San Antonio – Anglers unfamiliar with South Texas might be surprised to learn that coastal red drums, commonly known as rockfish, can be caught in two freshwater lakes near San Antonio.
Game fish seeds breed on both Lake Calavera and Lake Braunig, just minutes from the city center. The temptation to catch these powerful fish close to home draws people to the lake year round.
Oscar Castillo, who runs the San Antonio-based nonprofit Fin Addict Angler Foundation, says the two reservoirs are Redfish’s primary real estate.
“Lake Braunich is a bit small, but Lake Calaveras is a great radiator mount for the CPS power plant,” he said. “For 85% of the year, this water is hot because it is a great cooling system for the plant.”
He says salt deficiency is also a factor. The goldfish in these lakes do not reproduce.
“Because they don’t reproduce, they grow twice as fast, so these rockfish grow really fast because of the hot water and lack of salt,” Castillo added.
See: The Fin Addict Angler Foundation offers a free fishing clinic on Saturdays
Local fishing guides from Red Dawg Yak Fishing and 3rd Degree Fishing have confirmed that the minimum length for goldfish harvesting from Calavera and Lake Braunig is 20 inches. The daily limit is 3 per person.
Adults need a fishing license, but Texas Parks & Wildlife does not require red drum tags caught in these lakes.
How many goldfish are there? In 2018, Texas Parks & Wildlife reported raising more than 200,000 juveniles on Lake Calaveras. This is the second version of the year and the state distributes it regularly to both lakes.
Most anglers and women I speak of are lucky enough to be able to catch local goldfish using the chrome “Rat-L-Trap” lure. Golden chrome is the hottest color for this summer. Rat-L-Traps are widely available from Wal-Mart, Academy and Bass Pro.
Lake Calavera and Lake Braunig are also home to canals and blue catfish, hybrid striped bass, and largemouth bass.
Good luck, or because we fishermen want to call it a “tight line”.
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Coastal goldfish breed in two freshwater lakes near San Antonio
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