to Fishing 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
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.
Largemouth Bass Fishing
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.
Striped Bass Fishing
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.
Popular Texas Fishing Species
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.