Lyndon B. Johnson Fishing Guide Evan Coleman
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.