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6 Best Lakes in Texas

by Donald Lawson on April 23, 2021

Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Covering 114,500 acres, Sam Rayburn is the second largest lake in Texas behind Toledo Bend. This man made lake was established in 1965 and is fed by the Angelina river. Also, you will find that this lake is great for all kinds of recreation and is one of the best lakes in Texas for fishing.

Sam Rayburn is great for year-round fishing. It's species of fish include largemouth bass, catfish, crappie, white bass, and sunfish. The most popular of these species is the largemouth bass.

Structure and cover are plentiful at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. You will find lots of hydrilla in the warmer months, lily pads, brush piles, logs, standing timber, and floating grass. Most of the lake stays pretty clear through out the year and you can catch bass on the banks, humps, flats, and creek channels.

Sam Rayburn Reservoir dam is located 15 miles north of Jasper, TX.

Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Lake Fork

I have fished Lake Fork once and it seemed pretty hard to catch bass. But, it is the big bass lake of Texas where the state record largemouth bass was caught weighing in at 18.18 pounds. That's huge!

If you want to catch a huge bass, then you need to fish Lake Fork. It is known for producing several fish over 13 pounds because of its restrictive harvest regulations for bass. The best season to catch these monster bass is spring time between February and March during spawning. You will enjoy sight casting for bass on banks in coves, and on the flats.

Some of the structure you will find is submerged timber, hydrilla, docks, points, and brush piles. There is a ton of submerged timber that sits just under the water level, so stay in the boat lanes to avoid hitting any. The species available in Lake Fork are largemouth bass, white bass, catfish, crappie, and sunfish. But, largemouth bass are the most popular species in this lake.

Lake Fork is located 5 miles northwest of Quitman, TX and covers an area of 27,264 acres.

Lake Fork Texas

Caddo Lake

Located on Big Cypress Bayou, Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas. It is split by the Texas-Louisiana border. Caddo lake is also the oldest lake in Texas and boasts one of the largest flooded cypress forests in the Unites States. This a beautiful lake and a must-see.

Largemouth bass are the most popular species in Caddo Lake, but spotted bass, catfish, crappie, white bass, sunfish, and chain pickerel are targeted by anglers also. Plus, Caddo Lake has been the site of hundreds of Big Foot sightings. Fish at your own risk.

Some of the structure in the lake includes submerged cypress trees, giant salvinia, docks, and boat houses. You will see quickly that the lake it mostly covered with vegetation.

Caddo Lake is located on Big Cypress Bayou northeast of Marshall, TX.

Caddo Lake Texas

Falcon Lake

Falcon Lake is an international lake that is located on the Texas-Mexico boarder in South Texas, and is fed by the Rio Grande River. It is known as one of the best largemouth bass lakes in the state.

The best species to fish for here are largemouth bass and catfish. You can find some crappie and white bass but they are scarce. Their populations have decreased due to recent droughts. Spring, fall and winter are the best time to fish for largemouth bass at Falcon Lake.

The area covered is 83,654 acres and it was created in 1954. Structure that you will want to look for is brush piles, points, rock piles, road beds, and humps. Also, look for some hydrilla scattered around.

Falcon Lake is located 40 miles east of Laredo, TX.

Falcon Lake Texas

Lake Amistad

Also located on the Texas-Mexico boarder is Lake Amistad. It offers clear waters and is fed by the Rio Grande River. When fishing here be sure to visit the Amistad National Recreation Area. You will love it's cliffs and beautiful clear waters.

Species to fish for include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, catfish, white bass, and striped bass. Striped bass are stocked yearly to try and increase their population.

Hydrilla is the most common cover for bass. You will also find rock ledges, drop offs, points, flooded timber, and banks to fish. The best times of the year to fish for largemouth bass are spring, fall, and winter.

Lake Amistad covers 64,900 acres and is located 12 miles northwest of Del Rio, TX.

Lake Amistad Texas

Choke Canyon Reservoir

Choke Canyon Reservoir covers 25,670 acres and offers some of the best fishing in Texas. You will find a variety a wildlife here. Watch out for the huge alligators while fishing or during other recreational activities.

You will find several species of fish here. The lake is home to largemouth bass, white bass, crappie, catfish, sunfish, and huge alligator gar.

Largemouth bass are the most popular fish here and you will find them around hydrilla, flooded timber, flats, creek beds, and rocky banks. Also, look for coves and submerged timber.

Choke Canyon Reservoir is located 4 miles west of Three Rivers, TX.

Choke Canyon Texas


Texas is loaded with lakes and reservoirs. The lakes and reservoirs that I have listed are the best in the state for catching some great fish. Plus, they offer other recreation activities for the whole family.