You’ve heard the dreaded dog days of summer arrive early in the Texas Hill Country. While it is too hot to fish on the lake, spring offers a window of opportunity in the fishing world. Fish are still active throughout spring and summer. Summer provides plenty of opportunity for fishing north and on the coast. And while the fish are active far from home, fly anglers still have plenty to do.
Largemouth bass in Lake Fork
If you’re looking for a great place to catch largemouth bass in the summertime, consider a trip to Lake Fork. This reservoir in northeast Texas is home to some of the largest bass in the state. The water temperature is cooler than in other lakes, which results in better-quality bass. You can expect to catch up to a dozen largemouth bass, but you’ll likely catch more than one!
The first big bass caught in the state’s history was caught in Lake Fork. The angler who managed to land the big fish is Brad LaBove, a former professional bass angler. He was fishing near the town of Quitman when he landed his double-digit bass. The bass is now the 48th largest largemouth in the Lone Star State and the 258th ShareLunker.
The deep waters of Lake Fork offer ideal conditions for fishing. The lake has numerous buoyed boat lanes for safe passage. The flooded timber is a good habitat for largemouth bass. Boaters should take caution in these areas. Some of the best bass fishing occurs in areas containing hydrilla. But keep in mind that the lake is not without danger! In the summer months, largemouth bass can be found in all types of water – shallow and deep.
Channel catfish in Lake Tawakoni
If you’re looking for a great place to catch channel catfish in the summer, you should consider Lake Tawakoni in Texas. The huge channel catfish population in the lake continues to grow, and you can fish for them with cut bait, stink bait, and shrimp or liver. You can even bait holes with sour grain. If you don’t have a lot of time to fish, try out a guide for the day and get out on the lake!
While fishing for channel catfish in Lake Tawakoni in the summer, keep in mind that the fishery can also be a great spot to catch Striper. Striper are a favorite of many anglers, and the Lake Tawakoni Striper Fishing Guides can put you on a trophy fish! You will be rewarded for your efforts with delicious food, and a great day of fishing.
During the summer, the water is warm and turbid, which attracts catfish. The best spots to fish for these fish are near baited holes and cormorant roosts. Various baits, including chicken scratch, soured milo, and stink bait, are great lures for attracting these fish to your hook. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the special catfish limit that the lake has in place.
Hybrid striped bass in Cooper Lake
Aside from hybrid striped bass, Cooper Lake is also known for its dandy white bass fishing. This 19,000-acre lake is located in northeast Texas near Cooper, TX, and is home to numerous other species of fish, including largemouth bass and bowfin. Fall and summer are ideal seasons to catch the schooling white bass. Jigging spoons, bucktail jigs, and swimbaits are productive near the bottom of Cooper Lake, and the boat launch facilities are available at the north and south ends of the lake.
Hybrid striped bass are a natural spawning hybrid produced by crossing the eggs of striped and white bass. They are most active in late summer and are often found near schools of shad. Hybrid striped bass are commonly caught on artificial silver spoons, and most cut baits work well. While striped bass and white bass are the most common species, a hybrid is a hybrid.
While the striped bass are the preferred species, if you’d like to target the hybrids, they’re often located near structure. Soft plastics work well all year round, but live baits work best in late spring. If you’re looking to catch a big hybrid, you’ll be pleased to know that they’ll out-fight striped bass pound-for-pound. They can even bend your rod in half and rip your line from the reel.
Striped bass in Lake Texoma
Summertime is a great time to catch stripers in Lake Texoma. This lake is one of seven inland lakes where Stripers reproduce naturally. Because of this, the population of Stripers in Lake Texoma is always healthy, providing hot angling action all year round. In fact, it is considered one of the best Striped Bass fisheries in the US.
