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Fishing At Cooper Lake

AKA: Jim Chapman Lake and Cooper Reservoir

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Fishing for largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, white bass, hybrid striped bass and bowfin at Jim Chapman Lake in East Texas.

Known for dandy white bass and hybrid striped bass fishing, Cooper Lake (Jim Chapman Lake) is a 19,000-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Cooper, TX. Crappie, catfish, big bluegill, largemouth bass and bowfin also reside in these waters. Fall and summer are good times to pursue schooling white bass and hybrid stripers, as they chase schools of bait fish around points and submerged structure. In both warmer and cooler weather the bait moves deeper and the predator fish follow. Boat launch ramps on the northeast and southeast corners of the lake facilitate launching pleasure boats, pontoon boats, fishing boats and kayaks or canoes. Numerous areas around the lake provide access to sections of the 31 miles of shoreline available for fishing from the bank.

Primary fish species residing in Cooper Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Blue catfish Black crappie White crappie Bluegill White Bass Hybrid Striped Bass Bowfin

Jim Chapman Lake Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: NO
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: NEARBY

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Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Cooper Lake State Park - Doctors Creek Unit Campground - 903 395-3100

Cooper Lake State Park - South Sulphur Unit Campground - 903 945-5256

Cooper Lake TX Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Jim Chapman Lake
Cooper Lake State Park
Doctors Creek Unit
1664 FM 1529 South
Cooper, TX 75432
903 395-3100

South Sulphur Unit
1690 FM 3505
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
903 945-5256

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Jim Chapman Lake offers abundant crappie, white bass and hybrid striped bass fishing in East TX.

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