Lake Travis Fishing Guide Tyler Torwick
Lake Pro Fishing Guide Tyler Torwich 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.
Tyler is now captain of his own guide service, Torwick’s Guiding Service, guiding full-time on several lakes in the Austin area and reporting for Lake Pro Guides on Travis and Lyndon B. Johnson. Tyler’s specialties include offshore fishing with electronics, marina fishing, but his friends call him the “The Dropshot Master” - which may explain why he loves Travis - a clear deep water lake where “shallow” fishing can be 30 feet of water. “From fishing marinas in 100+ feet of water for suspended bass, to dragging a jig over a ledge in 40 feet of water, to flipping brush in 8 inches of water, there’s tons of ways to catch them,” says Tyler, who’s personal best on Travis is 8.5 pounds.
Fishing Lake Travis
Like LBJ, Lake Travis is another reservoir on the Colorado River and was formed by the construction of Mansfield Dam on the western edge of Austin, Texas in 1942. Travis, which is part of the Highland Lakes, was primarily built as a flood-control reservoir which explains why the water fluctuation of Lake Travis is quite high; it once fluctuated 20 feet in a single 24 hour period. The clarity runs from clear to slightly off-color in upper sections and there isn’t much in the way of vegetation.
According to Tyler, “when you fish Travis, you can catch a mess of fish,” which is another reason he loves fishing there. In fact, Tyler claims that if he had to pick one Lake in the Austin area to fish for the rest of his life, it would definitely be Lake Travis.
Travis is known for producing good numbers of largemouth bass, with white bass runs occuring in the spring (February-May) in the major creek arms, the Pedernales River and the upper end of the Colorado River arm. You can find some striped bass in the extreme lower end of the reservoir and blue, channel, and flathead catfish throughout the reservoir.
Lake Travis Stocking History, from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Latest Lake Travis Survey Report, also from TPWD
Lake Travis Fishing Regulations
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations. Bow fishers on this lake are subject to special regulations enforced by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).
Side note: Located near the eastern end of Lake Travis is the only legal “clothing optional” park in Texas, Hippie Hollow Park.
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.