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Lake Lyndon B Johnson - Bass, Evan Coleman

Lake Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson Fishing Guide Evan Coleman

LBJ Bass Fishing Guide Evan ColemanEvan Coleman is the owner of Big Bassin' Fishing Tours and the Lake Pro Guide for Choke Canyon Reservoir. 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 Lake LBJ, Evan guides on 12 other lakes in central Texas.

LBJ offers a ton of different ways to catch fish from skipping docks to deep cranking and Evan loves that diversity, plus it offers some of the best sight fishing of any lake he's fished - and who doesn't love sight fishing? LBJ is loaded with big fish and Evan's personal best is 8 pounds 2 ounces.  

Fishing Lyndon B. Johnson

Originally named Lake Granite Shoals, Lyndon B. Johnson is a reservoir on the Colorado River in the Texas Hill Country about 45 miles northwest of Austin. The lake was renamed in 1965 to honor US President Lyndon Baines Johnson who worked to enact the Rural Electrification Act that formed the basis for building the Texas Highland Lakes, of which LBJ is one. Lake LBJ, like several of the other reservoirs along the Colorado River, is a pass-through lake, meaning there is no room for additional water storage; water that comes in must go out. Therefore, Lake LBJ is at a near-constant level, although the level can fluctuate, especially during a flood.

When looking at LBJ on a map, you might think it’s not a very big lake. And you’d be right. But the Colorado River and the Llano River meet in the northern portion of the lake and there are lots of channels that run through LBJ. That means if you know where to look, you’ll find lots of cool little backwater areas to fish. The water is typically clear to slightly stained, but LBJ there is a lot of hydrilla, which isn’t great for the lake but does provide another angling opportunity. 

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, LBJ contains a moderate density largemouth and Guadalupe bass population as well as a moderate white bass population with runs occurring up the Llano River in the spring (February-May). Lake LBJ's white crappie population reported to be the best of any of the Highland Lakes chain and blue, channel, and flathead catfish are abundant throughout the reservoir.

Fishing Regulations for Lyndon B. Johnson

All species are currently managed with statewide regulations. Bow fishers on this lake are subject to special regulations enforced by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). 

Stocking history for Lake Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson Reservoir - 2016 Survey Report

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