Hiking and Fishing the Guadalupe

by John Evans
(San Antonio, TX)

Robin hiking the Bauer Unit at Guadalupe River State Park

Robin hiking the Bauer Unit at Guadalupe River State Park

My wife, Robin, and I were able to take a quick trip to the upper Guadalupe River this past week, with good success. We caught a mixture of redbreast sunfish, green sunfish, Rio Grande Cichlids, and Guadalupe bass. Robin fished with nightcrawlers on her Suntech Field Master 39, and I used a grasshopper dry fly on my Nissin Zerosum 320.

The main point of this article, however, is to point out the value of fishing less-frequented waters. Most anglers enter Guadalupe River State Park on the main, headquarters side of the river. During summer weekends, the only thing you’re liable to catch on that side of the park is an inner tube and an irate sunbather.
But, on the north side, down a nice country lane, is the Bauer Unit. Yes, it’s a mile-and-a-half hike to the river, but most of us need all the exercise we can get. Plus, the hike insures that there will be fewer anglers once you get there. By the way, if you are going to the Bauer Unit, be sure to check the park information website because this unit is closed some fall weekends for drawn deer hunts.

Hey, I almost hate giving away this secret; but the Bauer Unit offers some of the best warm water river fishing in Texas. A little extra time and a little more walking almost always pay off.
I bet you have a place like that in your neck of the woods . . . a stretch of water that’s harder to get to or is somehow less inviting. That may be the best spot around!

Want better fishing? Go where the other anglers aren’t.

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Oct 17, 2019
Perfect timing
by: Eric Kol

I’m headed to Texas next week and will have a weekend in the hill country. I have many places mapped out to try for Guads and Rio Grande Cichlids. This sounds like an excellent place to find some peace and quite and maybe catch one. How does the river fish this time of year?

Oct 18, 2019
Fishing the Hill Country this Time of Year
by: John Evans

Eric,
Glad you're able to make the trip! Remember to FIRST check the Texas State Park websites ("park alerts") to make certain that there aren't any closures. For example, the Bauer Unit on the Guadalupe River is closed the weekends of Nov. 8, 15, 22, and 29 for deer hunting--though this sounds like it will be after your trip.

The gates do not open till 8:00 A.M. at most of the parks. As long as we don't have a hard cold snap, the parks fish GREAT this time of year! It's just getting cool enough where waders feel nice.

Also be sure to check any license requirements. At most STATE PARKS, your entry permit is sufficient for your license as long as you stay in the park boundaries. I highly recommend Guadalupe River State Park and Blanco State Park for quick trips. You can use a long tenkara rod for those rivers. Lost Maples State Natural Area is absolutely gorgeous but a little more challenging to fish.

As a hidden gem, Cibolo Creek Natural Area in Boerne has a huge fish population (catch and release only) but is brushy and tight. It's free to access but you absolutely do have to have a Texas fishing license there.

It's a little more like urban fishing, but you will catch fish there. It's not a stat park. You have to use a slingshot cast and short rod much of the time on the Cibolo. I went there yesterday with a 270 cm rod and caught 50 panfish in 2 hours on a grasshopper fly. Have fun!

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