Texas Parks and Wildlife stocks this lake with Redfish seedlings to provide this unique, truly exciting experience. On this 4 to 8-hour trip, Captain Travis will take you out into Lake Calaveras where you can expect to target Carp, Flathead Catfish, Garfish, Hybrid Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Redfish, and Tilapia. With his 20+ years of experience, Captain Travis is sure to put you where the fish are biting. To attract these picture-worthy fish you'll be using light tackle and artificial lures. Captain Travis is happy to demonstrate proper fundamentals for these techniques, and will even include the bait! Captain Travis fishes aboard a 25’ El Pescador center console with a capacity for 4 people. Powered by a 150 HP Yamaha engine, this vessel is maneuverable and will get you where you need to be. It also includes a GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well, and Ice Box to store your catches. Captain Travis will provide all rods, reels, and tackle. All you need is a valid Texas fishing license as well as some food and drinks. These family-friendly trips can host up to 4 people, so make sure you bring some good company! Read More

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Calaveras Lake Freshwater Reds

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trip description for Calaveras Lake Weekend Getaway in San Antonio

Come spend a day with Bryan and get your personal best freshwater redfish. Bryan is excited to fish with beginners and experts alike and is happy to share tips and tricks for targeting freshwater redfish and catfish from casting to the hook set. All equipment is included, all that you'll need is snacks, drinks, and a fishing license. Morning and afternoon trips are available to get out and enjoy a beautiful day on the lake. Read More

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Calaveras Lake Weekend Getaway

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Calaveras Lake

What are the best fishing trips in Calaveras Lake?

Why should I book a fishing trip in Calaveras Lake with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 4 trips in Calaveras Lake, and the most popular trips in the area are Freshwater Reds - Weekday Trip guided by Bryan, Calaveras Lake Weekend Getaway guided by Bryan, and Calaveras Lake Freshwater Reds guided by Travis.

Our guides in Calaveras Lake are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2880 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Calaveras Lake? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Calaveras Lake.

What types of fishing trips are common in Calaveras Lake?

Lake fishing is the most popular in Calaveras Lake.

The most commonly sought after species in Calaveras Lake are: 1. redfish, 2. blue catfish, 3. striped bass, and 4. channel catfish.

The most common fishing techniques in Calaveras Lake are artificial lure fishing, bottom fishing, and drift fishing but light tackle fishing and trolling are popular as well.

How much does a Calaveras Lake fishing trip cost?

in Calaveras Lake prices can range anywhere from about $315 to $563, but the average price for a half day trip in Calaveras Lake is $426.

What month is best for fishing in Calaveras Lake?

The most popular season for fishing in Calaveras Lake is spring, and most anglers book their trips 39 days in advance.

Do I need a Calaveras Lake fishing license and what are the bag limits in Calaveras Lake?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Calaveras Lake, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Calaveras Lake. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Calaveras Lake.

What is fishing in Calaveras Lake about?

Fishing in Calaveras Lake offers anglers a tranquil retreat into the heart of Texas's natural beauty, just a short drive from the bustling city of San Antonio. Nestled amidst rolling hills and sprawling grasslands, Calaveras Lake boasts a diverse range of fishing opportunities for enthusiasts of all skill levels. Whether casting from the shoreline, navigating the lake's calm waters in a boat, or setting up camp along its peaceful banks, there's a sense of serenity that comes with each angling expedition at this scenic reservoir.

One of the highlights of fishing in Calaveras Lake is the abundance of largemouth bass, a prized species known for its voracious appetite and thrilling strikes. Anglers can expect to encounter bass of all sizes, from feisty juveniles prowling the shallows to trophy-sized lunkers lurking in the lake's deeper waters. With its submerged brush piles, rocky points, and expansive flats, Calaveras Lake provides prime habitat for bass, making it a popular destination for bass fishing tournaments and recreational anglers alike.

