Lake Tawakoni Catfish, Catfish Guide Lake Tawakoni

Lake Tawakoni Catfish 

Lake Tawakoni Catfish grow big very fast!  This makes Lake Tawakoni the Catfish Capital of Texas!  Come fish Lake Tawakoni with the best Catfish Guide, Andrew Taylor!  We target Blue Catfish on Lake Tawakoni from November to March!

About Blue Catfish

The blue catfish is the largest species of North American catfish, reaching a length of 65 inches and a weight of 150 pounds. The average length is about 25–46 inches. The fish can live to 20 years. The native distribution of blue catfish is primarily in the Mississippi River drainage, including the Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Arkansas Rivers, and the Rio Grande, and south along the Gulf Coast to Belize and Guatemala. 

Trophy Blue Catfish

These large catfish have also been introduced in a number of reservoirs and rivers, notably the Santee Cooper lakes of Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie in South Carolina, the James River in Virginia, Powerton Lake in Pekin, Illinois, and Springfield Lake in Springfield, Illinois. This fish is also found in some lakes in Florida.  The fish is considered an invasive pest in some areas, particularly the Chesapeake Bay.

About Channel Catfish

The channel catfish is North America’s most numerous catfish species. It is the official fish of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Tennessee, and is informally referred to as a “channel cat”. In the United States, they are the most fished catfish species with approximately 8 million anglers targeting them per year. The popularity of channel catfish for food has contributed to the rapid expansion of aquaculture of this species in the United States.

About Flathead Catfish

The flathead catfish, also called by several names including mudcat, or shovelhead cat, is a large species of North American freshwater catfish. It is the only species of the genus Pylodictis. Ranging from the lower Great Lakes region to northern Mexico, they have been widely introduced and are an invasive species in some areas.

Lake Tawakoni Characteristics

We are very lucky to have a great Lake like Tawakoni so close to a major metropolitan area!  Lake Tawakoni is only 90 miles east of DFW airport!  The Jewel of East Texas, Lake Tawakoni is a great destination for anglers and nature lovers!

Location: In Van Zandt, Rains, and Hunt counties, 15 miles southeast of Greenville on Caddo Creek and the South Fork and Cowleech Fork of the Sabine River

Surface area: 37,879 acres

Maximum depth: 70 feet

Impounded: 1960

Lake Tawakoni Camping

You will find great camping opportunities at Lake Tawakoni, both Tent and RV sites!  Lake Tawakoni cabins are a popular choice as well!  If you are looking for the most popular destination on this impoundment, better check out Lake Tawakoni State Park!  Camping, RV sites, showers, and clean restrooms make this the number one destination for anglers on Lake Tawakoni!  We mention most of these destinations in our Lake Tawakoni Fishing Report blog!

Lake Tawakoni Fish Species

Striped bass, hybrid striped bass and white bass are vital to the local economy, providing excellent fisheries especially in the lake’s open water areas. Striped and hybrid bass are stocked annually by TPWD to maintain the fisheries. Channel and blue catfish are abundant, along with limited numbers of flathead catfish. Largemouth bass is also a popular sportfish in this reservoir. Crappie fishing can be good around standing timber, bridge pilings, and artificial fish attractors.  Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guide targets Striper, White Bass, and Hybrid Striper year round!  We catch Trophy Blue Catfish from November to March!  Check out our Pictures of Big Blue Catfish!

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Lake Tawakoni Catfish Report

Andrew Taylor is a Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guide who shares the best information about Blue Catfish and Striped Bass! Our Lake Tawakoni Catfish Report blog offers the best tips, hot spots, and water conditions!  If you are an angler interested in Blue Catfish, White Bass, Hybrid Striper, and Striper fishing on Lake Tawakoni subscribe to our RSS feed!  Follow our Tawakoni Fishing Report blog and get valuable information! Lake Tawakoni Catfish are special, come find out for yourself!

Lake Tawakoni Fishing Map

There are many Lake Tawakoni Fishing Maps on the market!  We advise a good topo map and software for your GPS-fish finder.  A quality topo map will show good fishing spots on Lake Tawakoni! A Lake Tawakoni depth map is important for boater safety!  You can find these Tawakoni Topo Maps online and at big box stores!

What is the Best Catfish Bait?

The hottest topic for all catfish anglers is BAIT!  What is the best bait for catching Blue Catfish on Lake Tawakoni?  A very easy question to answer!  Never use frozen bait, fresh bait will outfish frozen 10 to 1!  If you want to put Trophy Blue Catfish in the net, think BIG!  Yes big Gizzard Shad catch Big Blue Catfish!  Bait choice is personal preference, but we catch Trophy Blue Catfish on Lake Tawakoni all winter long and know Large Gizzard Shad work!  

