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Top 10 Kayak Lakes for Bass Fishing in Texas

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Want to know what the Top 10 kayak lakes are for bass fishing in Texas? Here you go. Just keep it quiet, okay?

A fisherman hardly shares his secrets, but you could probably use a few new fishing spots if you’re in Texas, right?

1. Belton

A winding lake made from the Leon River, Belton is home to a large diversity of species and water type. Far north on the lake the water is muddy with boulders in mid to shallow depth. The southern part of the lake is clear, deep and full of smallmouth.

The down side of this lake is the lack of standing timber. It has timber, but 99 percent of the time, it is submerged in 30 feet of water or more. As kayak lakes go, the winding river adds to the ability to hide from wind from any direction which isn’t always a given.

2. Walter E. Long

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Also known as Decker, this lake is lined with bulrushes and can be great at times of the year. It is full of three to four pound fish and for those who are after numbers this is one of the best kayak lakes. Some larger fish do live there but fishing deep in the reeds is required for that jackpot.

It’s a power plant lake as well so warm water is available pretty much year round. The biggest knock on this lake is the entry fee. If you go on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, it’s $10.

3. Bastrop

Fish are hungry all year and numbers of catches can reach the triple digits during certain times of the year. The hardest part of fishing Bastrop is its openness and limited launches. If the wind is blowing, a pedal kayak is your friend. For first time visitors, try launching at the North Ramp. As with many of these kayak lakes, reeds are prevalent.

4. Toledo Bend

If you like to fish many different types of structure and don’t want a lake that is overcrowded with boats, try Toledo Bend. While a lot of people fish Toledo, many of its coves are just too stumpy for many boats to explore. From docks to lily pads to timber and rocks, the big bass habitat at Toledo is one you should check out.

5. Winnsboro

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Chris Payne

Often overlooked, this gem located just 15 minutes from Fork is setup wonderfully for kayak fishing. The small parks scattered along the lake make for great launch points. The many coves also make it easy to get out of the wind. Some of my favorite days have been on Winnsboro. Of all the kayak lakes on this list, this is the least busy lake.

6. Fayette County

Near La Grange, this power plant lake offers four to six pound bass pretty readily. Fish the bulrushes in the morning and move out deeper as the sun gets up. The largest fish I’ve hooked and fought but not landed was at Fayette.  I still have nightmares of that beast jumping three times and spitting my hook. I know where she lives and I will get her.

7. Purtis Creek

The first kayak tournament I ever fished was on Purtis Creek. This is an electric motor only lake, full of trees and perfect for kayaking. A paddler can cover the entire lake fishing in a day if desired and almost everyone can catch fish. The secret jewel is night fishing under the lights.

8. Fork

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Chris Payne

The one time bass mecca of Texas, Fork is home to some giant bass. Knowing that, you’ll understand that you are rarely alone in a spot on this lake. Bass boats fly by and the water is full of timber so keep your head on a swivel. The wind can howl here as well so finding a cove to hide in may be necessary.

9. Naconiche

This East Texas gem has only been open a handful of years but is already garnering some national attention. If timber fishing is your thing, bring a heavy action rod, some thick braid and get to work.

Naconiche is a little off the beaten path so make sure you make arrangements for food and lodging. Luckily there are some cabins that can be rented. If you are interested, a guide service is also available.

10. Lady Bird

With Barton Spring helping the water temps regulate year round, Lady Bird is my favorite place to kayak fish. The only power boats allowed are the rowing coaches’ boats (which is still weird). You can put in big power boats but they can only be powered by an electric trolling motor. Rowers can be oblivious so go early and late. Night fishing is a blast and bass fishing is good year round.



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