CANYON LAKE– Anglers who visit Canyon Lake will have additional fishing spots to target thanks to recently installed structures intended to improve the habitat of sport fish species including largemouth bass, crappie and sunfish.
These structures are the result of an annual, ongoing collaboration launched in 2005 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Canyon Bass Club of San Marcos and the Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) of Comal County.
Canyon Lake is a typical highland reservoir with steep rocky banks and little natural cover for fish. Plastic structures and brush can attract fish and provide additional habitat for species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, and sunfish. In January 2022, 25 Mossback brand fish habitat structures were added to the fishery at four existing sites.
“This project is a fantastic value for the public and anglers,” said TPWD District Supervisor Patrick Ireland. “It gives you a targeted area to fish. You can find the locations of the habitat structures on the TPWD Canyon Lake Fish Attractor Project website.”
This collaboration has established a total 44 sites on Canyon Lake. Grants from WORD and Friends of Reservoirs Foundation provided funding for this year’s project. The Canyon Bass Club of San Marcos, a Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) Nation affiliated club, provided most of the labor to assemble the habitat structures with support from USACE, TPWD and other volunteers.
“The Texas BASS Nation loves to see partnerships like this,” said Dave Terre, Texas BASS Nation Conservation Director. “Together we can accomplish many things. We all have the same goal in mind to make fishing better.”
The GPS coordinates for these new habitat structures along with structures on other lakes are publicly available online. Anglers can enter these coordinates into their GPS.
Anglers can learn more about fishing in the state of Texas through the TPWD fishing website.