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Lake Lyndon B Johnson - Bass, Tyler Torwick

Lake Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson Fishing Guide Tyler Torwick

LBJ Bass Fishing Guide Tyler Torwick

Lake Pro Fishing Guide Tyler Torwick grew up in San Diego fishing the west coast of and just never stopped. In the beginning, he would beg his mom or grandparents to drive him to the local lake so I could fish from shore. After years of Tyler’s pleading, his mom eventually caved, and gave him a float tube for his birthday. The rest, as they say, is history. Tyler fished his way through high school and college, was even the president of the Baylor University bass fishing team for a couple of years, and fished some of the best fisheries in the country through the FLW college tour.

Currently residing in Austin, TX, Tyler is now captain of his own guide service, Torwick’s Guiding Service. Tyler tells us he loves fishing and guiding on LBJ  because he loves skipping a jig. Since Lyndon B. Johnson maintains a constant water level, the docks on it are fixed and have pilings that the fish, especially bass, like to use as structure. If you ask Tyler, there’s nothing better than making the perfect skip up under a dock, feeling one hard thump, and setting the hook on a big fish while you try to wrestle it out from under the dock. If you go out on a fishing trip with Tyler, be sure to ask if that is how he landed his personal best on LBJ of 8.1 pounds. 

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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