Texas' Best Bass Lakes

Toldedo Bend Sunset
Toledo Bend at sunset. Isaac Golding / Getty Images

Black bass are the most popular freshwater gamefish in the nation. And, Texas is one of the top states when it comes to producing trophy largemouths. Although practically every lake in Texas has the capability of producing trophy bass, there are a few that are clearly above the rest. For fishermen on a serious search for trophy bass, they should consider some of these water bodies, which are among the best bass lakes in Texas. 

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    Choke Canyon
    Bass Fishing at Choke Canyon Reservoir. TPWD

    Choke Canyon Lake was formed by backing up nearly 26,000 acres of water from the Frio River over a variety of creekbeds, timber, and other structure. This combination, plus South Texas' temperate weather, has resulted in Choke Canyon consistently producing quality black bass. Although is is somewhat secluded, anglers making an effort to fish Choke Canyon are often rewarded with giant bass. 

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    Lake Fork
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    Known as one of the top trophy bass lakes in the nation, Lake Fork draws anglers from across the US and beyond. Each of these anglers knows that anytime they are fishing Fork, they stand a good chance of catching a true trophy largemouth. Over half of the top 50 bass in Texas have come from Lake Fork, so it is a "must-fish" for serious bass anglers. 

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    Lake Sam Rayburn

    "Big Sam" is the largest impoundment situated completely within the confines of Texas. Throughout the years, Rayburn has produced as many big bass as any lake in the Lone Star State and has become a favorite tournament stop for professional bass fishermen. But, whether you are a touring pro, serious bass fishermen or weekend angler, a trip to Lake Sam Rayburn can yield the fish of a lifetime. 

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    Lake Amistad, Texas
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    Located near the border town of Del Rio, Lake Amistad was formed when the Rio Grande was dammed in 1969. It's remote location is part of its charm, as are its clear, sprawling waters. Massive Lake Amistad encompasses neary 70,000 surface acres, which are shared between Mexico and the United States. Amistad is known to be both one of the most scenic lakes in Texas, as well as one of the best spots to catch a trophy bass. 

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    Located in Zapata, TX, on the Texas/Mexico border, Falcon is famous for producing "braggin' size" largemouth bass. After enduring a decade-long drought, Falcon has recently seen an influx of water and a resurgence in the big bass population. Since refilling, Falcon quickly established itself as one of the most consistent producers of quality largemouth bass in America and anglers flock from across the country to tangle with the brutish bass found in Falcon Lake. 

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    Toldedo Bend Sunset
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    Toledo Bend is so big it sprawls across Texas and into Louisiana. Of course, the size of the lake isn't nearly as important to anglers as the fish that are in it. However, Toledo Bend is known for producing plenty of quality bass, which has made it popular with recreational and professional anglers alike.