Guadalupe River (below Canyon Dam)

Upon completion of one of the largest earthen dams in the U.S., the Canyon Lake Dam controlled floods and conserved water for communities downstream on the Guadalupe River. Inadvertently, it has also created a popular recreation destination, with tubing and rafting being favorite summertime attractions. Canyon Dam discharges from the base of the structure drawing clear, cold water from the depths of Canyon Lake, often at temperatures in the high 50's to low 60's. A perfect temperature to sustain a healthy trout population.

Fly Fishing for trophy Rainbow trout is a big draw for the Guadalupe. The Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake Dam is the southern most trout fishery in the United States. Since the late 1960's the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Guadalupe River Chapter of Trout Unlimited have been working to stock and improve this trout fishery. Rainbow trout are the primary stocked fish these days, but I have heard rumors of some big Browns holding over from days past. Book your trip now to get a chance at some trophy Rainbow trout.

Other species are found on this river, as well. The State Fish of Texas draws it's namesake from the river, the Guadalupe bass. Although small in comparison, the Guadalupe bass can pack quite a punch, and a worthy adversary for the fly rod. Largemouth bass are also present as well as Smallmouths, Kentucky Spotted and their hybrids. The Guad also boasts a healthy population of varieties of sunfish, each one bursting with an array of colors..

This river also holds a healthy population of aquatic insects, a major concern for trout fishermen. Aquatic nymphs of many mayflies and other insects make up a big portion of a trout's diet. Blue-winged Olives, Tricos, Hexagenia, Caddis, and Midges all have their hatches and keep the fish well fed. The fish can be somewhat selective at times, so a basic knowledge of trout related entomology can pay dividends.

The best method for fishing the Guadalupe River is by floating. The river bed is public but the majority of river bank is private property leaving access somewhat of an issue. Floating this river allows for a mixed trip of wading and floating through prime fishing water.

Guadalupe River at Sattler, Texas

This is the flow below the Canyon Lake dam
measured at the fourth crossing bridge on River Road.

(Wading is not advisable above 500 cubic feet per second.)

USGS Guadalupe River at Sattler, Tx Water-data graph


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