The Best Catfish Lakes in Texas

The Best Catfish Lakes in Texas
With more than 100 fishing spots in Texas, there is an abundance of catfish all over the state. There are a few that stand out, no matter the year, for the size and amount of catfish that are found in the waters. Fishing is one of the most popular sports in Texas, so it is not hard to find the best fishing.

Lake LBJ

Lake Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) encompasses more than 6,000 acres and is home to blue cat, yellow cat and channel cat. More than 40 years ago, it was a natural occurrence for anglers to pull catfish out that weighed more 70 lbs. It still happens but not as often. Now catfish range from 15 to 40 lbs. The size of catfish in Lake LBJ is partially due to the way the lake is configured. There are underwater shelves where catfish will just sit and eat for years, which allows them to grow so large.

Lake LBJ is located at Kingsland, Texas, and fed by the Colorado River. Use live bait as in goldfish, minnows, sunfish or shad if you want to try your hand at the large catfish.

Lake Texoma

Lake Texoma sits partially in Texas and in Oklahoma. Lake Texoma is actually an 89,000-acre reservoir and is renowned for anglers still pulling huge fish out of the lake. In 2004, the largest blue cat was caught weighing in at slightly more than 121 lbs. Two previous records came from Lake Texoma as well. A 116-lb. blue cat was hauled in on a trotline in 1985, and in 1995, another blue cat caught with a rod and reel weighed 90 lbs.

It is easy to see why this lake is one of the best in Texas. Whether you are a weekend angler or fish full time, you will be sure to get your money's worth and enjoy yourself immensely at Lake Texoma.

Lake Tawakoni

Lake Tawakoni is 28 miles southeast of Dallas, is 36,700 acres and is prime fishing for blues, channels and flatheads. Averaging 3 lbs. per fish, Lake Tawakoni still has large fish in its waters. Each year there are fish from trotlines weighing from 20 to 70 lbs.

Drift fishing is the more common fishing tactic in Lake Tawakoni. However, trotlines are still catching the big blues that are lurking under the surface.

Article Written By Cathy Conrad

Cathy Conrad has more than five years of newsprint experience as an assistant editor and is a professional writer. She has worked as a virtual assistant and email support specialist, and has more than 20 years of experience working in the medical field. Conrad is currently licensed as a Texas insurance representative and has many years in home improvement and gardening.

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