With 4,959 square miles of inland water, Texas ranks as one of the best fishing destinations in the country. The state has about 6,736 reservoirs providing excellent fishing for diverse species. Largemouth bass is one of the most popular fish in the state. Some of the best fishing lakes in the Lone Star state are Fork, Amistad and Whitney.
Lake Fork is recommended as the best bass fishing lake in Texas by Texasbassfishing.com and Texashuntfish.com. It has a surface area of 27,264 acres and a maximum depth of 70 feet. The lake holds most of the state's record for bass. The most popular fish in the reservoir is the largemouth bass. Other species include white and black crappie, channel catfish, white bass and sunfish. Both largemouth bass and crappie are subject to special fishing regulations. Largemouth bass has a 16-24 inch slot limit, and there is a daily bag limit on crappie depending on the time of the year.
Quitman, TX 75410
This reservoir is 12 miles northwest of Del Rio in Val Verde County and has a surface area of 64,900 acres with a maximum depth of 217 feet. Predominant fish species include largemouth and smallmouth bass, guadalupe bass, white and striped bass and catfish, but the most abundant one is the largemouth bass. Lake Amistad is named as one of the Texas Top Bass Fishing Lakes by Texashuntfish.com. The reservoir has a very rocky structure with rock ledges and steep drop and shorelines.
Rio Grande, Val Verde County, TX
Lake Whitney is off Texas Highway 22 with a surface area of 23,500 acres and a maximum depth of 108 feet. Predominant fish species on the lake include striped and white bass, smallmouth and largemouth bass, crappie and channel, blue and flathead catfish. Texas Parks and Wildlife recommends Lake Whitney as a top-notch lake for striped bass and white bass as well as trophy blue catfish. The lake offers scenic views of gently sloping banks, clear and hardwood timber as well as limestone bluffs.
Brazos and Nolan rivers, TX