Houston-area Physician Assistant Karl Anthony Simon has been an avid fisherman for his entire life. Growing up in several communities in Texas, he knows that the state offers incredible angling opportunities, and is a popular destination for tourists who want to try their luck in the state’s abundant waterways. Here is a look at Anthony Simon’s five favorite Texas fishing locations.
Number 1: Lake Conroe
Located within minutes of the bustling city of Houston, Lake Conroe is known for its trophy-sized channel and blue catfish species. With depths as much as 70 feet and relatively clear water for a lake of its size, Conroe is the ideal ecosystem for monster-sized fish. The lake boasts nearly 160 miles of shoreline, and there are numerous hotels and campgrounds in the area for weekend getaways or even summer excursions. For freshwater fishing enthusiasts, Lake Conroe is a must-experience destination.
Number 2: O.H. Ivie Lake
Found in west Texas and off the radar for all but the most experienced freshwater anglers, O.H. Ivie Lake is truly a gem. This lake offers opportunities for catching some of Texas’ biggest largemouth bass, the premier freshwater fishing target for sportsmen of all ages. Although the lake – actually a reservoir – was only completed in 1990, it has already gained recognition for its rich ecosystem and trophy-sized fish, including the iconic largemouth and white bass, crappie, and catfish. The lake spans over 20,000 acres and is as much as 120 feet deep.
Number 3: Falcon International Reservoir
Serving as the main reservoir for the Rio Grande River, Falcon International has gained a reputation for its healthy ecosystem and diversity in fish species. The reservoir is located about 40 miles east of the city of Laredo, and includes a hydroelectric dam. Visitors to the area have several lodging choices, including camping at the Falcon State Park. The Park also has public launches for anglers who prefer using boats to target their favorite fish. Fish in the reservoir include catfish, panfish, largemouth and white bass, and drum.
Number 4: Lake Texoma
Lake Texoma is one of the largest freshwater reservoirs in the United States. Located on the Texas/Oklahoma border, the lake is best-known for the state record blue catfish that was caught there. Coming in at a weight of just over 121 lbs., this monster blue catfish shattered previous state records. There are also numerous other fish species, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, panfish, and striped bass. Because part of the lake is in Oklahoma, those with Texas fishing licenses are restricted from fishing the entire lake. To gain access to all that the lake has to offer, a special Lake Texoma fishing license may be obtained.
Number 5: Granger Lake
Anglers in the San Antonio and Austin areas are fond of Granger Lake, which is best-known for its crappie fishing opportunities. Fishing enthusiasts flock to the lake in spring for the pre-spawning activity. Many other fish can be caught from Granger Lake, including white bass, bluegills, catfish, and stripers. Numerous public parks and boat ramps dot the shoreline of the lake, including four maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
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