Best Fishing Spots in Dallas and What to Catch

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Spending some time in Dallas, Texas and want to know where to fish? There are outstanding opportunities for fishing in Texas. One way to locate the best fishing spots in Dallas is to check online local fishing reports.  Dallas falls into the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s “Prairies and Lakes” region.

As one might expect, the fishing spots in Dallas can be big. For example, just a few miles north east of the Dallas highway loop is the massive Lake Ray Hubbard at almost 22,000 acres. It has many boat ramps, handicap access, and places for boat fuel and live bait. Perhaps more importantly, it has become a dominant hybrid striped bass and blue catfish fishery. 

If you want a smaller fishing spot in Dallas, you might try White Rock Lake which is just over 1000 acres and limits boat motors to 9.9 horsepower. It touts good numbers of largemouth bass and crappie that may reach 2.5 pounds.

There are even smaller fishing spots in Dallas such as Bachman Lake, near the airport. It is 132 acres of great crappie fishing with plenty of shoreline fishing available.  And there are urban parks such as the William Blair Junior Park which has fishing ponds with easy access.

And while you are investigating the best spots for Texas fishing, you may notice that many of these impoundments are tributaries of the Trinity River. For the truly adventuresome, the Trinity River is famous for its giant alligator gar fishery.  Practice catch and release on these toothy beasts which can reach over 200 pounds and note that spawning times and areas are protected. 

By doing some online research for where to fish in Texas ahead of time, you can save time and frustration by learning, for example, if the Joe Pool Lake boat ramps may still be closed due to high water. And make sure your boat registration is up to date before hitting the water.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to since 2011.