Initial Post: 10/15/2009
For those of you tired of fishing manicured ponds right outside your back door and are looking for more adventure, a la Huck Finn, this is the spot for you! Bedias Lake(not to be confused with Lake Bedias near college station) is located within the George Mitchell Preserve on the North Side of Spring Creek. There is limited parking with a trail head between Falconwing and Gosling on Flint Ridge. There is a map at the entrance, but the trail is one big loop with an offshoot that takes you to Bedias Lake. Keep walking until you see a post with an arrow pointing to Bedias lake. It is about a half mile trek down a well maintained trail. A little bushwhacking past the lake and you will hit Spring Creek. As with any natural area in south-east Texas keep an eye out for various critters. Also, please bring a trash bag with you on your trip out to the lake as there are not many trash cans within the interior of the preserve. Some of our angling friends seem to think that bait containers, fishing line, and beer cans somehow add value to the preserve. Please pack out what you bring in and if so inclined pick up after others. There is a trashcan at the parking lot.
Bedias Lake is fairly small, perhaps 200-250 yards in length and 50 yards across. The lake does not appear be "managed" and is left up to nature to take care of things. Those of you used to fishing Woodlands ponds will immediately notice that the typical sculpted bank, lined with St. Augistine and carefully placed cypress trees does not exist here. Instead, the bank is rather steep, often muddy or overgrown with reeds and palmettos. There are a couple of spots which have been cleared and some others where fisherman braver than I am have flattened the tall grasses along the bank. There are several trees which overhang or have fallen into the lake. This of course provides some excellent structure and a number of lost lures and bobbers.
I worked my way around about 50% of the bank and was only able to find 6-8 places to make a decent cast. I had the best luck in the North-West corner where a natural drainage channel dumps into the lake. The bass was the only bite I received in 45 minutes of fishing and he was only a few feet off the bank(didn't have a chance). The lake was very muddy today and all I was fishing was a 6 inch green plastic worm. There was a fair amount of surface action while I was fishing and I was kicking myself for not bringing a buzz or crank bait along. As muddy as the water was, I was surprised the bass was able to hit my worm.
I did some research on this one before making the trek. Apparently, it holds catfish, bass(confirmed!), and gar. Would not be surprised if there was a bowfin in here as well. Look forward to learning more about this lake for a return trip. Please share your experiences with Bedias Lake!