Decker Fishing Guide Ander Meine
It’s hard to pin Lake Pro Guide Ander Meine down long enough to ask him about his guide credentials. See, in addition to reporting for Lake Pro Guides, Ander is also the owner of “Bassquatch Fishing,” a guide service providing guided trips to 11 different lakes in the Austin area. He has 30+ years of fishing experience and 18+ years of competitive tournament fishing experience.
Ander has lived in several different states throughout the west which has given him the opportunity to fish and understand a wide array of bodies of water; from the tidal waters of the California Delta to the ultra deep, clear waters of Lake Mead in Nevada. With such a diverse background, we think that Ander’s versatility in his angling styles is likely his greatest asset and why we’re proud to call him a Lake Pro Guide.
He also has years of experience with fishing for all three of the primary black bass species: Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass. Ander has been fishing Texas waters for over 10 years now and feels right at home finding and catching monster Texas bass. What Ander likes so much about fishing Decker is that it is a grass fisherman’s paradise, and he loves fishing grass. Ander’s personal best on Decker is 8 pounds 15 onces.
Fishing Decker Lake
Like most of the fisheries in Texas, Decker (AKA Lake Walter E. Long) is actually a
Reservoir and was officially impounded in 1967. Well-known as for it’s largemouth bass population, Decker’s real purpose is to provide water for turbines used in the production of electricity from petroleum-based fuels. But Decker is stocked regularly, and, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, has more 5+ pound bass per acre than any other lake in Texas. Even though most of the bass are in the 5-8 pound range, Decker is loaded with them and the fishing is typically pretty great.
The record bass for Decker Lake is 12.21 pounds, caught in December, 1988 by David C. Goodwin.
Decker Lake Fishing Regulations
Decker has special regulations on some fish species. For largemouth bass, the length limit is a 14-21” slot. Bass 14 inches and less or 21 inches or greater in length may be retained. Only one largemouth bass 21 inches or greater may be retained each day. For smallmouth bass (if present), minimum length = 14 inches. No minimum length on spotted, Guadalupe, and Alabama bass (if present.) Daily bag limit for all species = 5 black bass in any combination.
To learn about limits on other species, visit Texas Parks and Wildlife.
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.