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Brazos River

The Brazos River is one of the largest that runs through Texas, supplying multiple lakes with water. Running through the Palo Pinto Mountains of Texas is one of the most pristine sections though with a large range of fish to catch as well.

Location, Accessibility, and Landscape

The Brazos River is the 11th longest in the United States, starting in New Mexico as it runs through Texas to the Gulf of Mexico. There are multiple locations to put in at and take out at on the Brazos River, but one in particular that I like to visit is off of Texas 16. There is room for a couple cars to park off the side of the road on a rough concrete pad, with an old boat ramp that leads to the river banks, although the boat ramp is a little bit of a waste considering the shallow depths of the Brazos River in areas.

You are approximately a mile from the spillway of Lake Possum Kingdom, so there is some room to go upstream, although I would suggest going downstream and then coming back. If you are not in very good shape you might need to use a ramp or possibly try driving down the boat ramp although it is pretty steep.

The landscape is quite beautiful as you are located in the Palo Pinto Mountains with rather clear water. There is a lot of rock, a good amount of sand and a significant amount of trees and vegetation. All in all it is a very scenic river and worth traveling to, just try to make it there early as the sun can really beat down on you.

 

Type of Water, Quality, and Features

The water in Lake Possum Kingdom is considered to be some of the clearest in Texas, so in general the water of the Brazos River below Lake Possum Kingdom is also pretty clear. You will find a lot of rock and sand with some fallen timber in the water. Rocks are the main type of structure you will find though, as the large cliffs often drop some boulders into the water creating another bass hot spot.

Shallow water is pretty common on this section of the Brazos, so be prepared to portage and walk your kayaks through some obstacles, but nothing serious.

 

Nice four pound Largemouth Bass caught on the Brazos River


Fishing Tactics and Tips

There are a lot of bass to catch in this area of the Brazos, as I have personally caught quite a few big bass. Big crank baits work very well as the morning slowly progresses. Be sure to try out some topwater early in the morning though, as it is always a good tactic to get some bites. A Rage Tail Space Monkey works pretty good when the sun comes out. Try a Texas Rig with a light weight if possible, but also experiment with some weightless tactics.

Braided line seems to be the ticket for me, as it provides a lot of options in durability and strength. Spinning rods can be beneficial, but there is really not any severe structure to tempt you to use a baitcasting or spinning. I suggest using a baitcasting as much as possible though, as you are liable to catching some big fish which will require some beefy outfits.

 

Clint Taylor with a massive unofficial record Largemouth Bass for the entire Brazos River - a twelve pound Largemouth Bass


Beautiful Spotted Bass caught on the Brazos River

Beautiful Spotted Bass caught on the Brazos River

Things to Watch out For

The heat is the primary concern for the Brazos River, as temperatures can easily go over 100, but the wind can also be terrible. There are some wild animals that you can see every once in a while, but be cautious of rattlesnakes and scorpions. Besides this, there is not much to be worried about. Just make sure to stay hydrated and put on sun screen.

Some of the extraordinary scenery that you will find on the Brazos River below Possum Kingdom Lake.

Some of the extraordinary scenery that you will find on the Brazos River below Possum Kingdom Lake.


Rainbow Trout caught on the Brazos River below Possum Kingdom Lake.

Rainbow Trout caught on the Brazos River below Possum Kingdom Lake.

Palo Pinto Mountain Range on the Brazos River below Possum Kingdom Lake

Palo Pinto Mountain Range on the Brazos River below Possum Kingdom Lake