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5 Texas Hill Country Waterways Perfect for an Angler-Paddler

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For almost a 40-mile span downstream from the Possum Kingdom Dam on the Brazos River is a series of shallows and pools filled with catfish, sunfish and bass, interspersed with rocky areas and far-reaching bends, diverse wildlife, and small islands. With 20 miles between its access points, this fishing/paddling trip will require a minimum one-night camping stay on one of these many islands. Its ecosystem, habitat and landscape will amaze even the most seasoned paddler and the fishing is incomparable for avid anglers.

5. Nueces River

The Nueces River outside Camp Wood, Texas, on State Highway 55.


The upper Nueces River in Real and Uvalde counties near Camp Wood can be shallow, rocky and is often nearly dry which of course makes it tough to paddle most summers. But when water levels are up, the river’s pools a wealthy with sunfish, largemouths and Guadalupe bass in numbers that will astound you. A paradise for fly-fishers, the upper Nueces is a day-trip with easy access. All land along the river is privately owned except for a couple of public campgrounds, so ensure you plot your overnight in one of the areas where it’s permitted.

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