If you live in or near Texas, you are in luck. While it is a large state, there are so many quality fishing spots available that you’ll likely have one close by. Over the years, many constructed dams and reservoirs have made thriving fisheries where anglers can choose target species. Additionally, these man-made lakes have also been stocked with sought-after game fish. The natural scenery around these locations offers a stunning fishing spot to share with your family and friends. It is important to know that before fishing in Texas, you will need a Texas fishing license. But, enough said, here are the best fishing spots in Texas.

1. Caddo Lake

A well-known calm and peaceful Texas fishing location, Caddo Lake is popular for its broad variety of fish. There have been a whopping 70 species recorded here. Anglers can catch everything from largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, catfish, and sunfish, to name a few. Caddo Lake has a maximum depth of only 20 feet, with well over half of it being dominated by aquatic vegetation. As such, it’s common for various fish species, to hide just below the surface.

Expanding over an area of 26,800 acres,  Caddo Lake offers plenty of fishing spots for you along the shore or from a boat. There’s no such thing as bad fishing here, with plenty of hungry fish to be hooked at any given time. As one of Texas’ only natural lakes, Caddo Lake is where you can enjoy an afternoon with family and friends. Popular for its various species of bass, you may land a trophy-sized catch at over eight lbs effortlessly on your next trip. 

2. Choke Canyon Reservoir

Located along the Frio River and near Corpus Christi, Choke Canyon Reservoir is a popular Texas fishing spot all year long. This reservoir is bountiful with catfish, crappies, and largemouth bass. Which will surely leave any fisherman with a smile. It’s a busy location, with public parking, picnicking, and shoreline fishing, making it an easy spot for a single-day fishing trip. Even more, the wildlife living along the reservoir includes alligators, hogs, and turkeys, making it a prime destination for nature lovers. Anglers come to Choke Canyon for its notable alligator gar population, further making this an exciting location for anglers. 

3. Lake Texoma

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Well-known for its bass fishing, Lake Texoma is an 89,000 reservoir located at the north end of Texas state; on the border with Oklahoma. Even more, there have even been catfish recorded at over 100 lbs caught here. With quality catches of crappie and bluegill to note as well.  However, there isn’t as much waterline vegetation as reported in other lakes throughout the state. So, it is helpful to search for some rocky banks across the reservoir, where more of the bass and other fish may be hiding.

4. Lake Amistad

Nearly 65,000 acres fed by the Rio Grande, Lake Amistad can be found on the Texas-Mexico border. More so, it provides excellent bass fishing in the spring and fall. Well-known for its rocky shorelines, ledges, and drop-offs all around, this spot is an abundant producer of channel catfish. Lake Amistad is best known as a host lake for many bass competitions that take place approximately every week in the summer. Largemouth bass tends to be the most prominent here, with the ability to catch trophy-sized bass at any given time. Take caution during the winter and summer months, though, as high winds can make fishing all around Lake Amistad fairly challenging.

5. Lake Fork

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Another popular location for big bass in Texas, Lake Fork, is a reservoir covering nearly 28,000 acres about 65 miles east of Dallas. Lake Fork was launched as a premier bass fishing lake in the late 1970s. It was initially stocked with Florida brood bass that were placed in small lakes and ponds. As a result, this lake is at the center of the bass population in Texas regarding the harvest regulations. This included the natural habitat of  Lake Fork and the surrounding area. Thus, the state’s stocking program, saw Lake Fork, produce about 65% of the largest bass caught in the state of Texas. While bass fishing is abundant throughout the state, it is bountiful year-round, both, on your boat and from the docks or banks.

The Best of the Lone Star State

Alas, with these five locations come the best hotspots throughout the state of Texas, with this only being a small snippet. Nevertheless, there are many lakes, rivers, and other fishing locations available across the state. With dozens of man-made reservoirs regularly stocked with fish, you’ll have plenty of access to catch many species anywhere in Texas. No matter where you live, it may only be a short drive or even a walk to the nearest fishing spot for a relaxing day at the reel with a fish on.