Canyon Lake Fishing Guide Evan Coleman
Evan Coleman is the owner of Big Bassin' Fishing Tours and the Lake Pro Guide for Canyon Lake. Evan started bass fishing at a very early age and his passion for the sport just keeps growing. When he was just 12, he started fishing tournaments in the local clubs and moved on to tournament trails in high school, and then moved to the college series once he enrolled at Texas State. While in college, Evan traveled the country with the tournaments, learning how to fish different types of lakes and conditions. In 2016, he placed second in the country at the College BASS national championship classic bracket. He started his own fishing guide business in 2015 because he wanted to share his passion for bass fishing and teach others how to be successful. In addition to Canyon, Evan guides on 12 other lakes in central Texas.
Evan likes guiding on Canyon because he thinks it is such a beautiful lake and because it is where he learned to fish for bass. He also appreciates the challenge Canyon presents. Evan's personal best for Canyon is largemouth bass weighing 7 pounds 1 ounce.
Fishing Canyon Lake
Water impoundment for the Canyon Reservoir began in 1964 and the conservation pool level was reached in 1968. Located on Guadalupe River, the Canyon Reservoir, now called Canyon Lake, is home to an abundance of white-tailed deer, foxes, roadrunners, and other wildlife, as well as the 64-acre Canyon Lake Gorge and is often referred to as “The Jewel” of the Texas Hill Country.”
Like other highland reservoirs, Canyon Lake is dominated by steep rocky banks, isolated flooded timber, and all this structure provides excellent cover for game fish - especially bass. The water clarity is generally clear but becomes stained as you move up the reservoir and into the river. The river portion of the reservoir is dominated by flooded timber, rock ledges, and laydowns.
If you are angling for largemouth bass, you’ll be most successful on Canyon Lake during the spring, fall, and winter months. When the water level is high, you are most likely to find largemouth suspending in flooded terrestrial vegetation. The record largemouth bass for Canyon Lake was caught on July 10, 2001 and was 26” long and weighed 11.69 pounds.
Canyon Lake Fishing Regulations
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations which can be found on the TPWD website.
Lake Pro Scouting Reports
Published every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. by guides who are on the water nearly every day, these scouting reports provide a general overview of the fishing conditions for the coming weekend.