📅05 May 2017, 01:18


CANYON LAKE, TX – One thing to expect during a Thursday Nighter is for the wind to blow, and blow hard. 85 anglers entered tonight with many second guessing their decision to fish as they pulled up to launch their boats and witnessed the waves beating the usually protected shorelines of Canyon Lake Marina. The wind however was not enough to deter Daniel Rodriguez and David Jara from getting their first win of 2017 as they came in with a healthy bag of fish that tipped the scales at just over 17 pounds and beating out 2nd place by nearly 6 pounds. Daniel and David drew boat 36, had a weigh in time of 10:10 and used every minute of it to cull up to their final weight. Fishing jigs in 20’ of water, Daniel and David caught fish all night and had a limit before sun down. It wasn’t til those 5 extra minutes at 10 o’clock when the team really hit pay dirt and landed their 2 biggest fish on back to back casts. The largest pushing the scales a hair under 6 pounds and their 2nd largest pushing 5 pounds. The team won $740 plus an additional $500 for fishing from a Skeeter boat.

Coming in 2nd place and winning Big Bass with a solid 6.67 pounder was the team of Harry Hewlett and Chet Markgraf. The team mentioned they started on the TXPWD brushpiles only to catch several small fish thus they decided to make a change. Digging through their baits they came across some old unused swimbaits and immediately got bit throwing them down shorelines and picked up their first keeper. Minutes later they were able to pick up 2 more keepers and the big bass of the tournament all on the swimbait. Once the sun went down so did their swimbait bite and they were unable to fill out their limit. Drawing boat 44 they were one of the last boats out and could have used the extra day light. It was Harry’s fourth time to fish a Thursday Nighter and Chet’s first, but it didn’t take them long to start cashing checks as they took home $430 for 2nd place and another $225 for Big Bass.

The 3rd place finishers went to Charles Whited and Mike Harmon. Fishing their first Thursday Nighter together, the team weighed in just over 11 pounds on only 4 fish. They reported to have caught their fish on a variety of baits that included a topwater, flukes and of course a power worm. The team mentioned that they caught a lot of fish, just couldn’t find the size.

4th place went to Chuck Ware and Ross Wright. It was their 2nd time to bring in a limit and 3rd time to cash a check in 2017 and they too mentioned catching fish all night. Throwing tx rigs, crankbaits and finesse rigs the team caught their kicker first and had a limit well before dark. The team focused on submerged brush and rocky ledges in the 8-12’ of water.

For most of the year, the fishing on Canyon has been changing week to week with the wind playing a major factor. Most anglers have been forced to fish the wind protected shorelines and coves while seemingly the fish have been moving out to the main lake. The fishing does however appear to be improving as 11 limits were brought to the scales and several fish over 5 pounds. For most teams the bite was good before dark and remained good after dark until the front blew completely through at 9pm and dropped temps into the low 60’s and the wind to almost 0. Mayfly hatch is taking place and fish were actively busting the surface, as such a few anglers did report to have caught fish on topwaters. Key for most anglers this week was to fish slow with soft plastics. Brushpiles aren’t yet ready, with most fish still being caught on points and ledges.


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