Texas catfish fishing can be one of the most rewarding types of fishing that you take on. Everyone has heard it said that things are bigger in Texas, and maybe it is true, because large numbers of huge catfish are pulled from hundreds of bodies of water in Texas each year. It is difficult to narrow down your options to just a few places to catch catfish in Texas, but the following listing should help you seek out some fishing holes known for producing anything from large numbers of pan sized cat to huge, record setting catches that you are sure to be talking about for years to come.
Located on the Texas and Oklahoma border, this huge reservoir is known for its trophy-sized blue catfish. This lake fishes best in the winter when they cluster in the shad abundant areas and deeps of this lake. If you want good Texas catfish fishing, here’s an ideal place.
Lake Livingston is located on the Trinity River, northeast of Houston, Texas by approximately seventy-five miles. Lake Livingston is over 82,500 acres, and provides year round abundance of flathead, channel, and blue catfish. In warm weather, look for shallow areas in which shad and other catfish food sources flourish.
Within the Trinity River area, such locations as: Hickman Lake, Horseshoe lake, Hall’s Lake, and Hardison Slough are rich catfishing areas sure to produce a great catch. Visit any of these locations for quality fishing.
Lake Tawakoni is located twenty-eight miles east of Dallas, Texas. This lake is part of the Sabine River Authority, and provides ample opportunity to catch blue, channel, and flathead catfish. The flathead found in Tawakoni can become enormous. Most of the flathead fishing here is done by trotline, and fish in excess of 100 pounds have been pulled from the water here.
Lake LBJ, so named after famed Texan and former president, Lyndon B. Johnson, is part of the Colorado River’s Highland Lakes. This huge lake spans over six thousand acres from Granite Shoals to Kingsland, Texas. The big three (flathead, blue, and channel) cat are abundant in this lake, and a day on the lake can easily net you a catch of forty plus fish in the 5 to 40 pound size range. Particularly good, is the spot where the Llano and Colorado rivers converge. This location is especially good during the winter months. This area provides great opportunities for those who prefer fishing the bank.
Choke Canyon Reservoir
The Choke Canyon Reservoir is located on Highway 72, about eighty miles south of San Antonio, Texas, near Three Rivers, Texas. This lake is considered to be one of the very best places to fish in South Texas, if not the entire state. The only time fishing lags in this lake is during the hottest summer months.
Bessie Heights Marsh
Bessie Heights Marsh, is located near Bridge City, Texas. This marsh is at the mouth of the Neches River and flows into the bay of Lake Sabine. Fishing for blue cat begins to pick up substantially in December, and early in the summer. In warmer weather, look to the shallows, because most of the cat caught in milder weather are found in shallow water, fishing is good there, in the marshes during the mild months of the year. In hot or cold weather, fish the deeper holes in the canal areas near the marshes. Be sure to fish when the tide is moving, because these fish rarely take the bait when the water is still.