Hump Day at Aquilla

Yep, it is Wednesday, “hump day” to the working folks….  just another day to us retired folks.

We had a great day on Aquilla Lake… fishing wasn’t as good as it was Monday, but hey, you don’t have to catch a boat load of big fish to have a great day on the lake.  We just enjoy being out there.   While we didn’t get any pictures of ducks today… I like taking pictures of ducks, we did have a couple of interesting wild life experiences.

The stats for today were:

  • Air Temperature:  78° at launch
  • Skies: mostly clear
  • Wind: 8 to 12 from the Southwest, South and Southeast.. it couldn’t make up its mind…
  • Water Clarity:  muddy (coffee with two creams) to a foot or so of visibility depending upon the location
  • Water Temperature:  82°
  • Water Level:  537.53 (.03 feet above pool) .. pool stage normal

And, FYI, the Corps is not releasing water from Aquilla.

What a sunrise….

We took a number of pictures, but this is the one we picked.. maybe the best, maybe not….  at least one of the top 2.

We launched at 6:30 a.m. and followed our normal route, fishing our normal spots.  Like on Monday, our favorite location did not pay off.  Not a single bite.  We did find several schools of shad working on the surface, but did not see any fish ripping them.  We tried top water and crank baits in and around the schooling shad, but didn’t get any takers.   We deduced that there were no bass or whites/sand bass chasing them.

We moved on to where we caught fish on Monday thinking they might still be in there today… as we approached it with the trolling motor, I heard a “grunt” or growl on the shore and something begin to crash through the bushes…  At first I thought it was a hog… but not.  Then I thought maybe it was a deer as it was “bounding” along through the saw grass.  But not.  When it finally broke into the open along the base of the dam, it became clear it was a cat.  The Boss said it was a Bob Cat.   My thought is that it was way to big to be a Bob Cat.  And, we both agreed that it had a tail.  A long skinny tail.  We considered the possibility that it could have been a dog or a coyote.  But not.  It was a cat and a very large cat.  It ran to the top of the dam and out onto the road across the dam,then headed toward the spillway.   It was so fast.  We weren’t able to get the camera out before it was gone.  But, it was interesting.  You never really know what you are going to find at the lake.

We fished the area where we caught fish on Monday.  Again, we had a number of bites.  I boated 4 short fish and The Boss put two in the boat.  About all we can say is that they were bass.   When you get that tap-tap, you never know what is going to be on the other end of the line.  We just set the hook and hope for the best.  Today, they were all small fish.

This is the largest we caught:

By the way, the cat came from out of that saw grass behind me.   When it was running, its head was bouncing above that grass which I estimate to be at least 3 feet tall.  Just amazing.

The second interesting animal we came across was this Osprey.   He wasn’t nearly as skittish as the cat.  He sat perched in a tree right beside the shore line and he let us get right up under him.  We wanted some in-flight pictures, but he didn’t seem to want to move.   Finally he did and we got a couple of photos, but as usual, we weren’t prepared when he did decide to go.

Osprey are wanna be eagles.

Just great stuff being on the lake.

Today, the wind was a bit higher than on Monday.  It was on the verge of being breezy.  It moved the boat along just a shade to fast.  And one minute it seemed to be coming from the Southwest, then it would be coming from the Southeast.  I could never keep the boat in the right position, and the boat movement dragged the worms for us.

Again today, as it was Monday, we caught all our fish on T-rigs.  Plum worms.  What can I say.  I doubt that we would catch them on any other color since we don’t throw any other color.   But as we started the day off, I would fish with top water and The Boss with a crank bait.  Then she switched to a worm and I switched to a crank bait.   But, the only bites we had came on the worm.  The pattern was easy. Just any grass clump or stick up was a potential spot.  The fish were holding right up tight to the structure.  Just like on Monday.

There were not as many folks fishing today.  I think I only counted 3 other rigs on the ramp.  None fished down near the dam where we were fishing.  They probably knew where the fish were as we did not.

We were off the lake by 10:30… tired of the wind and the heat.  It was about 90° when we quit.

But, fish or no fish (well, I don’t know if you can count short fish)…. you just can’t beat a day on the lake… as long as it is not work, that is what counts.



About armadilla

Having fished most of my life and Whitney Lake specifically for 20 years, I know every stump, sand bar, rocky bluff, and sink hole on Whitney, well some of them anyway. I could probably fill a semi-truck with the 5+ pounders caught on this beautiful lake. My job is to report to you on some of the best black bass fishing in the state of Texas.

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6 Responses to Hump Day at Aquilla

  1. Kevin July 22, 2015 at 11:50 pm #

    Hey, that’s an interesting story about the cat, makes me think mountain lion. I would love to see that! We were on Whitney yesterday, looks like they are getting McCown cleaned up, workers pressure washing the tables and such. If I didn’t count the short fish I may not get to count 🙂

    • armadilla July 22, 2015 at 11:55 pm #

      I forgot to mention the cat was a dark color.. maybe some light spots… but, it could have be laying in the mud when we spooked it… who knows.

      • armadilla July 24, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

        We went to a get together in Woodbury last night… told some folks about seeing the cat. There were a number of local old timers there. They told several stories about seeing cougars or panthers in the area, especially around Aquilla Creek and the Nolan River between Blum and Lake Whitney. One fellow told about walking up a pond levy and meeting one come from the other side of the levy… and another told of seeing two in the pasture behind his house running in his pasture. Another told about encountering them while hunting along the Nolan.

        So, panther or cougar… which ever, there are some big cats in the area and we weren’t crazy.

  2. john July 24, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

    Heard whitney will be open saturday…

  3. Kevin July 24, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

    Yes, I did some research myself and the mountain lions are native to Texas. My dad even had a story of one around the Whitney area back in the 50’s. Whitney is open, we put in at West Lofers day use area ramp last Tuesday. It is in good shape with plenty of parking and easy to use with this strong south wind.

  4. Keith Jones July 24, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

    Hello Ray, we fished Whitney today, I caught 5 bass and a perch. One keeper size maybe 3 lbs. Fished lower end mainly Big Rocky, Started about 7:30 and loaded up about 3 pm. I had all our fish, My Partner is still Skunked. All T-Rigs. Miss you and Mary. Maybe see you on the lake some day. Keith