Advertise Contribute My Account

Lake LBJ

Because Life is Better at the Lake

The right line, right line test for hassle free fishing on spinning reels...


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

Braid or fluorocarbon between 8 to 12 pounds was the choice of most anglers.

Additional tips to help in line control:

1. When spooling a spinning reel make sure the line goes onto the spool in a counter clock-wise manner.
2. Do not over fill your spinning reel. Leave at least an eighth of an inch from the top of the line to the top of the spool's rim. A little more space won't hurt but try not to exceed that eighth of an inch. The more line you have the easier it will get twisted and you will have to cut it out. Being under-spooled can result sometimes in the line catching on the edge of the top of the spool when trying to make a long cast.
3. When spooling, spray five or six shots of the Kevin Van Dam Lure and Line Conditioner on the line you have just spooled onto the reel. Do this as you spool the line and then give it a big dose after the line is on the reel. You want to do this at least 24 hours before you use the reel and then during the day as you use the reel.
4. Read the line parameters on the spinning reel and do not exceed them.
5. Read the rod's parameters and make sure your line test and bait weights are within the rod's range for best performance.
6. Be ready for line twist. It comes with spinning rigs. It's the law. When you get line twist you do not open the spinning reel’s bail; keep it shut. Loosen the drag and pull the line off the spool. If you open the bail, line will blast off the spinning reel.
7. Bring at least one additional spinning reel with you so you can change out spinning reels when you run out of line or you get a bad twisting situation.

Professional anglers use 8 pound test braid on their spinning reels to avoid line twist; get better feedback as to what is on the bottom via the braid/finger contact; using the same fluorocarbon line test diameter for their leader when finesse fishing; and cutting their line twist problems down to almost zero.

Fluorocarbon line is a "heavy" line and it can be difficult to control on a spinning rig if you go higher than 8 pound test.


Tell us what you think!

Lake LBJ Email Updates


Lake LBJ is on Facebook!

Follow us on           

Lake LBJ Current Weather Alerts

There are no active watches, warnings or advisories.


Lake LBJ Weather Forecast


Partly Sunny

Hi: 79

Thursday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 61


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 81

Friday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 65


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 87

Saturday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 66


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 86

Sunday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 67

Lake LBJ Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 3/22: 824.61 (-0.39)

Lake LBJ Fishing Report from TPWD (Mar. 21)

Water stained; 72–76 degrees; 0.77’ low. Black bass are fair on chartreuse Rat–L–Traps and plastic swimbaits. Striped bass are good on Spoiler Shads and Li’l Fishies at night. White bass are good on Li’l Fishies at night. Crappie are good on chartreuse/white tube jigs and live minnows over brush piles. Channel catfish are good on minnows and nightcrawlers. Yellow and blue catfish are fair on trotlines baited with live bait.