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Fishing in Lake Tawakoni

The numerous lakes of northeast Texas offer an ideal opportunity to get back to nature. Just an hour out of Dallas, fishing on Lake Tawakoni is the tonic you need to escape the city. Its 36,000 acres of surface and over 200 miles of shoreline offer incredible angling opportunities, with the lake stocked full of huge, strong, and delicious Catfish, Bass, and Crappie. 

What to Expect

With such a vast expanse to explore, Lake Tawakoni offers recreational activities of all sorts, and fishing is a key part of it. Charter guides here offer you the chance to get on the water for anywhere from half a day to 10 hours. Avid anglers will relish the chance to maximize their chances on the water, while beginners may be more suited to a short trip to get a taste of fishing. 
 
Try out a range of different techniques, as you jig the bottoms, let the trolling lines do the work, or take advantage of popping corks to entice the bite of a plenty of exciting fish.

What to Target

Catfish

Known as the “Catfish capital of Texas,” Lake Tawakoni is clearly a haven for catfishing. Many fishing guides here specialize in going after Blue and Channel Catfish, with the chance to target Flatheads too. Catfishing is good year-round on this lake, with the chance to land trophy-sized beauties in winter, so you’ll have plenty of action to keep you warm in the colder months. 
 

Bass

While the lake may be known for its Catfish, you won’t want to miss out on the chance to target the range of Bass on offer here either. Stripers, Hybrid Stripers, White, and Largemouth Bass all call these waters home, with some creatures growing to incredible sizes. A record Striper of 22.25 pounds was caught on Lake Tawakoni, with the chance for Sand Bass action in the spring and fall to fill the boat. 
 

Crappie

Last and maybe least, the delicious Panfish, Crappie, is a year-round feature of Lake Tawakoni. These small creatures are not known for their game qualities, but they are ideal for beginners to land their first catch. Don’t miss out on the chance to go after a tasty treat to take home, with the fall yielding the best results. 

How to Prepare

Aboard a purpose-built fishing vessel, such as a bay boat, pontoon, or center console, you’ll have everything you need for a productive day. Make use of the latest rods and reels and a range of bait or lures to attract your fish, before your guide cleans and fillets your catch at the end of the day. Just check with your captain if you need to bring your own ice box to take the fish home. 
 
Other than that, you’ll need to grab a TX freshwater fishing license before you come aboard. Feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks, and away you go
 
With fishing on Lake Tawakoni possible year-round, there’s no reason to miss out. Make it your next fishing destination and test your skills against some prized freshwater beauties!
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Lake Tawakoni Fishing Seasons

January
There’s plenty of fishing to start off your fishing for the year. Come aboard a Lake Tawakoni fishing trip in January and keep warm, as you target monster Catfish for the best chance of a tasty treat.
February
Sand Bass start to make more of an appearance come February, joining the Catfish bonanza to keep you entertained throughout the day, as you hunt the deep waters where these beauties hide in Winter.
March
As spring kicks in, so does spawning season for some of the exciting fish that call these waters home. Hybrid Stripers and Largemouth Bass will provide for something new to target as the fishing starts heating up.
April
The end of spring can be the most productive season, as Catfish surface in numbers, along with Stripers, White, and Hybrid Striped Bass. Get ready for a thrilling day out, as you prepare for the high season. 
May
As the weather warms up, so does the fishing, with all of Lake Tawakoni’s creatures offering some exciting action. Add Crappie to the list of species you can target, with something for the whole family to target
June
Striped Bass are the prize for anglers in northeast Texas as summer gets underway. Make the most of the longer hours of daylight and get out on the water all day long to fill the boat with delicious fish. 
July
Lake Tawakoni comes alive in July, with the 4th of July celebrations seemingly lasting all-month long, as the fireworks go on forever. Feel the rush of fishing at the same time and land some exciting creatures.
August
With the kids still off school, you have the best chance to take advantage of the excitement on offer on the lake. Introduce them to a healthy, outdoor activity, and get your fish on against the prized fish here.
September
There’s no sign of the season slowing down come September, with White Bass and Hybrid Stripers getting ready for the exciting fall run. Put your angling skills to the test as you try bottom fishing and trolling.
October
Quinlan is the place to be come October, with the Harvest Festival bringing the whole community and tourists together. Combine it with a fishing trip, and you’re in for a thrilling Texan experience. 
November
Some of the prized fish come back to the fold as the holiday season closes in, as Catfish join White, Hybrid, and Striped Bass to let you fill the freezer with some delicious fish to feed the whole family.
December
See out the year in style by going after trophy-sized Catfish. These beauties promise an entertaining day out, so come aboard and get ready for a real workout to reel in a monster. 

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What People Are Saying About Lake Tawakoni

Catch of the Day
Neil J. fished with Johnny's Catfish Guide Service on March 19, 2020
Use Johnnys Catfish Guide service. He is more than you pay for . He is a person that cares about you exceeding what you expect. Knows fishing and the lake like the back of his hand. I highly recommend him. He had really good helper with also. No worries you will catch your fish. He knows right where to go on a boat geared for fishing and fun.
Full Day Trip
Isabel O. fished with Lewisville Catfishing Lake Tawakoni on March 15, 2019
Keep in contact with your fishing guide. Keep yourself updated on the weather and fishing reports.
Split Day Trip - Striper/Hybrid Hunting
Uzooma O. fished with Wild Thing Guide Service on July 21, 2018
Great fishing today. Started early on the water and beat the heat. And caught our limit of stripers. Didn't know what to expect this time of year but great fishing.
Fishing with Michael
Jared S. fished with Michael Smith Trophy Catfish on June 24, 2018
Bring a big ice chest for all the catfish!!!!

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