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Texas has over 7,000 square miles of inland waters, and the many lakes and reservoirs throughout the Lone Star State feature great fishing for a variety of species. FishingTexas.US is your source for detailed fishing information on the Top Lakes and Reservoirs in Texas. You can also find the best Texas Fishing Guides, Fishing Lodges, Fishing Charters, Campgrounds, Boat Ramp Locations, Lake Maps and MORE.


Texas Fishing

 

Fishing in Texas is relaxing and fun; that is why it is so popular. Hooking a fish, and perhaps landing it, is the culmination of a process, a learned skill. Successful fishing is knowledge and experience. Some Texas anglers like to specialize, concentrating on one species such as the Largemouth Bass or the Catfish. Others like to fish for anything that's biting. Some people fish from boats, others from shore or off piers. Some use natural baits, while others use artificials. But no matter what species or what method of fishing, there are certain basics: learning where a fish lives in different seasons, its habits, what foods it eats -- logical steps in the strategy to first find fish, then fool them into hitting your line. If you want to become a better fisherman, remember this: To catch fish you have to be fishing where the fish are. And the whereabouts of any particular species will depend on food availability. In other words, you hunt the food and not the fish.


Texas Largemouth Bass Fishing

 

The Largemouth Bass is often the most sought-after fish in Texas waters. It can be caught in all seasons on both natural and artificial baits. The Largemouth Bass tends to inhabit shallow water in spring and fall, deeper water in winter and summer. They like to hang along dropoffs between deep water and shallow, in or near some type of cover. It is also typically most active when water temperature is 65-75 F degrees.

 

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Texas Striped Bass Fishing

 

Striped Bass are a popular catch in Texas waters. They are typically most active from late fall through the winter into spring. Schools of Striped Bass are prowling about in shallow water in cold weather and can be caught on topwater plugs. During the summer, Stripers tend to suspend in deep water, in the coolest water to be found with adequate oxygen. They typically feed early and late in the day, or at night during hot weather.

 

 

Other Popular Texas Fishing Species

 

Smallmouth Bass

The Smallmouth Bass likes deep-sided, rocky, clear lakes and reservoirs; gravel bottoms and cooler water; and fast-flowing rivers in the western part of the state. The Smallmouth Bass is often most active in Texas lakes in spring, fall and early winter. A principal food source is the crayfish.

 

Hybrid Striped Bass

The Hybrid Striper is found in many Texas lakes and reservoirs and is most active from fall through winter and into spring. It normally prowls in schools in search of shad on the surface when the water temperature is cool and suspends in deeper water in the summer. The Hybrid Striped Bass is more inclined to suspend right in underwater timber and also often becomes active at night around lights.

 

Spotted Bass

Native to the Colorado River drainage system and waters eastward, the Spotted Bass prefers the deeper waters of reservoirs and the clearer streams with gravel bottoms where riffles and pools are present. The Spotted Bass likes to feed on crayfish and smaller prey fish and insects. They are typically most active in spring and fall and are known for being strong fighters.

 

Guadalupe Bass

The Guadalupe Bass are often found in the fast-flowing streams and deep reservoirs of central Texas. It tends to hang around steep rocky banks and rock piles instead of near aquatic vegetation. The staple diet of the Guadalupe Bass is crayfish and small prey fish like minnows. These fish are typically most active in spring and fall but they are not inclined to come into shallow water to feed. The most productive baits will often be fished on or near the bottom.

 

White Bass

The White Bass is primarily an inhabitant of large reservoirs in Texas where its principal food, gizzard and threadfin shad, is most abundant. The White Bass spends most of its time in deeper water, but when feeding, particularly early and late in the day during summer and fall, a large school of them can be seen chasing shad at the surface. They can also be very active at night, being attracted to lights on docks and boats, where shad and minnows are feeding on insects.

 

Black Crappie

The Black Crappie can be found in many Texas lakes and reservoirs. It moves into shallow water in the spring to spawn but otherwise is a deep-water fish, doing best in larger bodies of water. It is very cover-oriented; a school of crappies will often gather in and around brush piles, submerged trees and rock piles. Except when spawning, crappies are seldom found in water less than 12 feet deep. Their primary diet is minnows and shad, although adult black crappies feed on more insects and crustaceans than do adult white crappies.

 

Channel Catfish

The Channel Catfish is the most abundant of all the catfishes, and can be found in most Texas lakes and reservoirs. The fish are caught most readily in spring and fall, although they are taken through the summer, especially at night. The Channel Catfish is both a predator and scavenger and will eat just about anything it can find. Commercial stink baits and blood baits are popular with anglers after Channel Catfish.

 

 

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