Unlike their Atlantic cousins, striped bass spawn in freshwater, so if you’re interested in catching one, you’ll have to know a little bit about how they reproduce. In their native waters, stripers live in estuaries and oceans. When they reach sexual maturity, they will return to the sea to spawn. Male Striped Bass reach sexual maturity at two years old. Female Striped Bass reach maturity at five years old. A striper will hatch its eggs at least 29 hours after fertilization, and it needs turbulence to stay suspended.
Lake Texoma is a reservoir in the Red River that straddles the border between Texas and Oklahoma. This reservoir has 74,686 acres of surface area and a maximum depth of 100 feet. Due to the high salt content of the Red River, stripers reproduce naturally in this lake. It has been called the Striper Capital of the World for a reason. It is also home to a variety of other species of bass, panfish, and even massive alligator gar.
Blue catfish in Lake Buchanan
Fishing for blue catfish in Lake Buchanan in Texas is easy and fun. You can enjoy angling in the spring and fall, but catching these majestic creatures is best in the summer. Several years ago, I filmed a TV show called The Angler and was very impressed with the results. Iaconelli caught a huge blue catfish on one of our fishing trips.
The trophy-sized blue catfish can weigh up to 25 pounds and roll in the surface water fifteen to 20 feet. It is quite a thrill to see one of these fish rolling over the water! Texas has dozens of water bodies that support trophy-sized blue catfish. Nearly 50 water bodies have records of over 40 pounds and ten that have reached 60 pounds. Five reservoirs are home to records of 80 pounds!
Fishing in Lake Buchanan is best during the early morning hours or late at night. It is an excellent night fishing lake because of its clear water. Other species found in Lake Buchanan include crappie, black bass, and hybrid stripers. The 22333-acre body of water has a variety of underwater structures. Largemouth bass love to breed on underwater mounds. Along the shoreline, flooded vegetation makes a great habitat for these fish.
White bass in Richland-Chambers
The 35,000-acre Richland-Chambers Lake is home to white bass, hybrid stripers, largemouth bass, and smallmouth buffalo. These fish are often targeted, and you may see double-digit weights in the black bass fishing reports. You might also spot a ten-pound largemouth bass if you’re lucky. Other fish to target include white bass, crappie, and catfish.
The White Bass in Richland-Chambers Reservoir are the third largest fishery in the state. You’ll find them here, and they’re easy to catch and release. If you’re unsure of the best spots, hire a licensed fishing guide in the area. Fisheries officials often have trouble convincing fishermen that these bass are hybrid stripers – they’re so much bigger than stripers.
You’ll find whitefish in a variety of habitats around the reservoir, but surface feeding fish are more fun to fool. In early July, topwater action was widespread as multiple schools of hapless shad were herded to the surface. If you’re looking for a good place to find these fish, try some of the tips below. You’ll be glad you did.
Smallmouth bass in Lake Whitney
A popular fishing spot for largemouth and smallmouth bass is the lake Whitney in Texas. Lake Whitney holds eight of the ten spots on the list of best Texas lakes for smallmouth bass. Earlier this decade, Lake Whitney was the state’s most productive smallmouth fishery. However, since the alga blooms of the 1990s, smallmouth numbers have declined drastically. Still, recent reports show great catches on Texoma, Canyon, and Stillhouse Hollow. In addition to the awe-inspiring smallmouth bass, Texas’ inland waters are home to striped bass. A fish weighing 53 pounds was caught here in 1999.
During the day, largemouths congregate on the flats near the bank, but the better fish are typically found near rocky drops and breaks in the lake’s depth. These trophy-size smallmouths can be caught anywhere from 5 feet to 14 feet deep. When fishing for smallmouth bass in the summer, it’s best to target these fish in shallower waters where they’re more active.
Smallmouth bass in Lake Whitney in Texas are aggressive and hard-fighting, and the water is clear and crystalline. The best lures for catching smallmouth bass are deep-diving crankbaits and Sassy Shads. If you’re looking for big bass, try using crawfish, frogs, and worms. Smallmouths can be found in and around main-lake points, and they often follow schools of baitfish.