Fishing Lake Texoma is like wetting a line in a national treasure.
Lake Texoma is on the Texas-Oklahoma border and is one of the largest reservoirs in the United States. In this case, large amounts of water means large amounts of fish.
The lake is formed by the Denison Dam located on the Red River, which runs between Oklahoma and Texas.
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Lake Texoma sees approximately 6 million visitors per year, making it an incredibly popular destination for fishing and recreation.
The reservoir gets its water from both the Red River and the Washita River, along with several other smaller sources such as Big Mineral Creek.
Depending on the time of year, the lake is normally around 615 to 619 feet high. It is currently a little low, sitting at around 611 feet.
Something cool about this lake is that there are islands accessible only by water transportation. With Dallas only an hour south of the lake, it is a popular place for families and people of all types.
There are at least twelve marinas in Lake Texoma, and recreational activity is in abundance. It boasts two wildlife refuges, a few parks and plenty of space for fishing, boating, sailing, picnicking, wind surfing and water skiing.
All of the fishery resources are controlled by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. These bodies control the stocking, which means there is almost always a good amount of fish to be caught.
Species to expect include largemouth, spotted, white and striped bass, crappie, several types of catfish, American gizzard shad, freshwater drum, carp and carpsucker. That is just to name a few. The average bass caught in this lake will measure about 12 to 20 pounds.
There are several sites for camping located around the lake. Both public and private camping spots are available, so load up the family and enjoy one of the final weekends of summer fishing and water fun at Lake Texoma.