Texas is home to many lakes and rivers, making it a prime destination for fishing. Among the many species of fish native to the Lone Star State is the crappie. Crappie are members of the genus "Pomoxis" and are related to sunfish. Because of the wide distribution of the species throughout North America, crappie have become a popular sportfish for lake fishermen. Texas has several prime lakes where the crappie fishing is excellent. Out-of-state anglers need to get a Texas fishing license. Most sporting goods stores can sell licenses.
Lake Conroe is a lake located near the Sam Houston National Forest in east Texas. Using jigs or the "Spider Rigging" technique for crappies is recommended on the lake. The crappies fluctuate between depths of 10 to 30 feet. Lake Conroe is 21 miles long and covers almost 21,000 acres. Boat rentals are available at the many marinas on the lake. Texas Parks and Wildlife stocks the lake with bass and crappie. Fishing observations and recommendations on the crappie fishing are posted daily at LakeConroe.com/fishing.cfm. For those visiting the area via RV or tent, there are many campgrounds and RV parks along the lake.
Falcon Lake/Falcon Reservoir
Falcon Lake (also known as Falcon Reservoir) is located in the southwest corner of the state, along the Mexican border. The lake is surrounded by mesquite, huisache, wild olive, ebony and cactus native grasses. In addition to the outstanding crappie fishing, the lake has bass, bluegill, striper and catfish. The lake is a state park and has public-access boat launches and docks. It is recommended that boaters use a four-wheel drive vehicle to back the trailers and boat into the waters as the soil can become sandy and loamy. Visitors to the lake need to pay attention to the political boundary lines of the lake and region to make sure there is no crossing into Mexico or fishing in Mexican waters without proper licenses and permits. A Texas fishing license is required when fishing in the state. There are RV parks and campgrounds in nearby Zapata, Texas.
Lake Clyde is near Abilene, Texas. White Crappie are sought after in the lake by local and visiting anglers. There are public boat ramps and docks. Lake Clyde rests in the headwaters of the Pecan Bayou and has a surface area of 449 acres. The lake is managed and stocked through Texas Fish and Wildlife. Spider rigging and jigging is recommended for the crappie in the lake. There are restaurants and RV parks in nearby Abilene. In addition to crappie, the lake has bass and bluegill. Bird-watching is another popular pastime at Lake Clyde.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.