Big Catfish Bait, Big Gizzard Shad

Use Big Gizzard Shad on lake Tawakoni to catch Trophy Blue Catfish

Blue Catfish Eating Machines

Blue catfish are eating machines. They spend much, if not all of their day chasing and eating fish and it’s usually the primary forage fish in the body of water they live in.  In most cases this will be threadfin shad, gizzard shad or skipjack herring.  It’s not uncommon to find blue cats with their bellies engorged with shad or skipjack and absolutely stuffed. It’s common to find them so full of bait fish they they regurgitate them or even have them hanging out of their mouths.  Most experienced blue cat anglers refer to them as “opportunistic predators” which is a fancy term that means they will eat dead or live bait. The bait of choice is almost always going to be their primary food source, which in most lakes is going to be shad or skipjack herring.

Fresh caught shad the best Blue Catfish Bait

Fresh baits will out fish frozen baits almost every day of the week and twice on Sunday in most instances.  Threadfin and gizzard shad can be fished whole wormed onto a hook, or cut into chunks. Skipjack are typically larger than shad and can be used whole for targeting large trophy class fish, For smaller blues skipjack is cut into strips or chunks tailored to the size catfish you’re targeting.  In the event that shad (or skipjack) are not present in a lake or river (which would be highly unlikely in a water body with a thriving population) then the best choice for catfish bait is going to be their primary food source in that body of water.

Article Source: Catfish Edge | Chad Ferguson | Best Catfish Bait: The Top 5 Catfish Baits Made Simple

How to Catch Blue Catfish?

A full time fishing guide gets to know his or her home waters very well.  We feel free to give quality information to all anglers.  Blue Catfish and Striper move form day to day and even hour to hour.  Most anglers are not on the water 300 days a year like we are!  Offering up answers to questions like, ” Where to find Blue Catfish?” is easy!  Blue Catfish will spend most of the summer up in creek or river arms.  Trophy Blue Catfish start to follow large schools of shad in the winter on the main lake flats!  We target Big Blue Catfish from November to March for a reason!  Catching Blue Catfish in the summer can be difficult!  We also like to put our customers on Lake Tawakoni Hybrid Stripers from April to October!  Lake Tawakoni should be the Hybrid Striper Capital of Texas!  Hybrid Striper Fishing on Lake Tawakoni is fantastic!

Lake Tawakoni Fishing Hot Spots

We share our Lake Tawakoni Fishing Hot Spots with all of our customers and anglers who read our catfishing blog!  Our Lake Tawakoni Fishing Report is updated once a month with fishing hot spots and much more!

Lake Tawakoni Catfish Record

If you would like a shot at the Lake Tawakoni Catfish Record, book a trip with Andrew Taylor!  Each Trophy Blue Catfish trip on Lake Tawakoni could be a record breaker!  Jody Jenkins owns the rod and reel record for a Blue Catfish on Lake Tawakoni!  The Trophy Blue Catfish caught February 15, 2014 weighed 87.5 pounds and the length was 52.5 inches!  Here are the rest of the Texas Water Body Records!  If you like Pictures of Big Blue Catfish, check out this link!


Fish Species on Tawakoni

MonthBlue CatfishStriperHybrid StriperWhite BassCrappieLargemouth Bass
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Lake Tawakoni Catfish-Guide Andrew Taylor

Lake Tawakoni is a Trophy Blue Catfish machine!  We target blue catfish starting November until mid March.  We are very lucky to have a lake with huge blue catfish and want to keep it that way for years to come.  We drift live bait over flats and humps all winter long!  The big blue catfish start to follow large schools of shad once the weather starts to cool off in November.  If you would like to get your picture with a big blue catfish, book your trip today!  Lake Tawakoni is a great fishery and has several species of fish that will keep you coming back for more!  Lake Tawakoni Catfish are truly special, come find out for yourself!

What You Need to Catfish Lake Tawakoni

If you wish to catch Blue Catfish on your own, you will need the following:

Cast net for bait fish: Cast netting is very popular, either in fresh or salt water, and can be used in different applications from Sport to Commercial fishing. Many people use cast nets, from kids to experienced professional fishermen, almost everywhere in the world.

How to Catfish Lake Tawakoni

A boat: You will need a boat to catch Big Blue Catfish on Lake Tawakoni.  Please be careful on the water and pay close attention to the weather!  Lake Tawakoni gets very tough when the north wind blows!

Live Bait Tanks are Important

Live Bait Tank: This is the number one piece of equipment you can not skimp on!  If you don’t have fresh live bait, you can not catch Blue Catfish on Lake Tawakoni!  Frozen is OUT and Fresh is in!  Here is a great article on the best live bait tanks!  Spend some money and get the best, you will be a better live bait angler!

Quality Rods and Reels: Don’t use your kids Barbie rod and reel combo on Lake Tawakoni!  You need a quality heavy rod that can bring a 40 pound plus Blue Catfish to the net!  A heavy reel with quality fishing line is needed!  Lake Tawakoni Catfish can wreck a reel and rod in a hurry.  Make sure you have quality gear to put blue catfish in the net!  If you don’t want to mess around with all the above, or don’t have a boat, book a trip with Andrew Taylor today!

