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Lake Buchanan

Lake Buchanan is a reservoir in Texas that was created in 1939 with the building of the Buchanan Dam on the Colorado River in Central Texas from 1931 to 1938. It is managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority, and supplies central Texas with both water and hydroelectric power. Lake Buchanan is the largest and the first of the Texas Highland Lakes.

Lake Buchanan Fishing

Fishing on Lake Buchanan includes largemouth bass, sand bass (white bass), catfish and striped bass. Most notably Buchanan is known as a great fishing lake for catfish, striper and sandies. The record striper is 27.8 pounds and 41", caught by Thomas E. Floyd in 1990. The lake record catfish is a 65.2 pound blue cat caught by Destinee Love in 2008. The lake also contains Guadalupe bass, flatheads and channel cats, gar, drum, crappie, hybrids and of course sunfish. As a part of the Colorado River system, it is also a popular fly fishing lake.

Lake Buchanan has been stocked with Florida-strain largemouth bass as recently as 2016. It has been stocked regularly with striped bass since the 1970's, with millions of fish introduced to the lake over the decades. The only special fishing regulations outside of the state's regulations are for bow fishing. The east side of the lake and near the dam is rocky, offering many ledges, rock piles and steep banks to fish. The west side is more of a typical Texas flat land reservoir, with intermittent submerged brush to fish. As with most lakes, spring time is best for bass fishing. Sandies and stripers move up the Colorado River as it begins to warm in late winter or early spring for the spawn. Catfish can be found throughout the lake.

Lake Buchanan Info

Lake Buchanan is over 22,000 acres in surface area, with depths reaching 130 feet at full pool. As part of a series of flood management lakes, the lake level can fluctuate considerably, especially in periods in drought. As flood control though, this lake is not permitted to flood.

Although much of the lakeshore is privately owned by residents and rental cabins, access to Lake Buchanan is available through several parks, marinas and recreation areas. Lake Buchanan is a very popular weekend and vacation lake due to the number of lake rentals available with water access.

Visitors to Lake Buchanan can enjoy some of the perks that Texas Hill Country has to offer, such as the oldest winery in Hill Country, Fall Creek Winery.

Lake Buchanan History

Lake Buchanan was named for Congressman James P. Buchanan, who was primarily responsible in securing the funding to build the dam and thus the lake, but died in 1937 before the lake's completion.

Lake Buchanan occupies both Burnet and Llano counties in Central Texas, known for beautiful terrain, wide open spaces and bountiful wildlife. This area is also a great place to visit in the spring time for the stunningly beautiful wildflower bloom of Texas Bluebonnets and red Indian Paintbrush flowers.

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