Fishing at O.H. Ivie Lake
O.H. Ivie Lake is known for good catfish, crappie, and white bass fishing. Standing timber makes up most of the cover in the reservoir. Because thousands of acres of flooded mesquite, oak, and juniper trees remain in the reservoir basin, these species are not often cleared before the lake was impounded.
Saltcedars also make up a large part of fish cover. Hydroilla and native vegetation grow in the main part of the lake and is spreading up the Colorado River and Concho River arms. Throughout the reservoir a majority of the structure is comprised of rock. Mud flats dominate the river arms.
If you're looking for sunfish, the pull is quite poor. However, you will have much better luck with other species. Both largemouth and smallmouth bass are a fair catch in the lake. You're best catches will come from catfish, crappie, and white bass, as these are in abundance.
Proline Fishing Tips
Bait fishing is used to catch largemouth bass around aquatic vegetation and standing timber. Floating jigs or soft plastics in the Saltcedar is another effective bass technique. Fish of trophy-size are caught on Carolina-rigged plastic worms, minnows and water dogs fished off deep drop-offs and humps (20+ feet). Using both live and cut bait, catfish are being caught all over the reservoir. Fishing for crappie is usually best at night. In the main part of the reservoir near the dam, most white bass fishing is done by trolling crank baits.