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There are over 7,000 lakes in Texas. Some of these lakes are artificial, while some are natural, but nearly all of them are beautiful, serene, and home to an interesting and exciting variety of fish. Here are some of the different species of fish you can catch in Texas to give you an idea of what to expect.
Catfish are one of the most prominent catches in Texas. The iconic blue catfish is the most common, but anglers may also find channel and flathead catfish in the lakes. Catfish are large, delicious, and an exciting catch for any fishing enthusiast.
Of all the different species of fish you can catch in Texas, you should expect to find a lot of basses in the Texan bass fishing lakes. Largemouth, smallmouth, white, yellow, striped, or spotted, there are a lot of species of freshwater bass in the lakes of Texas. Anglers looking for a bit of state history may want to watch for the Guadalupe bass, Texas’ official state fish.
Crappies are small fish that are perfect for deep frying, and in Texas, you can find them in white and black varieties. Those looking to catch crappie may have better luck out in the middle of one of the lakes rather than fishing from the shoreline. If you’re visiting Texas, we recommend renting a boat over buying. Thankfully, many fishing spots in Texas offer boat rental services.
While you can catch beautiful and tasty rainbow trout in Texas, most of these fish in the Guadalupe and Trinity rivers actually came from Missouri. Still, this large fish is a satisfying catch for any angler and makes a delicious dinner to cook over the campfire. However, those looking to catch this fish may have better luck in the winter and spring months since they do not naturally reproduce in Texas and don’t last through the summer.