The state of Texas is home to eight different types of bass, including the popular largemouth bass and the spotted bass. A combination of thousands of acres of freshwater lakes, rivers and man-made reservoirs, as well as year-round sunny weather, makes the state a popular bass-fishing destination. Some of the state's largest lakes and ponds are found in its eastern half. Discover bass fishing tips for this region to help you land your first Texas bass.
Read the Texas Fishing Report
Don't waste your time randomly picking a Texan lake or reservoir for your fishing expedition. The Texas Parks & Wildlife department generates weekly fishing reports that monitor bass populations by county. Consult the current fishing report for eastern counties such as Pineywoods and Panhandle Plains to determine which areas are at their peak, and which area to visit to maximize your chances of catching bass. Note that fishing at an area recommended by the fishing report will increase your chances of having a strike, but you may also be competing with more anglers who have read the same report.
Buy a Texas Fishing License
Texas requires all recreational anglers to hold a current fishing license and stamp endorsement from the Texas Parks & Wildlife department. You can obtain a license online, or at over 1,500 stores, sporting goods shops and outlets across the state. In addition, you can purchase a license via telephone toll-free at (800) 895-4248.
Know Your Location
To ensure the sustainability of the state's bass populations, area restrictions are imposed on anglers. Know your location to avoid fishing in restricted regions. As of 2009, anglers may not fish for bass in the North Concho River between the Bell Street and OC Fisher dams or the Lone Wolf and Bell Street dams, rivers lying within state parks, and Lake Pflugerville.
Pay Attention to the Weather and Water Quality
While Texas is typically sunny, rainy weather occasionally strikes. This can create runoff or disturb the water, thereby adjusting the water quality. Modify your fishing tools appropriately. Texan bass typically respond best to bright lures or bait. Switch out natural-colored lures for neon or fluorescent lures during overcast days or in water with a high mud or particle content.
Article Written By Josh Duvauchelle
Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.