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 Weather Forecast



Hi: 79

Sunday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 50


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 75

Monday Night

Chance Thunderstorms

Lo: 53


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 68

Tuesday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 47


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 70

Wednesday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 55

Lake Fork Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 3/27: 401.49 (-1.51)

Lake Fork

Fishing Report from TPWD (Mar. 22)

GOOD. Water Stained; 55-62 degrees; 1.64 feet below pool. The cold front dropped the water temperature down 10 degrees in some areas slowing the bass bite. Use a slow bait presentation with Texas rigs, baby brush hogs or beaver type baits on the outside edge of the grass. Darker colored baits like V & M chopsticks in Texas smoke have been fair in 3-6 feet. Look for the bite to improve by the weekend as the water temperature warms and bass return to beds. Frogs and baits worked on top of the grass and in the pockets of grass should be great by the weekend. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Cooler weather is affecting the movement of the black bass, as the water cools the females are not committing to the beds, but as the water warms activity will increase. Search warmer clearer water in the backs of coves and creeks for active fish. Crappie are beginning to move towards the banks, try small bead heads fished slowly 3-4 feet. Carp and gar are spawning in shallow water. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork is getting really hot. Seeing great numbers and lots of big fish each day. The fish are making huge moves shallow this week and will for the next month. Areas in 2-13 feet are finally beginning to see more fish that are spawning. The 14-32 feet staging areas are also still loaded with fish and reloading daily now. Seeing lots of fish roaming in open water but the best luck is still coming on fish on timber or brush. Small hand tied jigs in chartreuse or orange are getting crushed right now, and you can still catch fish well on soft plastics and minnows. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins’ Guide Service. The crappie are biting in the main creek channels about halfway back in the creek. With the cooler weather most of the crappie are laying on the bottom. Once the sun comes out fish suspend up in the water column around 15 feet. Success with Snacky lures FS200 matched with the eye hole jig or crappie

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