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Lake Information for Medina Lake


Medina Lake is a reservoir on the Medina River in the Texas Hill Country of the United States. It is operated by the Bexar/Medina/Atascosa County Agricultural District and was impounded in 1913 to provide irrigation water for local agricultural use. Lake Medina is in northeastern Medina County, and southeastern Bandera County, about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of San Antonio. It is a crescent-shaped reservoir running west to east. It is 18 miles (29 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide at its broadest point. It is contained by the Medina Dam at the lake's south end. The lake is fed by and discharges back into the Medina River, and serves both recreational and irrigation uses. Communities located along the lake are Mico, Lake Medina Shores and Lakehills.

There is also a Lake Medina east of Medina, Ohio in Medina County, Ohio which recently became a county park.

Facilities and Parks: 

Red Cove Camp
* Located in the town of Mico off FM 1283
* Two-lane concrete ramp, usable when lake level is 30 feet or above. During low water, boats may launch from gravel bank.
* Fee required
* Open all year
* Privately operated (210) 612-2715

Park Road 37
* Located at the end of Park Road 37 in Plum Creek Cove
* Concrete ramp, usable when lake is near conservation pool level. At low water levels, boats may launch from gravel bank.
* Fee required
* Open all year, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
* Operated by Bandera County

Pop's Place

* Located between Pipe Creek and Lakehills, off FM 1283 on Alamo Beach Road
* Two-lane concrete ramp
* Fee required
* Open all year
* Privately operated (830) 535-4366

Fishing Description: 

Medina Lake has been stocked with species of fish intended to improve the utility of the reservoir for recreational fishing. Fish present in Medina Lake include largemouth bass, white bass, hybrid striped bass, and catfish.

Angling Opportunities
Largemouth bass are always a favorite of many anglers. Smallmouth bass can be found around rocky outcrops. The hybrid striped bass population is currently very good in the reservoir, with many keeper-sized fish ready to strike. Quality white bass are present in small numbers and can be caught using small spoons or shad imitating jigs off open water points. There are also good numbers of sizable channel and blue catfish in the 2-5 pound range with a few much bigger.

Fishing Cover/Structure
Medina Lake has a variety of coves, rocky outcrops, and tributary creek beds.

Fishing Tips, Tactics, How-To info: 

For largemouth bass, try fishing deep drop-offs near points in the warmer months using jigs or shad imitating lures. Smallmouth bass can be found around rocky outcrops using crawfish-colored crankbaits and jigs. Hybrid striped bass have been concentrating around open water points and humps and in deep water near the dam. Troll spoons or rattle traps in deep water with down-riggers or use chicken liver for bait. White bass can be caught using small spoons or shad imitating jigs off open water points. Look for schools breaking the surface and throw topwater lures past the school and drag your lure through with a fast retrieve. For catfish, use chicken liver, blood bait, or shad in deep coves that have feeder creeks (even if the creeks are not currently flowing).

Directions to Lake: 

Located approximately 23 miles southeast of Bandera, Texas. State Highway 16 east to Pipe Creek and then F.M. 1283 south.

Largemouth Bass
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Striped Bass
White Bass
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Businesses Located Nearby

Bait & Tackle

    Jim's Rebait Tackle Shop
  • 12451 Park Road 37 - Lakehills, TX
  • (830) 751-2749
    Pokey's Bait Tackle & Bar
  • 9260 Fm-78, #C - Converse, TX
  • (210) 658-9060
    Pokey's Bait & Bar
  • 5111 Casa Oro St - San Antonio, TX
  • (210) 590-4546

Boat Rental

Vacation Rental

    Brand New Hill Country Cabins Vacation Rentals
  • 334 Sisterdale Rd - Boerne, TX
  • (210) 602-8881

Bar and Restaurant

    Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant
  • 849 E Commerce St, #109 - San Antonio, TX
  • (210) 226-7171

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