THE SOUTH TEXAS BRUSH COUNTRY might not be ablaze, but one of the region’s most popular bass fisheries is smokin.’
Choke Canyon Reservoir, a 26,000-acre brush-infested impoundment built along the Frio and San Miguel rivers in McMullen and Live Oak counties, has been kicking out scads of lunker largemouths in recent times, and starry-eyed anglers across Texas and beyond have taken notice. Not surprisingly, the lake is fast becoming a hub for big bass nuts with an insatiable appetite for getting the big bite.
Though it has not yet gained the fame garnered by legendary Lake Fork, many anglers and fisheries scientists believe it is only matter of time until “Choke” rises to the top of premier Texas big bass factories; some contend it is already there.
“Choke Canyon is producing a lot of fish the 8- to 9-pound range, and we’re also seeing quite a few in the double digits, including several giants weighing upwards of 15 pounds that started showing up last year,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist John Findeisen. “Based on what I have seen in the last couple of years, I would put this lake up against the best in the world right now. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit to see a new state record come out of there any day. My guess is there is a 20-pounder swimming around out there somewhere.”
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