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Types of Fish in Texas

American Eel
Bigmouth Buffalo
Black Bullhead
Blue Catfish
Bluegill
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Drum
Flathead Catfish
Gar
Green Sunfish
Largemouth Bass
Paddlefish
Pickerel
Rainbow Trout
Redbreast Sunfish
Redear Sunfish
Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
Striped Bass
Walleye
Warmouth
White Bass
Yellow Bass

To most people Texas brings images of lone rangers and cowboys, unless they enjoy fishing. Then Texas is all about fish – big fish, of course. Texas has limited diversity due to its climate, but what it has packs a punch!

The best fishing in Texas is bass fishing, although many anglers will tell you otherwise. Its variety of bass is extensive, ranging from spotted, to yellow, to wiper. Lake Amistad, beside the Mexican border, is known for being a premier bass locale as well as for catfish. Cooper Lake is known to be popular, but luckily its large size can handle many fishermen with enough bass to go around.

One of the best bass lakes in Texas is Lake Fork. The majority of Texan trophy bass come from Lake Fork. Largemouth are the best offerings of the lake, as the state record eighteen pounder can attest, but it also holds many other bass including a white and yellow hybrid. Lake Fork is excellent year round, but for the best chances at big ones go in early spring. Bank and boat fishing are both productive methods at Lake Fork. Lake Fork is also a premier channel catfish habitat!

Caddo Lake is another good bass lake, primarily for largemouth. White and spotted bass also swim in Caddo, along with plenty of crappie and catfish. Caddo Lake is home to chain pickerel, which are not widely dispersed through Texas.

The Guadalupe bass is a fun change of pace from the usual smallmouth and largemouth crowd. Found in moving waters, they do well in smaller rivers and streams. San Marcos River, parts of the Guadalupe River, Brazos River drainages, and other areas are safe bets for this uncommon fish. This bass is also the state fish as it is not found in any other state!

Catfish may play second fiddle to bass, but that makes them no less catchable. Their distribution is as widespread as that of Texan bass. Trophy sizes for channel and blue can become huge in Texas! The state record blue surpassed a hundred and twenty pounds, and was caught from Lake Texoma.

Lake Texoma is a known catfish paradise. It also provides excellent bass fishing for bass and crappie. Its bass include striped, spotted and white. Lake Texoma is also the holder of Texas’ record black buffalo and goldeye. For equally abundant catfish, including trophy flatheads, the Brazos River is an excellent option.

Walleye fishing is harder to come by with Texas’ heat, but it is there if you seek it. Walleye in Texas are stocked by the state in some lakes and reservoirs. Palo Duro Reservoir’s walleye are maintained via stocking. With several boat ramps, picnic areas, and RV camps Palo Duro makes a lovely weekend retreat. Lake Meredith is good for walleye as proven when it yielded the state record at just under twelve pounds, and it also has excellent smallmouth bass fishing.

If you are looking for a fight and want one at the end of a reel instead of a fist Texas’ healthy population of inland alligator gar is the best choice. Alligator gar well over a hundred or even two hundred pounds can be caught in Texas! Lake Livingston has great gar fishing, as well as bass, crappie, and catfish. The Rio Grande and Nueces rivers hold good alligator gar opportunities, too.

The lower eastern coast of the Lone Star State curves against the Gulf of Mexico, offering excellent coastal fishing. Tripletail, red snapper, amberjack, kingfish, wahoo, and many more can be caught just offshore. For something more adventurous shark fishing is a year round option along Texas’ coast. The Galveston Jetties are good for drum, sheepshead, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, and the occasional flounder or shark also nip at bait.

Interestingly, to promote fishing Texas has waived licensure requirements for all fishing within state parks! Outside of parks, however, licenses are needed for everyone sixteen or older. Licenses can be bought online, by phone, or in person at state distributors. Both residents and non-residents can purchase annual or one day licenses for freshwater or saltwater fishing. Resident senior fees are less expensive. Texas also offers lifetime licenses but only from certain state offices.
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A Lake


A Lake is located just 15 miles from Centerville, in Texas. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near A Lake include Crockett, Latexo and Leona. If A Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Dixon Creek, Beaver Dam Creek, Busch Slough, Cedar Creek, Dixon Creek, Hurricane Creek, Pine Creek, Knight Creek, Black Branch and Hayes Branch.
Closest Cities : Centerville 15miles, Crockett 16miles, Latexo 16miles, Leona 18miles, Grapeland 19miles


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Adams Lake


Adams Lake, just 10 miles from Jasper, Texas, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Adams Lake include Colmesneil, Browndell and Woodville. If Adams Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Indian Creek, Williams Creek, Boggy Branch, Pool Branch, Louis Creek, Yates Branch, Devils Slough, May Haw Pond Slough, Deep Slough and Primrose Slough.
Closest Cities : Jasper 10miles, Colmesneil 15miles, Browndell 16miles, Woodville 19miles, Zavalla 20miles


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Adler Lake


Adler Lake is located just 11 miles from Victoria, in Texas. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Adler Lake include Goliad, Austwell and Port Lavaca. If Adler Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are McDonough Bayou, Coleto Creek, Samson Bayou, Dry Creek, New River, Blue Bayou, Spring Bayou, Court Branch, Black Bayou and Boggy Creek.
Closest Cities : Victoria 11miles, Goliad 21miles, Austwell 22miles, Port Lavaca 24miles, Seadrift 26miles


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Akins Lake


Akins Lake, just 8 miles from Carthage, Texas, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Akins Lake include Beckville, Tatum and Gary City. If Akins Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Greer Slough, Martin Creek, Hodge Slough, Water Gap Slough, Irons Bayou, Crawford Slough, Buck Branch, Caddo Creek, Dillard Creek and Gandia Branch.
Closest Cities : Carthage 8miles, Beckville 8miles, Tatum 12miles, Gary City 16miles, Scottsville 18miles


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Akins Lake


Akins Lake, just 7 miles from Carthage, Texas, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Akins Lake include Beckville, Tatum and Gary City. If Akins Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Martin Creek, Greer Slough, Hodge Slough, Crawford Slough, Irons Bayou, Dillard Creek, Buck Branch, Caddo Creek, Water Gap Slough and Cox Branch.
Closest Cities : Carthage 7miles, Beckville 8miles, Tatum 12miles, Gary City 16miles, Easton 18miles


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