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Fishing Lake Tawakoni

Lake Tawakoni is the 4th largest inland lake in Texas. It’s almost 39,000 acres and is the Best Fishing Lake in Texas.  Located on the Sabine River in Hunt, Rains, and Van Zandt counties.  The lake has a capacity of 936,200 acre-feet and a surface area of 36,700 acres. Crest elevation is 437.5 feet above mean sea level.

Located some 50 miles east of Dallas and 12 miles south of Greenville, the reservoir’s primary purpose is to provide water for the surrounding communities and the City of Dallas.

Popular Fish Species


Lake Tawakoni is known for its Trophy  and fishing for these magnificent fish is both invigorating and incredible. We target Trophy Cats December through March and fish for them using techniques such as fan casting drifting and what I like to call, target shooting.  Channel Catfish can be located under baited holes or near creek channels near wooded areas on both sides of the reservoir. 

West Tawakoni, located at the west end of the 2-mile Bridge, was awarded the distinction of being the Catfish Capital of Texas by the Texas State Legislature in 2001.


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Striped Bass

Lake Tawakoni also offers Striped Bass fishing, we like to fish for these fish in the main area of the lake on humps and underwater timber. Striped Bass and Hybrid Bass sometimes run together and can be caught using a variety of baits like Buck-tail jigs, swimbaits, Slabs, Rattle-traps, and even topwater lures, that is if you are lucky enough to catch them surfacing on top of the water.


White Bass

White Bass are a spring and summertime fun species to catch after they do their creek spawn in the early spring. We like to ambush the schools of White Bass (Sand Bass) at the mouth of creeks and off the underwater structure in the main area of the lake.



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For Crappie and other varieties of panfish, you can catch your shares around the Two Mile bridge pillars around docks and in many of the local marinas that offer fishing.


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Lake Tawakoni offers all that Fishing has to offer on a North Texas Lake and more.

All you have to bring is your snacks drinks and favorite fishing hat and Lake Tawakoni provides everything needed for that avid angler in you.

There are a number of Marinas you can visit while at the lake such as Lake Tawakoni Marina, Kennys Landing, Resort Sky point and Wind Point Park Marina and RV Park.

In addition, the lake provides water-oriented recreation for much of central and northeast Texas. Fishing is the primary recreational sport with catfish being the lake specialty.

In 1995, The Texas Legislature declared Wills Point the Bluebird Capital of Texas.

So come to see what Lake Tawakoni is all about and go Messin’ with the Fish with Professional fishing Guide Keith Parks.

Hire a Local Fishing Guide

Sometimes it is best to hire a local guide rather than DIY fishing.  If you are planning a fishing trip to Lake Tawakoni, we suggest reaching out and booking a day of fishing.

Messin’ with the Fish


Messin’ With the Fish Guide Service and Guide Keith Parks offers fishing trips on Lake Tawakoni Texas full of fun and memories. He Targets Trophy Catfish, Stripers, Hybrids, and White Bass as well as eater size Catfish.

Keith Parks

Keith Parks is the owner and operator of Messin’ With the Fish Guide Service. He is a full-time low-pressure guide on Lake Tawakoni born and raised right here in Texas. This is his only passion in life next to his family. Lake Tawakoni has been Guide Keith’s home and favorite fishing reservoir for over 28 years.

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