Best Free Places to Fish from Shore on Lake Travis
By: Tyler Torwick: Austin, TX Fishing Guide
Lake Travis is the second largest reservoir in the Highland Chain of lakes made up by the Colorado River. Impounded in 1942 by the construction of Mansfield Dam, Lake Travis provides flood control, hydro electric power generation, and most of the drinking water for the greater Austin area. In addition to the important economic role it plays for Austin and its surrounding Hill Country towns, it boasts some of the best bass fishing in the area.
Lake Travis is home to healthy populations of Largemouth, Guadalupe, and Striped bass among other non-game species. While the majority of Lake Travis’ shoreline is private property, there are several places on the lake you can access for free or for a small fee that are great to fish from.
Mansfield Dam Park
4370 Mansfield Dam Park Rd. Austin TX, 78732
Mansfield Dam Park is located on the south end of Lake Travis directly next to the dam. With ample parking and plenty of open shoreline there are plenty of places to fish. I recommend starting off the point that extends furthest into the lake. The steep drop off around this point attracts fish and often holds good sized schools of bass. There is also a protected cove at this park that is roped off with buoys to keep boats out. This cove gets very little fishing pressure and during the spring holds good numbers of fish up shallow.
Tom Hughes Park
12714 Hughes Park Rd, Austin, TX 78732
Tom Hughes Park is located near Marshall Ford Marina and is a very popular swimming and hammocking spot. Located on the lower end of the lake, this fishing spot has a steep rocky shoreline. During times of the year bass on Lake Travis get close to the shoreline and hug these rocky banks in search of crawfish and other forage species. Dropshots, shakey heads, and Texas rigged plastics work well here.
Windy Point Park
6506 Bob Wentz Park Rd, Austin, TX 78732
Windy Point Park/ Bob Wentz Park is a great location to take your family and introduce them to the sport of fishing. With tables and barbeques it is a nice place to spend the day. The shoreline facing the main lake is a dive area, but also has great fishing. This spot has a lot of structure and big rocks under the water that attract bass. Jigs, Texas rigged soft plastics, and shakey heads will produce bass here. If you move to the section of the park where the coves are, swimbait and crankbaits are excellent lure choices.
Cypress Creek Park
13601 Bullick Hollow Rd, Austin, TX 78726
Cypress Creek park is an easily accessible park with a boat ramp in the back of Cypress Creek. When the lake is full this fishing spot has a lot of brush in the water that the bass like to hide in. Fish this area with a small soft plastic swimbait or a squarebill crankbait. A Texas rigged worm can also work well casting at the end of the boat ramp. When boats power load onto their trailers, the prop wash digs out a hole at the bottom of the boat ramp that attracts fish.
16410 Stewart Rd, Lakeway, TX 78734
Sundancer grill is a casual restaurant located close to the water in Lakeway. This is not a public park, however there is ample shoreline to fish on this point. As long as you do not trespass on the marina here you should be fine. The shoreline around this point is rocky and has a lot of cover for bass to hide around. I recommend parking out of the way near the restaurant and fishing all the way around the point.
Gnarly Gar / Point Venture
Point Venture/ The Gnarly Gar
18200 Lakepoint Cove, Point Venture, TX 78645
Point Venture is a HOA community on Lake Travis. The point of the lake where the entrance to Captain Pete's (Formerly the The Gnarly Gar) is, is a great place to fish. This is also not a public park, however if you do not get on the dock and simply fish from shore you will not have a problem. The community clubhouse is here so there is ample parking. I recommend fishing a crankbait or a Texas rigged baby brush hog here.