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Where to Fish in Texas, and What You'll Catch

If you aren't sure where to fish in Texas, here's a guide.

If you're going to fish in the vast amounts of freshwater in Texas, odds are good that you'll be fishing for catfish, largemouth bass, or smaller gamefish, like perch or crappie.

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While Texas's many rivers, reservoirs, and lakes all offer something wonderful, a serious angler is going to want to take advantage of the best the state has to choose from.

In a state as big as Texas, there are more than a few choice spots to choose from. Here are some favorite spots the state has to offer:


  • Toledo Bend Lake in Toledo Bend
  • Caddo Lake near Marshall
  • Amistad Lake in Del Rio
  • Fork Lake near Dallas
  • Choke Canyon Lake in Beeville
  • O.H. Ivie Lake near Paint Rock
  • Meredith Lake near Amarillo
  • Lake Livingston in Livingston
  • Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper
  • Richland-Chambers Reservoir in Dallas


  • Lake Texoma near Denison
  • Lake Tawakomi near Dallas
  • Falcon Reservoir near Laredo
  • Possum Kingdom Lake near Fort Worth
  • Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper
  • Richland-Chambers Reservoir in Dallas
  • Millers Creek Reservoir in Knox City
  • Lake Livingston in Livingston

Perch, crappie, bluegill, etc.

  • Granger Lake in Granger
  • Lake Texana in Edna
  • Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper
  • Lake O' the Pines in Jefferson
  • White Rock Lake in Dallas
  • Ray Roberts Lake in Lewisville
  • Lake Mineral Wells in Mineral Wells
  • Coffee Mill Lake in Decatur
  • Lake Arrowhead in Wichita Falls
  • Stamford Reservoir in Stamford

Beware the swamp weed

Salvinia Molesta, also known as Giant Salvinia, is an invasive species of swamp weed that has ravaged Texas lakes, particularly Caddo Lake.

Though steps have been taken by the Texas Parks and Wildlife service to battle this unwanted species, it remains a danger to your motor. If you see clumps of the weed, try to avoid it and spare yourself a gummed up engine.

After fishing, rinse off your boat to minimize the risk of spreading the weed.

Be doubly cautious of the wildlife

Of course, if the threat of underwater stumps and lake weed gumming up your motor is the worst threat you have to contend with, consider yourself fortunate. Texas lakes and rivers are teeming with all sorts of wildlife to watch out for, and not all of them are the sort of thing you want to catch.


Perhaps the most infamous scourge of the gulf coast are, of course, the alligator.  While placid when left alone, they can be a menace if you come to close, particularly if they sense you are either a threat or are carrying food.  They often float near the surface of the water, easily mistaken for logs.  If you are fishing in east Texas, where they are known to live, proceed with caution.  And, if need be, bring a gun along for protection.


Even more common in the state's lakes, from East Texas to West, are snakes.

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Learn to recognize a threat when it's near. Some of the common venomous snakes you might encounter while freshwater fishing are:

  • Cottonmouth/Water Moccasin
  • Copperhead
  • Rattlesnake
  • Coral snake

Know of other places to fish in Texas that we didn't mention here? There are so many, we could never include them all, so we need your help! Leave a comment with one spot we missed, and we'll compile the best and update the list.

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Where to Fish in Texas, and What You'll Catch