BassWestUSA - Spring, 2012, Page 62

Elite Series Angler Keith Combs is a part time guide in Florida specializing in Sam Rayburn and Lake Falcon. - photo by Ricky Bosford

Choke Canyon, near Three Rivers, TX, has a similar history to O.H. Ivie: a smattering of 13-plus pound bass from 1990- 2007, followed by six in 2009 and one in 2010. Choke Canyon was impounded in 1982 and has a surface area of 25,670 acres at full pool, but an examination of annual water levels from the US Geological Services website shows significant drops in water levels with a resurgence beginning in 2003. Us- ing Farooqi’s model of 8-10 years for a spawning class to reach 13 pounds, something special could be building beneath the surface of Choke Canyon. Scenic Lake Amistad, on the Texas border, is also prone to dra- matic water fluctuations. Amistad produced its first ShareLunker entry in 1990, with a second fish in 2000. Four bass of 13-pounds or greater were entered into the program during 2005-06 season, including the current lake record of 15.68 pounds. After dropping off to a single entry for 2007 and 2008, respectively, Amistad con- tributed four trophies to the TPWD program in 2010. Lake Falcon, another border lake long known as being load- ed with big bass, has never been a consistent contributor to the ShareLunker program’s 13 pound threshold; however, a big bass storm is primed to erupt on the reservoir, with a new lake record of 15.63 pounds caught in January of 2011. Water levels rose again after a period of significantly low water during the early 2000’s and combined with the already healthy base of Florida- strain bass in the reservoir, the storm of the century may be brewing along the brush lines of Falcon. The approaching clouds bode well for anglers willing to make the long journey deep into south Texas! BWU



Spring 2012