Striper Fishing

You will need the same gear for Striper Fishing Lake Tawakoni.  We use live bait most of the year for Striper and Catfish. Once again your live bait tank is your best friend.  Buy a quality bait tank and you will catch more Lake Tawakoni Striper!  You can lighten up a bit on your rods and reels, but you still need quality gear!  If you like to artificial lure fishing, here are the top three baits

Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guides Top Three Striper Lures

#1) Four Inch Banana Sassy Shad

#2) One and a Half Ounce Chartreuse Slab Spoon

#3) Five Arm Casting Umbrella Rig

Hybrid Striper Fishing

You can use the same gear for Hybrid Striper that you use for Striper on Lake Tawakoni!  These species of fish are often caught from the same school!  Hybrids are like footballs and very fun to catch!  Lake Tawakoni is one of the best Hybrid Striper Lakes in the Southwest!  Come enjoy a day of Hybrid Striper fishing on Lake Texoma!

White Bass Fishing

If you like to catch two pound white bass, Lake Tawakoni is your ticket!  White Bass are fun to catch, and better to eat!  If you want to have fun downsize your artificial lures, rods, and reels!  Ultra-Light gear is a fun way to fish for white bass on Lake Tawakoni!  Use smaller live bait (minnows are great too) and go small with your artificial lures.  3/4oz Slab Spoons, 3 inch Sassy Shad, and a 3 arm umbrella rigs!  You can fill up a cooler fast on Lake Tawakoni White Bass!

Crappie Fishing

Crappie are a very overlooked species on Lake Tawakoni!  Crappie fishing on Tawakoni is great most of the year.  You can find good crappie fishing spots at Lake Tawakoni Fishing Piers and docks!  

10 Closest Hotels to Lake Tawakoni

Lake Tawakoni is located in East Texas and does not have many hotels!  Here is a link that will take you to the ten closest hotels to Lake Tawakoni.  We recommend a cabin or state park for your Lake Tawakoni overnight adventure.

Lake Tawakoni Cabins

Cabins are the way to go for your Lake Tawakoni overnight adventures!  Here are our top three cabin rentals on Lake Tawakoni!

#1) Shoestring Inn

#2) Anchor Inn

#3) Lake Tawakoni TreeHouse

State Parks

Lake Tawakoni State Park is fantastic and a great place to tent camp or park your RV.  Clean restrooms and showers, and a great place for the kids to swim!  There are great bank fishing opportunities at the park too! 

Lake Tawakoni Marinas

Here is a list of the top three marinas on Lake Tawakoni.  You can launch a boat, camp, fish, or buy bait at most of these marinas!

#1) Tawakoni Marina

#2) Holiday Marina

#3) Anchor Inn Marina

We can arrange your lodging and take care of your family or corporate group.  We can accommodate any size group, so book your trip with the best Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guide today!

Lake Tawakoni Fishing Guides Favorite Recipes

The only thing better than catching fish on lake Tawakoni is eating them!  Here are our favorite catfish and striped bass recipes!

Fried Catfish Recipe

Jack’s Fried Catfish

  • 6 (4- to 6-ounce) catfish fillets
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Vegetable oil

Sprinkle evenly with 1 teaspoon salt. Dredge catfishfillets in cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess. Pour oil to depth of 1 1/2 inches into a large skillet; heat to 350°. Fry fillets, in batches, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Blackened Catfish Recipe

 Blackened Catfish

2 tablespoons paprika
2 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
1 1⁄2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground pepper
1 1⁄2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon thyme
6 catfish fillets
1 cup unsalted butter, melted

Dip catfish into melted butter and coat both sides of fish with spice mixture, using about 1 T spice mixture for each fillet. Place 3 fillets at a time in hot skillet. Drizzle each fillet with 1 T melted butter. Cook over high heat about 2 minutes per side or until fish flakes easily.

Baked Catfish Recipe

Herb Baked Catfish

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Arrange catfish fillets in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Combine parsley, paprika, thyme, oregano, basil, and black pepper in a small bowl; sprinkle herb mixture over fish. …
  3. Bake in preheated oven until fish is easily flaked with a fork, about 20 minutes.
Baked Striped Bass Recipe

Herb and Lemon Roasted Striped Bass

  • 4 (6-ounce) striped bass fillets
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Place fish on pan. Grate lemon rind to measure 1 teaspoon; juice lemon to measure 1 tablespoon. Combine rind, juice, oil, thyme, oregano, salt, and black pepper; drizzle mixture over fish. Bake at 425° for 13 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.

Whole Striped Bass Recipe



Rub the bottom of a roasting pan with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Place 1/2 of the parsley, dill, lemon and onion in the center of the roasting pan. Make sure that this mound of aromatics is high enough to prevent the fish from touching the bottom of the pan. Rub the fish inside and out with 1 tablespoon of the oil.


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