Lake Fork Fish Species

Lake Fork sits in Rains and Wood Counties on Lake Fork Creek and Caney Creek, tributaries of the Sabine River, about 70 miles east of Dallas. When Lake Fork was built, the engineers left 80% of the standing timber. Tree stumps are all over the lake underwater. Boat lanes are marked in major branches of the lake with Sabine River Authority buoys.

Is Lake Fork Good Fishing?

Yes, Lake Fork is a legendary largemouth bass fishing lake. Lake Fork holds the record in 2017 for 33 of the 50 biggest largemouth bass ever caught in Texas, which were fished out of Lake Fork that year. Over 300,000 people visit the Lake Fork each year because of the great fishing.

What Kind of Fish Does Lake Fork Have?

Other popular game species in Lake Fork include spotted, hybrid striped, white, and yellow bass, bluegill, bowfin, blue, channel, and flathead catfish, common carp, black and white crappie, longnose and spotted gar, redear sunfish, and warmouth. 

Lake Fork is a V-shaped lake with hundreds of coves and inlets that spiderweb around it. There are over 300 miles of shoreline to fish, along with points, humps, channels, and ledges. The engineers left 80% of the standing timber when they built Lake Fork. Tree stumps are all over the lake underwater, leaving treacherous underwater hazards. Duckweed, milfoil, and hydrilla provide vegetation.

Boat lanes are marked in major branches of Lake Fork with Sabine River Authority buoys. Buoys indicate the paths without tree stumps. The timber presents a navigation hazard as well. The boat lanes are not highways, so drive them with caution. Fall, winter, and spring are the best seasons to fish Lake Fork. Night fishing is ideal in the hot summer months.

White bass, crappie, and sunfish fishing is exceptional at times. Giant catfish roam Lake Fork and are productive year round. Hybrid stripers and white bass run in packs chasing schools of baitfish and can be caught anywhere from the surface to the deeper river channels. Canoes and kayaks also provide access to areas not easily reached by bigger boats.

Are There Striped Bass in Lake Fork?

There are a lot fish species in Lake Fork, but no striped bass. There are hybrid striped bass.

What's the Biggest Fish Caught in Lake Fork?

The Texas state record is an 18.18-pound largemouth bass caught at Lake Fork. This record has stood since 1992.

Top Lake Fork Fish Species and Limits

Black Bass

For black bass, also called largemouth bass, the length limit is a 16-24” slot. Bass 16 inches and less or 24 inches or greater in length may be retained. Only one bass 24 inches or greater may be retained each day. For smallmouth bass (if present), minimum length = 14 inches. No minimum length on spotted, Guadalupe, and Alabama bass (if present.) Daily bag limit for all species = 5 black bass in combination.

White, Striped and Yellow Bass

For striped and hybrid striped bass, minimum length limit = 18 inches and daily bag limit = 5 in any combination. For white bass, minimum length = 10 inches and daily bag is 25. There are no bag or size limits for yellow bass.


There is no minimum length limit or daily bag limit for common carp.


For channel and blue catfish, their hybrids and subspecies, 25 in any combination - only 10 can be 20 inches or greater in length. For flathead catfish, minimum length = 18 inches and daily bag limit = 5.


For black and white crappie caught from DEC. 1 through the last day of FEB., there is no minimum length limit and all crappie caught must be retained. From March through November, minimum length is 10 inches. Year-round daily bag limit is 25 crappie in any combination.


For alligator gar, daily bag limit is 1 fish of any size. No bag limits on other species of gar.

Mandatory Harvest Reporting - All alligator gar harvested from the public waters of the state other than Falcon International Reservoir must be reported within 24 hours to the department via mobile app or online. Report your harvest with "My Texas Hunt Harvest" app.Certain areas may be temporarily closed to alligator gar fishing when optimum spawning conditions occur. Get details.


There is no minimum length or daily bag limit on bluegill, redear, warmouth or other species of sunfish.


For rainbow and brown trout, their hybrids and subspecies, there is no minimum length and daily bag limit = 5 trout in any combination.

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Lake Fork Current Weather Alerts

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Lake Fork Weather Forecast


Partly Sunny

Hi: 78

Sunday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 62


Slight Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 79

Monday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 60


Partly Sunny

Hi: 79

Tuesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 55


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 75

Wednesday Night

Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 58

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 3/3: 402.71 (-0.29)

Lake Fork

Fishing Report from TPWD (Feb. 28)

GOOD. Water Stained; 61 degrees; 0.24 feet below pool. Bass are all over the place with a good shallow bite and nice catches offshore fish utilizing live scope. Shallow fish are best on moving baits like chatterbaits and spinnerbaits and some minus ones in 1-3 feet. Edge of grass in 1-4 feet of water is still producing with ViperXP Jigs and Texas rigged creature baits. Grass in 1-4 ft best . Wacky rigs are good near edge of grass. Water temp is 56-66 depending on your location. Murky east and west but clear in the mid lake areas. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Bass are in the shallows working streamers are working in 1-8 feet. Clousers should produce good results around structure. Crappie will be moving towards the banks, small patterns like wooly buggers are a good bet. Bream will also move to warmer water, a wooly bugger would be a good choice. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie on Lake Fork are spread out all over the different depths on the lake right now. You can still catch some fish out deep in 50 plus feet of water, you can catch fish up in 2 feet of water and all the depth in between. Not seeing huge numbers of fish concentrated in any specific depth yet as these fish are moving towards spawning areas. We have been seeing bigger fish this past week being caught like we normally do in the springtime. The bite should get hotter and hotter in less than 20 feet deep areas as water temperature rise over the next few weeks. With tons of rain the last few weeks the water is stained in most areas and muddy way up north close to the runoff and feeder creek areas. Chartreuse hand ties are working well for fish deeper than 25 feet right now and black and chartreuse soft plastics are working well on shallower fish where the water is more stained. Minnows will still work as well. The catfish bite is really good around roosting trees on the north ends of the lake. Timber in 13-18 feet is best and look for the birds

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