10 Best Crappie Fishing Lakes in Texas

10 Best Crappie Fishing Lakes in Texas
There are a lot of highly rated fishing lakes for crappie in Texas. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, there are 30 that are rated "excellent" for crappie fishing--whether fishing for the white or black variety. Ten of the lakes in Texas have excellent crappie populations as well as the opportunity to catch other species.
 

Granger Lake

Granger lake has 4,000 acres and is northeast of Austin in Williamson County, near the towns of Granger and Taylor. Crappie is the most popular fish in this lake, with large numbers of legal-size fish. Fishing is best in the spring when fish are spawning but can be good in the fall as well. When the weather warms up, they can be found in shallow water.

Granger Lake
3100 Granger Dam Road
Granger, TX 76530
512-859-2668
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Lake Texana

Lake Texana is a 9,700-acre lake 8 miles east of Edna, Texas, on U.S. Highway 59. Spring is the best time to catch crappie, and you will find the fish on the edges of water hyacinth in the creek channels. Submerged brush in a creek channel often is an overlooked place for a large crappie.

Lake Texana
4631 FM 3131
Edna, TX 77957
361-782-5229
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Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Sam Rayburn Reservoir, a 114,500-acre lake on the San Angelina River, is in Jasper County. It is a U.S. Corps of Engineers Lake, founded in 1965. Largemouth bass are the most popular fish here, but crappie are not far behind. Crappie fishing is excellent here year-round. In the spring, the fish are in the shallow areas, and at other times of year they are in deeper water around submerged material and creek channels.

Sam Rayburn Reservoir
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Route 3 Box 486
Jasper, TX 75951
409-384-5716
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Lake O' The Pines

Lake O' The Pines is on Big Cypress Creek, 25 miles northeast of Longview in the great pine forest. The lake has nearly 17,000 acres and was created in 1956. It is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake. There are special rules for crappie Dec. 1 through the end of February, with no minimum length and a bag limit of 25 in any combination. In other months there is a 10-inch minimum. Crappie are plentiful here, and there are a lot of big ones. Black Crappie are the dominant species.

Lake O' The Pines
US Army Corps of Engineers
2669 FM 726
Jefferson, TX 75657
877-444-6777
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White Rock Lake

White Rock is located in the city of Dallas on the White Rock Creek. It has 1,000 acres and was created in 1910. Crappie are plentiful, and some are large. They are easily caught in the spring and can be caught year-round here. Largemouth bass also are excellent in this small lake.

White Rock Lake
830 East Lawther
Dallas, TX 75218
214-670-8281
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Ray Roberts Lake

Ray Roberts Lake is relatively new, having been created in 1987. The lake has 25,600 acres and is 10 miles north of Denton. There is a lot of vegetation on this lake, which makes for good fishing. There are several guided trips available. This lake is a bit unusual in that crappie are usually most plentiful and most easily caught during winter months. Largemouth bass and white bass also are abundant at this lake.

Ray Roberts lake
US Army Corps of Engineers
1801 N. Mill Street
Lewisville, TX 75067
972-434-1666
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Lake Mineral Wells

This lake is immediately east of Mineral Wells and is fairly secluded off U.S. Highway 180. The lake has 440 acres and was created in 1920.
The lake is in Mineral Lakes State Park and subject to special rules for community fishing lakes. Only pole-and-line fishing is allowed, and there is a daily bag limit of five, with no minimum length. Crappie fishing is best in winter, when they are in deep water, and in the spring, when they move to more shallow water for spawning.

Lake Mineral Wells State Park
100 Park Road 71
Mineral Wells, TX 76067
940-328-1171
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Coffee Mill Lake

Coffee Mill Lake is 15 miles north of Bonham, in the Caddo National Grassland Wildlife Management area. The lake has 650 acres and was started in 1939. The lake supports the largest crappie population in an eight-county fisheries district. They are plentiful and easy to catch. Catfish and sunfish also are popular at this lake.

Coffee Mill Lake
PO Box 507
Decatur, TX 76234
940-627-5475
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Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead is 15 miles southeast of Wichita Falls, off U.S. Highway 281. This lake has nearly 15,000 acres of surface and was created in 1966. This lake is recognized as a premier white crappie lake. A lot of anglers hit the lake in spring, but there is usually plenty of crappie to go around, and several nice sized ones are caught here as well.

Lake Arrowhead
1300 7th St.
Wichita Falls, TX 76307
940-761-7477
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Stamford Reservoir

Stamford Reservoir, 10 miles east of Stamford, is on the Paint Creek, a tributary of the Brazos River. The lake is long and relatively narrow, with 5,124 acres of surface water. Crappie are abundant in this body of water, and they are hungry year-round. The best season is spring, but they can be found anytime around old trees and drop-offs in the water.

Stamford Reservoir
City of Stamford
201 E. McHarg St.
Stamford, TX 79553
325-773-2723
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Licensing

Fishing licenses are required for anyone between the ages of 17 and 65 in Texas. A resident is anyone who has lived in the state for six months and has an established address. Nonresidents must purchase an out-of-state license.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,
4200 Smith School Road
Austin, TX 78744
800-792-1112
tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/general/fish_licenses/

 

Article Written By James Jordan

James Jordan has been a writer and photographer since 1980. He has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas, winning state press association awards for writing, photography and page design. In 1995 he received his master's in Christian education and completed two years of Ancient Greek at the graduate level. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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