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Lake LBJ Sand Bass Run

The beginning of spring is one of the most rewarding seasons for bass fishing in Texas. It is the time when the Lake LBJ sand bass run occurs. In early spring, bass usually migrate from the cold deep waters to the shallow sunny flats, providing anglers with a great opportunity to track the fish movement and get plenty of easy bites. In this post, we tell you when the Lake LBJ sand bass run starts, exactly where to go fishing, the best bass lures to use, and the must-have gear for creek fishing.

The Lake LBJ sand bass run is one of the most exciting ways to spend time in the great outdoors after a long lockdown winter season.

At this time, large bass are in their pre-spawn season and therefore most vulnerable. If you want to get into the cool muddy waters, you’ll easily get one of your biggest catches so far.

When Does the Sand Bass Run Start?

The sand bass run in Lake LBJ starts in February and extends up to the month of April. This is the time when the annual migration of white bass, also known as sand bass, on Lake LBJ occurs.

In early spring as the weather begins to warm up, the white bass from Lake LBJ have started their annual spawning run along the streams and rivers. As large bass move from the lake’s deep waters to the cool sunny shallow, they are at their most vulnerable and quite easy to catch.

On a good day, it is not surprising to catch up to 20 fish in less than an hour. The activities will however wind down as we get to the end of April and the fish go back downstream.

Where Do You Go to Fish the Sand Bass Run?

The most important step for a successful bass fishing experience is to identify the right spots to fish, where bass are really biting and therefore easy to catch.

In the pre-spawn season, bass migrate to shallow flats where females will lay eggs.

Notably, bass follow the same migration patterns in any lake, river, or creek. It is easy to identify the migration routes and locate the perfect fishing spots.

The best spots for fishing are therefore both small and large rivers and creeks that feed into the lake. The spot can even be miles upriver. All you have to do is to find access to these spots along the road or at parks.

What Lures Should You Use for the Sand Bass Run?

The truth is that it is quite easy to catch bass during this annual spring run but is it important to choose the best bass lures.

Some of the best lures that will get you several bites every day include spoons, rooster tails, crappie jigs, roadrunners, and white swimbaits just to mention a few.


I hope you now know where to fish, the best lures to carry, and the best places to catch fish during the Lake LBJ sand bass run. After you get your first bite, be prepared for more catches to follow.

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Fishing Report from TPWD (Apr. 21)

EXCELLENT. Water clear. 66 degrees; 0.62 low. Black bass are excellent on soft plastic swimbaits, top waters, bladed jigs, tubes, frogs, and crankbaits worked near shorelines, main lake points, and rock ledges in 2-14’. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs around brush piles, rock ledges, and docks. White bass are excellent near main channels with swimbaits, jigging spoons, and slabs. Catfish are excellent on punch bait and cut bait in 14-28’ in baited areas.

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