Lake Travis is famous for being the cleanest lake in all of Texas, and people flock from around the world to spend time on this Hill Country gem.

Many folks spend time on Lake Travis being social, but it has always been a popular lake for catching catfish, sunfish, various bass species, and even crappie. This gorgeous lake is nearly 200 feet deep at its lowest point and when full can hold nearly 627 billion gallons of water when it has filled into its spillway elevation.

It’s time to snag a fishing boat rental on Lake Travis, y’all!

Pro Tip: We Have The Best Fishing Boat Rentals on Lake Travis

This area is well known for limestone cliffs and clear water, but don’t let anyone tell you it’s “crystal clear”. That’s not a local writing that – it’s not the Carribean, it’s a Texas lake.

It’s clear, but you can’t see 200 feet to some sandy blue bottom with rainbow critters seeking Dory. What you can do is snag some serious bass – the Lake Travis size record for striped bass is 42 inches. Whoa.

There are great places to fish right off of the shore, but you know that you’ll need to head out to the deeper waters for some of the more desirable species (and to avoid the jet skis). Rent a boat with Lone Star Party Boats! We aren’t exclusively for bachelorette parties on Devil’s Cove, our owner, Captain Beau has fished all over the world!

Consider a Lake Travis boat rental – let our professional captains make your next fishing outing not just simplified, but extremely comfortable.

What Kind of Fish Are in Lake Travis?

The glorious part of fishing on Lake Travis is that it can be done year round.

  • Largemouth bass
  • Guadalupe bass
  • White bass & striped bass
  • Catfish
  • Sunfish

We’re best known for largemouth bass (best results during spring and fall months), and while they’re plentiful, they do tend to run slightly smaller than other parts of the nation, given the geography. You’ll find them along the dramatic underwater drop-offs (our captains can help you find the best spots, of course).

Kid fishing on the edge of a lake

TPW recommends avoiding bass fishing in our area in June, July, and August, but in the spring and fall, you’ll succeed with suspended jerkbaits, jumping minnows, pop-r’s, zara spooks, or double willowleaf spinnerbaits with metal flake blades.

Spring months are popular for sight fishing for spawning bass, and winter is a great time to catch white bass and striped bass. keeps a comprehensive fishing report so you know what’s going on at any given time, so that’s helpful for planning.

Texas Parks & Wildlife also offers detailed insights on LT conditions and useful bait tips.

Fishing Regulations You Should Know About

Like anywhere in America, you’ll likely need a fishing license before you get started, so plan ahead. Licenses can be obtained online (the State charges an extra $5 processing fee), or at an offline retailer (like some Academy, Walmart, and HEB locations).

If you’ve lived in Texas for at least six months, you’ll get a Resident Fishing License, otherwise, you’ll get a Non-Resident fishing license. Your license will arrive in 7-10 days with standard delivery, but you can always print your receipt or save an image of it since fishing on Lake Travis does not require tags.

The exceptions are anyone under the age of 17, anyone born before January 1, 1931, for example, any Oklahoma resident over the age of 65, and any senior citizen from Louisiana with an active fishing license.

If this all sounds too complicated, remember that you can always just get a One Day All Water Fishing License for $11 (as of publication).

We would be honored to host you for a successful fishing trip. Our boats on Lake Travis are the highest quality fishing boat rentals around. Our captains promise to laugh if you use the ol’ dad joke, “what do you call a good fisherman?” (and we’ll let you Google the punchline if you don’t already know this classic).