Bass Fishing in White Rock Lake: Top spot in Texas

Tom Keer

Anglers in large metropolitan areas often suffer from a lack of fishing opportunities. But bass fishing at White Rock Lake, 15 minutes from downtown Dallas, offers excellent fishing near an urban setting. It is located in White Rock Lake Park and is the best in the Dallas Park System. Over 1,000,000 people visit the park, many of them fishermen.

White Rock Lake fishing is relatively easy. The 1,088 acre lake’s maximum depth is 20 feet, so splitting the water column is a synchronization. Boats are allowed, but there is a limit of 9.9 horsepower. Electric trolling motors are also allowed. If you prefer paddling, contact the White Rock Paddle Company and rent a kayak or canoe. There are also eight piers. Swimming is not allowed and neither is wading fishing.

It’s just as easy to fish in White Rock Lake Bass. There is a good amount of submerged vegetation, and these plants provide aquatic insect life and solid bait fish populations. Common species are stocks of water willow and rushes, and they are great as ambushes for largemouth bass. The lake is fed by White Rock Creek and is a tributary of the Trinity River, another of the better fishing spots in Dallas. Late winter and early spring are the best places for fishing to be upstream. You will find that it is a great spot for seasonal white crappie.

Largemouth bass and catfish are two other popular species that must be caught. Spring, fall, and winter are the best times for bass fishing at White Rock Lake. Summer temperatures can be hot in Dallas. So if you go on the water in the morning or in the evening, do this. Rubber worms, spinner baits, and spinners and spoons work well with the bass. Live baits like shiners and minnows are also good and use chicken liver or shade for the catfish.

When fishing at White Rock Lake, keep in mind that other people also use the lake. Therefore, be sure to share the resource with runners, sailors and canoeists. Once in Dallas, get a fishing license and go!

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Tom Keer

Tom Keer is an award-winning writer living on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He is a columnist for the Upland Almanac, a contributing writer for Covey Rise magazine, a contributing editor for Fly Rod and Reel and Fly Fish America, and a blogger for the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s Take Me Fishing program. Keer is a regular contributor to over a dozen outdoor magazines on topics including fishing, hunting, boating, and other outdoor activities. When not fishing, Keer and his family hunt highland birds over their three English setters. His first book, A New England Coast Fly Fishing Guide, was published in January 2011. Visit him at or