Located on the Rio Grand River, the
lake is about 12 miles NW of Del Rio
in Val Verde County Texas with a
surface area is 64,900 acres and a maximum depth of 217 feet.
Lake Amistad was impounded in 1969 with the Conservation Pool Elevation of 1,117 feet and the
lake fluctuation depends on area rainfall and downstream irrigation needs. The annual fluctuations can be as much as 5-10 feet, however historical fluctuations have dropped lake Amistad as much as 50 feet below conservation pool, with the water clarity being clear to slightly stained.
The main fish species are Black bass, Crappie, Catfish, White and hybrid striped bass. For active fish on Lake Amistad, spinner baits and crank baits are the more popular choice.
Here are a few top notch fishing guides for this lake: South Texas Fishing, Reel'n Ray Service, Jerry's Fishing Service, Palmetto Guide Service.
Here are some of the best places to fish and the recommended lures to use:
On San Pedro Flats, use chrome/blue jerk baits, on the Main Lake Flats, bump up the size of your crank baits and fish the edge of grass. On Evans Creek, use soft plastic jerk baits rigged Carolina style. At Zorro Tank Dam, use reddish colored flukes and shad spooks. At Caballo Canyon, use watermellon lizards on Carolina style rigs and fish any structure around the grass. At Tulie Canyon, use green and pumpkin colored drop shots with a slow retrieve for bigger bass.
In Conclusion: Make sure you have all plans and reservations confirmed before beginning your trip. Also be careful not to venture into the Mexican part of the lake without proper documentation.
This lake is in extreme south Texas, so be aware of the hot weather during the summer months and take plenty of water in case of mechanical problems.
Lake Amistad is a great place to land that once in a lifetime trophy bass.