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Exploring The Best Fishing Lakes In Texas

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Guide to the top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in TX.

By AA-Fishing Staff Writers

Alan Henry Reservoir, Choke Canyon Reservoir, Falcon Reservoir, O.H. Ivie Lake, Lake Buchanan, Lake Conroe, Lake Fork, Lake Lyndon B Johnson, Lake Palestine, Lake Somerville, Lake Texoma, Meredith Reservoir, Ray Roberts Lake, Sam Rayburn Reservoir and Toledo Bend are among the most popular places for fishing in TX, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species. See West Texas fishing boat rentals, Central Texas fishing boat rentals and East Texas fishing boat rentals.

  • Alan Henry Reservoir, TX
  • Amistad Reservoir, TX
  • Champion Creek Lake, TX
  • Choke Canyon Reservoir, TX
  • Falcon Reservoir, TX
  • Lake Buchanan, TX
  • Lake Conroe, TX
  • Lake E V Spence, TX
  • Lake Fork, TX
  • Lake J B Thomas, TX
  • Lake Lyndon B Johnson, TX
  • Lake Nasworthy, TX
  • Lake Palestine, TX
  • Lake Somerville, TX
  • Lake Texoma, TX
  • Meredith Reservoir, TX
  • O C Fisher Reservoir, TX
  • O.H. Ivie Lake, TX
  • Oak Creek Reservoir, TX
  • Ray Roberts Lake, TX
  • Sam Rayburn Reservoir, TX
  • Toledo Bend, TX
  • Twin Buttes Reservoir, TX
  • White River Reservoir, TX

The purpose of this page is to share information about the best fishing lakes in the state, listed by species.

Texas boasts a diverse range of fishing lakes across its vast landscape, catering to anglers of all preferences. In East Texas, anglers can explore lakes like Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Toledo Bend Reservoir, and Caddo Lake. These lakes offer exceptional warm water fishing opportunities, with species such as largemouth bass, crappie, catfish, and sunfish abundant in their waters. East Texas lakes are known for their scenic beauty, abundant vegetation, and ample cover, providing a rich ecosystem for a variety of fish species.

Moving towards Central Texas, anglers can indulge in the fishing offerings of lakes like Lake Travis, Lake LBJ, and Lake Belton. These warm water lakes are renowned for their bass fishing, with largemouth bass being the primary target. Anglers can also find catfish, crappie, and sunfish in these waters, offering a well-rounded fishing experience. Central Texas lakes are popular among both recreational anglers and tournament fishermen, attracting enthusiasts from all around.

In the vast expanse of West Texas, anglers can discover lakes such as Amistad Reservoir, Lake Meredith, and O.H. Ivie Reservoir. These warm water lakes provide opportunities to catch a variety of species, including largemouth bass, catfish, and sunfish. West Texas lakes offer unique angling experiences, with stunning desert landscapes and wide-open waters adding to the allure of fishing in this region.

When it comes to cold water fishing, Texas has lakes to satisfy anglers' desires as well. Inks Lake and Canyon Lake, located in the Texas Hill Country, are known for their cold water fishing opportunities. Inks Lake offers trout fishing, with rainbow trout being stocked during the winter months. Canyon Lake provides anglers with the chance to catch white bass, in addition to catfish and sunfish. These cold water lakes offer a refreshing change of pace for those seeking a different angling experience.

Overall, Texas offers a wealth of fishing opportunities across its diverse lakes. Whether it's the warm water lakes of East Texas and Central Texas teeming with bass, catfish, and sunfish, or the cold water lakes in the Texas Hill Country providing trout and white bass fishing, there is something for every angler's taste. Exploring these lakes not only provides a chance to reel in prized species but also allows one to immerse in the natural beauty and serenity that Texas has to offer.

Bass Lakes

Amistad Reservoir, Brady Creek Reservoir, Cedar Creek Reservoir, Falcon Lake, Gibbons Creek Reservoir, Grapevine Lake, Granger Lake, Lake Alan Henry, Lake Conroe, Lake Fork Reservoir, Lake Houston, Lake Lewisville, Lake Murvaul, Lake O the Pines, Lake Texoma, Lake Tyler, Lavon Lake, Ray Roberts Lake and Toledo Bend are considered among the best options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Catfish Lakes

Choke Canyon Reservoir, Falcon Lake, Hubbard Creek Reservoir, Lake Houston, Lake Lewisville, Lake Livingston, Lake Nacogdoches, Lake Tawakoni, Lake Texana, Lake Texoma, Possom Kingdom Lake, Richland Chambers Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir and Twin Buttes Reservoir are just some of the favorite options for channel, blue and flathead catfish. More...

Crappie Lakes

Lake Fork Reservoir, Lake O the Pines, Lake Somerville, Lake Striker, Lake Tawakoni, Lake Texana, Ray Roberts Lake, Richland Chambers Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir and Stamford Reservoir are some of the most popular for black and white crappie. More...

Sunfish & Panfish Lakes

While virtually all TX lakes have sunfish, Cado Lake, Lake Conroe, Lake Fork, Lake Texoma, Meredith Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir and Toledo Bend are a good choice to fish for bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Walleye Lakes

Lake Meredith and White River Reservoir are two major lakes offering walleye fishing. More...

Trout Lakes

Lake Corpus Christi, Lake Meredith and Lake Travis are the primary, large lake options for trout fishing in TX. More...

Striped Bass Lakes

Amistad Reservoir, Lake Athens, Braunig Lake, Lake E.V. Spence, Lake Conroe, Lake Livingston, Lake Lyndon B Johnson, Lake Texoma, Lake Walter E. Long, Possom Kingdom Lake and Toledo Bend are among the best options for striped bass and hybrid striped bass. More...

Visit the Texas fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and destinations in the state. Visit the Texas map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations.


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