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What are the best fishing trips in Austin?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 25 trips in Austin, and the most popular trips in the area are Central Texas Bass Fishing guided by Jake, Hill Country Backcountry Bassin' guided by Carson, and Big Swim Baits for Big A** Bass guided by Grant.

Our guides in Austin are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 7327 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.

Other popular cities nearby for booking a charter include Spicewood, Bastrop and Round Rock.

What types of fishing trips are common in Austin?

Lake fishing is the most popular in Austin as well as river fishing and upland hunting.

The most commonly sought after species in Austin are: 1. largemouth bass, 2. white bass, 3. smallmouth buffalo, and 4. carp.

The most common fishing techniques in Austin are artificial lure fishing, light tackle fishing, and sight casting but live bait fishing and topwater fishing are popular as well.

How much does an Austin fishing trip cost?

in Austin prices can range anywhere from $250 to $1,200, but the average price for a half day trip in Austin is $421. The average price for a full day trip in Austin is $514.

What month is best for fishing in Austin?

The most popular season for fishing in Austin is spring, and most anglers book their trips 21 days in advance.

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

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

Fishing In Austin, TX

"Austin, the capital of Texas, is a prime destination for freshwater fishing enthusiasts. The area is home to experienced fishing charter operators who specialize in the Colorado River, its reservoirs, and nearby lakes. These guides have an in-depth knowledge of the waters, fish species, and hotspots, making them the perfect partners for a successful fishing trip.

Austin offers a diverse range of fish species, including Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Striped and Hybrid Bass, Blue, Channel, and Flathead Catfish, and Crappie. Longnose and Spotted Gar are also commonly found in the area, but Largemouth Bass are the most sought-after catch.

Fishing in Austin is a year-round activity, with spring and fall being the most productive seasons. The area enjoys over 300 days of sunshine, making it an ideal location for fishing. However, during the summer months, it's best to fish at dawn or dusk to avoid the heat.

There are numerous fishing locations in Austin, including Lake Austin, Lady Bird Lake, Lake Travis, and Lake Bastrop. Fishing charters are available for trips ranging from 3 hours to 12 hours, depending on your preferences.

Before embarking on a fishing trip, it's essential to obtain a valid fishing license and endorsement. Additionally, it's crucial to be aware of size and bag limits and adhere to the latest rules and regulations. With the help of Austin fishing charters, you can experience the best of what the area has to offer."

Fishing in New Braunfels, Texas

The Guadalupe River flows out of the bottom of Canyon Lake dam and continues to flow through New Braunfels. Canyon Lake is deep and offers great fishing opportunities for all typical lake species, but something magical happens when you cross over the dam. When the coldest water is pumped downstream it creates a perfect habitat for trout. Rainbow and brown trout are stocked in the river every year and the trout from previous years do spawn. Try your hand at fly fishing on a float down the Guadalupe River. Take on trout when the water temps are below 70 or target explosive largemouth and guadalupe bass when the water gets warm. Accessing the Guadalupe River can be difficult but we have plenty of guides who can get you headed down river and on the fish.

Fishing in San Marcos, Texas

The San Marcos River is spring fed which makes it ice cold and gin clear. This pristine river is one of best places to catch smallmouth bass in Texas. Largemouth and guadalupe bass are also present throughout the river system. These three bass species are almost guaranteed to provide non stop action. With cold clean water and a variety of food sources the bite is on year round on the San Marcos River. It seems like fly fishing is taking over all over the country and San Marcos is no different. Head to the San Marcos River and feel a bass rip your fly off the surface - it’s a feeling you’ll never forget.

Popular Types of Fishing In Austin

The most common types of fishing charters in Austin, Texas are bass fishing charters, fly fishing charters, and kayak fishing charters.

Bass fishing charters are popular because Austin is home to some of the best bass fishing in the country. You can catch largemouth, smallmouth, and Guadalupe bass in the lakes and rivers around Austin.

Fly fishing charters are also popular because of the beautiful scenery and the challenge of catching fish with a fly. The most common fish to catch on a fly fishing charter in Austin are trout and bass.

Kayak fishing charters are a unique way to experience fishing in Austin. You can explore the rivers and lakes around Austin while fishing for bass, catfish, and sunfish.

Some popular landmarks that Austin fishing charters visit include Lake Travis, Lady Bird Lake, and the Colorado River. So, if you're looking for an adventure on the water, book an Austin fishing charter and experience the best fishing in Texas!

Other Things To Do In Austin

While Austin fishing charters are a popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do in this vibrant city. Take a dip in the Barton Springs Pool, hike the trails at Zilker Park, or catch a live music show on Sixth Street. For a taste of history, visit the Texas State Capitol or the LBJ Presidential Library. Foodies will love exploring the city's diverse culinary scene, from food trucks to fine dining. And don't forget to check out the famous bats that emerge from under the Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset. With so much to see and do, Austin is the perfect destination for a fun-filled vacation.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time, Grant was very knowledgeable. He had the proper gear, and knew how to use it. He also was great to talk to. I would recommend him highly.

