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Uncover the Best Techniques and Lures for Catching Summer Bass at O. H. Ivie Reservoir in Texas

Heading to O. H. Ivie Reservoir with top rated tackle and techniques for the summer bass fishing season will help make your time on the water a success.

Smack dab in the middle of the Great State of Texas, Northwest of San Antonio, O.H. Ivie Reservoir is rapidly becoming one of the most popular bodies of water for catching a monster largemouth. O.H. Ivie is a 19,000-acre Reservoir with a maximum depth of about 120 feet.  One of the consistently deepest pools on O.H. Ivie is near the regulated 3-mile dam where the water is about 105 feet deep.

The Reservoir is managed by the Colorado River Municipal Water District who manages the water level with an approximate fluctuation of about 6-10 feet throughout the year.  Concho Park Marina remains a popular launching point and source of information.  Lately, anglers are reporting some of the largest largemouth bass being caught consistently making O.H. Ivie one of the top destinations for anglers. As a result, it’s important to find quality fishing reports of the top technique and tackle to make sure you can locate and land one of these fish of a lifetime.

The O.H. Ivie Reservoir has become one of the southern states' most talked about river impoundments. It is now well known as a top largemouth bass fishery in Texas but also contains other species. Due to its surprising depths (up to 120 feet) it contains a common cold water bass species in the smallmouth variety. White bass, crappie, catfish and panfish can also be found in the Reservoir.

O.H. Ivie has a combination of a rocky bottom in the main parts of the Reservoir while the creek arms contain a softer mud flat. You can see these transitions on your depth finder as you navigate. When the area was clear cut to create the Lake, the sumps and trees were not cleared completely before flooding so the standing, flooded timber remains and provides great cover for baitfish and predators like Largemouth bass. Native and invasive submerged plants that include hydrilla are a common hiding and feeding ground for fish populations. Saltcedar can be found on the shores and as emergent vegetation throughout O.H. Ivie and are a common structure holding bass throughout the year.

Anglers can expect good clarity in the main sections of the Reservoir with reduced visibility in the shallower creek arms. Omnia Fishing rates the water clarity on the higher end as a 3 of 10, where 10 is cloudy, low visibility conditions.

Best O.H. Ivie Fishing Reports and Lures for Catching Largemouth Bass in the Summer

When it comes to catching largemouth bass on O.H. Ivie in the summer and breaking down the lake from fishing reports on Omnia Fishing, we consider the seasonal movement of the fish as the water gets much warmer. Bass begin navigating to cooler, deep or shaded areas as Texas moves into summer patterns. Anglers reported finding bass near deep rock piles in the center of the Reservoir, off points and suspended near brush piles that could be located on a graph.  Commonly, bass were found on these structures in 10-20 feet of water.

When it comes to catching largemouth bass on O.H. Ivie in the summer and breaking down the lake from fishing reports on Omnia Fishing, we consider the seasonal movement of the fish as the water gets much warmer. Bass begin navigating to cooler, deep or shaded areas as Texas moves into summer patterns. Anglers reported finding bass near deep rock piles in the center of the Reservoir, off points and suspended near brush piles that could be located on a graph.  Commonly, bass were found on these structures in 10-20 feet of water.

Gold level ambassador Mike Weddel reported a number of outings on O.H. Ivie with pictures to demonstrate his success finding big bass. He used a number of techniques depending on the structure and depth of the summer bass pattern. Mike found bass suspended on brush piles in 10-20 feet of water during the hottest parts of the summer heat and caught them with a Texas rigged Berkley PowerBait MaxScent 4 inch Creature Hawg in Green Pumpkin. He pitched and flipped this rig into the areas that held deep brush piles. The relative high visibility in the water supports the use of natural color patterns for baits.

  • Species

    Largemouth Bass

  • Season

    Summer

  • Technique

    Texas Rigs (Pitch/Flip)

  • Structure

    Brush Piles

Largemouth bass were good during the hottest part of the day flipping brush in 10-20’ of water.

In a separate outing, Mike suggested using a Carolina rig and targeting rock piles in deep main-lake areas using a 6 inch Zoom Brush Hog in Green Pumpkin.  His favorite Carolina weight is the Woo! Tungsten Carolina Rig Barrel Weight in 3/4 ounce.

  • Species

    Largemouth Bass

  • Season

    Summer

  • Technique

    Carolina Rigs

  • Structure

    Rock Pile

Deep diving crankbaits tend to produce lunkers in the main, deep areas of the lake off of points in the summer. Top reported lures for deep diving crankbaits in greater than 13 feet of water include the 6th Sense Cloud 9 C25 Crankbait.  Anglers report a wide range of sizes from 3.5 inches to 3.75 inches and a wide range of colors from Shad Sense to Blue-Truese. The top Omnia Hotbait for deep diving crankbaits was the 3.75 inch 6th Sense C25 in Shad Sense.

  • Species

    Largemouth Bass

  • Season

    Summer

  • Technique

    Crankbaits 13'+

  • Structure

    Points

Local locals have filed several fishing reports on Omnia Fishing’s O.H Ivie Reservoir lake page. A wide range of techniques found success in the summer and other seasons. Bluegill were again reported as the top forage base during the summer and fall.

For more details about fishing O.H. Ivie for largemouth bass in the summer or other seasons you can visit the O.H. Ivie Omnia lake page where you can sort by season and other popular species in the lake:

You can also get more ideas about popular lakes in the area and baits and techniques mentioned in similar lakes by visiting the Texas state page at Omnia Fishing.