In addition to largemouth bass, Calaveras Lake offers opportunities to target a variety of other freshwater species, including catfish, crappie, and hybrid striped bass. Catfish enthusiasts can enjoy the challenge of targeting channel and blue catfish using a variety of baits, from stink bait and chicken liver to live perch and shad. Crappie, with their delicate flavor and aggressive feeding habits, can be found around submerged structure and brush piles, providing a rewarding pursuit for anglers skilled in finesse techniques. Hybrid striped bass, a cross between striped bass and white bass, are prized for their fighting ability and tasty fillets, making them a favorite target for anglers trolling or drifting along the lake's main channels and drop-offs. With its scenic beauty and abundant fishing opportunities, Calaveras Lake offers anglers a memorable outdoor experience in the heart of South Texas.

What are the most popular months to fish in Calaveras Lake?

Fishing seasons in Calaveras Lake bring forth a tapestry of angling opportunities as the changing seasons influence the behavior of its aquatic inhabitants. Spring heralds the awakening of fish activity, with warming waters triggering the spawning instincts of species like largemouth bass and crappie. Anglers can capitalize on this abundance by targeting shallow spawning grounds and submerged structure, where hungry fish congregate in search of mates and food. With the vibrant colors of spring in full bloom along the lake's scenic shores, casting a line in Calaveras Lake becomes a delightful way to connect with nature while pursuing trophy-sized catches.

Summer in Calaveras Lake presents its own set of challenges and rewards for anglers willing to brave the heat. As temperatures rise, fish seek refuge in deeper, cooler waters, requiring anglers to adjust their tactics accordingly. Targeting bass and catfish along the lake's submerged brush piles and rocky ledges can yield impressive results, while trolling or drifting along the main channels and drop-offs offers opportunities to hook into aggressive hybrid striped bass. Despite the sweltering heat, summer fishing in Calaveras Lake provides a welcome escape into the tranquility of nature, with the promise of thrilling catches awaiting those who venture out onto its sun-dappled waters.

As the days grow shorter and the air takes on a crisp edge, fall ushers in a season of abundance in Calaveras Lake. Cooling temperatures trigger a feeding frenzy among fish as they prepare for the leaner months ahead, providing anglers with ample opportunities to reel in trophy-sized catches. Whether targeting bass along the lake's rocky shorelines or probing the depths for schools of crappie and catfish, fall fishing in Calaveras Lake offers a chance to experience the exhilaration of hooking into a prized catch amidst the vibrant colors of autumn foliage. With its scenic beauty and abundant fishing opportunities, Calaveras Lake beckons anglers to embrace the changing seasons and immerse themselves in the timeless pursuit of angling adventure.

What types of fishing are popular in Calaveras Lake?

In Calaveras Lake, anglers have a variety of fishing techniques at their disposal, each offering a unique way to connect with the lake's diverse aquatic ecosystem. One popular method is shoreline fishing, where anglers can cast their lines from the scenic banks of the lake. With ample access points along the shoreline, anglers can explore different areas of the lake, from rocky points to secluded coves, in search of their next big catch. Shoreline fishing in Calaveras Lake provides a serene and accessible angling experience, making it ideal for anglers of all ages and skill levels.

Boat fishing is another favored approach in Calaveras Lake, offering anglers the opportunity to explore its expansive waters and access remote fishing spots. Whether trolling along the lake's main channels or anchoring near submerged structure, boat fishing provides anglers with the flexibility to adapt their tactics to the changing conditions. With its calm waters and scenic surroundings, boating in Calaveras Lake offers a refreshing escape into the heart of nature, with the promise of exciting fishing adventures awaiting those who venture out onto its tranquil waters.

For those seeking a more immersive angling experience, kayak fishing provides a unique opportunity to explore the hidden nooks and crannies of Calaveras Lake. Paddling silently through the lake's winding channels and secluded coves, kayak anglers can access remote fishing spots unreachable by boat and enjoy a close-up view of the lake's abundant wildlife. Whether casting along the shoreline or drifting through the shallows, kayak fishing in Calaveras Lake offers a peaceful and intimate connection with nature, making it a favorite choice among outdoor enthusiasts looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

What species are popular in Calaveras Lake?

