Fishing @ Lake Wood Park

Lake Wood is a great place to catch fish. Fed by the Guadalupe River, the lake has numerous sloughs and creeks along the edges and many people come out each year to try to catch "The Big One."

Launch your boat from our central dock facility or from the gravel bar below the H-5 dam to fish downriver on the Guadalupe.

No boat? No problem. There are many places to throw out a line along the riverbank in the park, at the lakefront, or by the boat canal. There is also a fishing area just below the H-5 dam spillgates that is lighted for night fishing. It was here that the state record Largemouth Bass for the Guadalupe River was caught in May 1998!

Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Yellow Cat and Channel Cat are the primary game fish. Perch are available if you want to catch your bait, and the park store sells live bait including worms and minnows. Largemouths take to the shallows for the spawning period. In warmer weather, the bass hang close to boat dock pilings, lily pads and submerged stumps. Purple-white and purple-yellow plastic worms are popular for largemouths. When the water muddies, go to lighter-color baits.

Keifer Slough offers lily pads and stumps as well as some relief from ski-wave action in warm months. Chartreuse spinnerbaits, topwater chuggers and buzzbaits will take Keifer bass throughout the summer. Island shorelines are also a good bet in warm weather. Crappie spawn in spring in water two to ten feet deep and then hold best around cover - docks, pads, submerged structures - that are close to the river channel. Minnows and small jigs in lighter colors work best. Channel, yellow and blue catfish are taken year round by Lake Wood trotliners.

All state limits apply to game fish in the lake and river. A fishing license is required for anyone over 16 years of age.

Fishing Limits - Texas Fishing License Required

Species Daily Bag Possession Length
Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass 5 10 No maximum; 14 in. minimum
Channel and Blue Catfish 25 50 12 in. minimum
Yellow Catfish 5 10 18 in. minimum
White and Black Crappie 25 50 10 in. minimum
Gar: Alligator 1   No minimum
Rough & Bait: Perch, carp, buffalo None   No limit
© 1998 Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority