Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Trip Report: Lake Mineral Wells

     I was fortunate enough to get out to some new-to-me water this past weekend. My good friend, Alan Sladek, of Kayak Bass Adventures invited me to do some much need camping and fishing at Lake Mineral Wells State Park. Everything worked out perfect for the weekend that I was able to get away and spend some quality time on the water.
     After a long night of grilling, laughs, and a few beverages we woke up to a dead still morning. No wind to speak of. Got on the water about 7:30 and the waters temps were hovering around 79 degrees. Surprisingly, the bite was slow in the first hour and a half or so, but quickly picked up around 9. With bluebird skies and zero wind I started to think the whole day was going to be a bust, but all the sudden it was on. I threw squarebill crankbaits off an on during the first two hours with no success at all. I had two baits working for me and I consistently and successfully threw those the rest of the day. My GrandeBass Rattlesnake on a shaky head, was on fire the whole day. I used the watermelon and black Rattlesnake alternating as they got ripped up, and it didn't seem to matter the color. To change it up a bit, I also tied on a Baby Brush Hog in the rootbeer color, and very similar success. My last fish of the day turned out to be my personal best from a kayak, 8.65 pounds and 23.5 inches. I loved this lake is all hard bottom and littered with trash or debris. No mud or muck. The lake is easily covered by a kayak and the traffic is very kayak friendly. It helps that the water levels are so low that the boat ramp is off limits. 

     I highly recommend this park as a fantastic get away with excellent scenery and fishing. Take a few friends and a few kayaks and take a trip to Mineral Wells State Park.

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