    James F. with Grant L. of Austin, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Exceptional fisherman. Great personality & love his excitement & laugh. My wife and I are in our mid 70's but in good health. However, he saw to all our needs and especially finding Crappie. Will be all fishing guide for every fishing trip we book in the future. Had a wonderful time.

    Dan A. with Kevin M. of Taylor, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    My son and I recently went on a guided trip with Derek and we could not be happier! Originally we were scheduled for Lake Austin, but Derek had gotten some news that we should hit Lake Travis instead, and it definitely paid off! His knowledge of the lake and guidance with us novice fishermen (and just a good guy all around) led to some fun results!

    Logan . with Derek R. of Austin, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Jake was patient, positive and extremely accommodating to three beginners, including a teenager. I’m looking forward to booking him again when I get another hankering to go fishing.

    Brad P. with Jake K. of Spicewood, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Jake took us on a lovely trip on Lake Travis. He’s very patient and knowledgeable. He showed us some great fishing spots and we caught lots of bass! Highly recommend a trip with Jake!

    Karolina V. with Jake K. of Spicewood, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Wyatt is a great guide, was willing to work with our busy schedule and get us on the fish fast. In ten mins my friend caught the Texas state bass, what a welcome to Texas that was! Highly recommend him next time we’re back in Texas we’ll definitely be giving him a call.

    Joe H. with Wyatt R. of Austin, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Derek did a great job. Even though the weather was a little cold and the fish weren’t too hungry, we hit multiple different spots and everyone on the trip landed something! We also nearly landed a 25 pound mega catfish that would’ve been a personal best! All in all, awesome day, awesome guide.

    Ian O. with Derek R. of Austin, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Wyatt waws a good captain. While the bite was slow, he was very knowledgeable about the area, the history and the fishing patterns. Had a great day.

    Scott M. with Wyatt R. of Austin, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Kevin is a great guide and super passionate about putting you on your biggest fish. Mother nature worked against us on my trip but I was still able to learn a lot about fishing in Texas as I’m new here. Even though the bite was hard and we got snunked I would go out again with Kevin with full confidence.

    Grizz J. with Kevin O. of Austin, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Can’t say enough about Jake. 4hour trip and almost 20 fish. The boat, gear everything was top notch. I’ve got a lot of experience but Never fished in Texas. Jake was more than willing to share his knowledge and expertise of the local waters. Great trip!! Thanks Jake and captain experiences

    Rick J. with Jake K. of Spicewood, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Carson is the man 10/10!

    Joey B. with Carson C. of Austin, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Jake is great! We booked a 4hr bass fishing trip on Lake Travis after reading his Captain Experiences page. As someone who has never done bass fishing, I needed to learn the basics. Jake was super patient showing us the ropes. We learned how to reel in, set hooks, cast and dislodge stuck lures. We also caught nearly 10 bass including a couple of Guadeloupe bass. I would certainly book again.

    Satu P. with Jake K. of Spicewood, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Always a great time!!

    Gerardo A. with Jake K. of Spicewood, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great friendly guide. Worked hard to find fish

    Logan H. with Carson C. of Austin, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Had the best time with Captain Carson. It was our first time bass fishing outside the Midwest and he was an excellent guide and great at teaching us some new techniques. He was very knowledgable about the area, and has experience with all sorts of fishing from river and lake to offshore. Shared some great stories, had an awesome experience, and plan to be going out again! Thanks again Carson!

    Shawna S. with Carson C. of Austin, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Jake was great!!! We caught some good quality fish for Lake Travis!!! Highly recommended!!! Thank you for the experience!

    Derik M. with Jake K. of Spicewood, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Had a great time and had very good fishing spots. Knew where to find the fish.

    Gerardo A. with Jake K. of Spicewood, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    I highly recommend Captain Experiences and Jake. The customer service was great from booking to confirming the trip. We had a wonderful experience with Jake. He is very knowledgeable, friendly and made sure we had a great time. His boat and set provided for a comfortable trip. Jake provided great instruction and encouragement for my 11 year old son. We got to fish in a lot of different spots ensuring that we caught fish. Jake also helped us take great photos.

    Jonna B. with Jake K. of Spicewood, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We really enjoyed our trip with Jake. It was only supposed to be a half day (4 hours) but it ended up being a 5.5 hour trip! Jake really has a passion for fishing and that is obvious and makes the experience so great. It was just what we needed! We will definitely go with Jake again!

    Karen H. with Jake K. of Spicewood, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Ive hired Jake seven times over the last year and a half. Every trip he is amazing. His boat is super nice and his gear is top notch. I always catch fish and have the best time ever. Jake is super friendly and charismatic. His knowledge of largemouth bass fishing and willingness to share is what keeps me hiring him again and again. You won't be sorry hiring Jake.

    Dave M. with Jake K. of Spicewood, Texas

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