Calaveras Lake offers anglers a rich diversity of fishing species, making it a prime destination for anglers of all preferences and skill levels. Largemouth bass reign supreme in these waters, drawing avid anglers from far and wide. Known for their aggressive strikes and impressive fighting abilities, largemouth bass populate the lake's submerged structures, rocky points, and weedy shallows, providing exciting angling opportunities year-round. Whether targeting trophy-sized bass or enjoying a day of catch-and-release, Calaveras Lake promises memorable moments for bass enthusiasts.

Catfish are another prized species found in abundance throughout Calaveras Lake, offering anglers a rewarding pursuit with the promise of a tasty meal. Channel catfish, blue catfish, and flathead catfish can all be found prowling the lake's depths, feeding on a variety of natural baits and lures. From fishing with stink bait and chicken liver to setting trotlines and jug lines, catfish provide a versatile and enjoyable angling experience for fishermen of all ages.

Additionally, Calaveras Lake boasts populations of crappie, hybrid striped bass, and sunfish, adding to the diversity of fishing opportunities available to anglers. Crappie, with their delicate flavor and impressive size, can be found around submerged brush piles and structures, providing a rewarding challenge for anglers skilled in finesse techniques. Hybrid striped bass, a cross between striped bass and white bass, offer exciting action for anglers trolling or drifting along the lake's main channels and drop-offs. Sunfish, including bluegill and redear, provide excellent opportunities for family-friendly fishing outings, with their abundance and willingness to bite ensuring a fun and memorable experience for anglers of all ages. With its rich variety of fishing species, Calaveras Lake promises anglers an unforgettable angling adventure amidst the scenic beauty of South Texas.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Excellent morning on Calaveras Lake! Capt Bones couldn’t have been more accommodating to my husband, myself and our 6yr old son who had never been on a chartered fishing trip before. It was a slow start but it turned on a little later and had a blast! Highly recommend Bones Fishing!!

    Heather C. with Raymond E. of San Antonio, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Recommend without reservation of any kind. A great guy. You'll enjoy your trip. I'm going with him again!

    Eugene B. with Bryan C. of San Antonio, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Raymond was a great guide. We really enjoyed the trip and will definitely book with him again when the weather is warm. We are from South Carolina and here on our anniversary trip, but we WILL be back.

    Michael S. with Raymond E. of San Antonio, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We loved every second! What a trip!

    Michael S. with Raymond E. of San Antonio, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    I had a great time caught lots of had a wonderful day. The Captain was fantastic

    Joe L. with Travis F. of San Antonio, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great time! Captain Bryan is knowledgeable and put us on a lot of fish!

    William T. with Bryan C. of San Antonio, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Bryan did awesome job of putting us on the fish. A very friendly and funny guide. Highly recommend.

    John N. with Bryan C. of San Antonio, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Bryan knows Lake Calaveras. He has been guiding guests for 13 years. He was friendly and knowledgeable. He found the drum school and put us on them. We limited out and had a great time!!! We will be back soon!!!

    Byron A. with Bryan C. of San Antonio, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Bryan can put you on the fish! Caught & released plus or minus 25 reds in about 3 hours, and at 2 points we had four fish on the lines at the same time. Freshwater reds are a bucket lister for anyone. -Attison with Captain Experiences

    Attison B. with Bryan C. of San Antonio, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    My boyfriend and I had so much fun out on the water with Capt. Bryan for our trip. We had booked the charter as a joint graduation present for the both of us and it was an experience to remember. Capt. Bryan was knowledgeable about the waters, the fish, and was very personable. We went home with our limit and would recommend Capt. Bryan to anyone for a great time!

    Ashley M. with Bryan C. of San Antonio, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great attitude and fun trip. Got us a catch 30 minutes in. Good tech on the boat and plenty of room for 4 people. Would definitely use again.

    Timothy K. with Bryan C. of San Antonio, Texas

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