Bass Fishing Tips in Northeast Texas

Bass Fishing Tips in Northeast Texas
Northeast Texas has dozens of lakes and small estuaries with bass swimming their depths. Fishermen and anglers take advantage of the bass abundance each year, trying to fill creels and lines. With a little knowledge of bass habitat, behavior and what they strike, your day spent fishing in this region of the state might be enhanced. Be sure you bring a valid Texas fishing license with you when plying these waters, as not having one may result in fines and tickets.

Pat Mayse Lake

Pat Mayse Lake is 12 miles from Paris, Texas, and occupies nearly 6,000 acres. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Division website suggests fishing for bass along the vegetated shoreline, where the bulrush and cutgrass are found.

Bass like the oxygen rich waters surrounding the vegetation. Use a combination of bait and sinkers and try to mimic the movement of small fish fry and minnows to entice the bass for a strike.

If you choose to use live bait, try digging for worms around the edge of the lake, as the aroma will be familiar to the bass in the lake.

Pat Mayse Lake

P.O. Box 129

Powderly, TX 75473-012


Coffee Mill Lake

Coffee Mill Lake is set in the Caddo National Grassland Wildlife Management Area, 15 miles from Bonham, Texas. The lake is 650 acres and is home to largemouth bass. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Division suggests fishing for bass during the spring with spinner baits along the edge of the water willows and dam.

During summer try fishing for bass worms and crankbaits, as well as during the winter months, suggests the TPDW. Try using popper or weedless bait if you fish the shallows or along the lake's edge.

Coffee Mill Lake

Sherman TX, 75091


Lake Abilene

Lake Abilene is a 600-acre lake off of Elm Creek 20 miles mouth of the city of Abilene. The lake is known to be murky and muddy, and the biologists writing at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Division report success with bass by flipping the brushy cover over along the lake banks and fishing at these locations.

Go for the vegetated covering, as these regions make the water oxygen rich, attracting bass. Use minnows, worms or frozen minnows as bait, or try some poppers or spoons along the lake banks.

Lake Abilene

150 Park Road 32

Tuscola, TX 79562


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.

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