Plenty of sand bass to catch

November 3, 2012

Even with the episodes of golden algae that has affected our fishery since 2001, the white bass – or sand bass, as we call them – continue to be available in our waters on Lake Granbury.

White bass are extremely prolific. They spawn successfully most every year, and they can grow to keeper size in about one year in our warm waters.

Most every reservoir in Texas has white bass. In Texas you are allowed to keep 25 per day per person, and the minimum length requirement is 10 inches.

These fish are spread out in large schools over many different areas, namely mid-lake (Indian Harbor), the lower ends (near deCordova subdivision and near the dam) and even up in the river near Tin Top. The white bass species are schooling fish so when you find one, you know there will be more.

The white bass species will travel. Water current flow with rainfall will get these fish moving. They may be impeded heading upstream due to the low level of the lake right now.

I would also not leave without checking areas such as the flat by the Shores and the area by Bentwater/Mallard Pointe. Look for schooling fish that the birds are currently working.

The slab is an effective lure to locate and catch fish. Another good bait is a small soft plastic presentation bounced off the bottom. Chartreuse and silver holographic are great colors. I like using 1-ounce Little River chartreuse prism slabs for sand bass and as the water cools to around 60 degrees I start to switch to 3-inch bass assassins dipped in chartreuse dye on a quarter-ounce head. When active, small crankbaits and spinners are also effective.

Typically with these lower temperatures, I like to look upstream however due to the low water conditions. You may have to focus on the main lake.

As the water temperature continues to lower due to passing cool fronts, more and more sand bass schools will move upstream. If you have a tougher time finding these traveling fish on the lower ends of the lake, you may want to move upstream to the river.

These fish are on the fall feeding frenzy and are easily caught when located. They will start to push bait fish to the surface. Even if they do not push fish to the surface and you see some birds circling an area, go check it out.

Sand bass spawn typically in February and March on the upper ends in Granbury. Tin Top is one of the best-known areas where these fish spawn. A large contingency of this species follow bait fish in the fall up in the river long before any spawn.

By Thanksgiving, the river above Granbury is typically loaded with sand bass – and in many cases schools of big sand bass can be caught easily. Many of these fish may stay in the river all the way until they spawn and others may move back to the main lake when really cold weather moves in.

The striped bass species will also move up in the rivers above Whitney and Granbury and most every other reservoir that has stripers. The stripers do tend to arrive a little later upstream.

Typically, after the first good freeze around the first week in December you will find the bigger striped bass running up rivers and creeks. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be fish in the main lake. A good percentage of the larger fish will run upstream chasing bait fish. The river will warm faster than the main lake, and this may be one of the reasons for the predators following the bait fish.

So if you are looking to catch sand bass on Lake Granbury right now, I would first try the lower ends and move around until you find birds working. Also, check out the moon phases for that best fishing time.


Granbury sand bass are schooling near Indian Harbor, deCordova and near Blue Water Shores. Birds are pointing anglers to the fish. Mixed in with the sand bass are all species including crappie, bass and catfish.

Water temps are in the middle 60s and the fall feeding frenzy is on. If you can get on the water, you won’t be disappointed. This is the one of the best reports for our lake Granbury in a while.

Squaw Creek black bass continue to be good to excellent on soft plastics and top water baits. Water temperatures are falling into the low 80s on this power plant lake. Catfish are abundant on this lake as well.

On other local reservoirs, Benbrook is good if you can get on the water. Only small boats are being able to launch. Possum Kingdom sand bass and small stripers continue to be good on slabs and live shad. Lewisville and Bridgeport hybrids and sand bass are good on most days on slabs, swimbaits and live shad.

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