Best fishing spots in Dallas and what to catch

Andy Whitcomb

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Spending some time in Dallas, Texas and want to know where to fish? There are excellent fishing opportunities in Texas. One way to find the best Dallas fishing spots is to check the local fishing reviews online. Dallas falls under the Prairies and Lakes region of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

As you’d expect, the fishing spots in Dallas can be great. For example, just a few miles northeast of the Dallas Highway loop is massive Lake Ray Hubbard, covering nearly 22,000 acres. It has plenty of boat ramps, disabled access, and places for boating fuel and live bait. Perhaps more importantly, it has become a dominant hybrid fishery for striped bass and blue catfish.

If you’re looking for a smaller Dallas fishing spot, you can try White Rock Lake, which is just over 1,000 acres and limits boat engines to 9.9 horsepower. It advertises a good number of largemouth bass and crappies that can reach 2.5 pounds.

Dallas has smaller fishing spots like Bachman Lake near the airport. There is 132 acres of crappie fishing with plenty of inshore fishing available. And there are urban parks like William Blair Junior Park, which has fish ponds with easy access.

And while you’re looking for the best spots for fishing in Texas, you’ll find that many of these impoundments are tributaries of the Trinity River. For the really adventurous, the Trinity River is famous for its huge alligator gar fishing. Practice catching and releasing these toothy animals, which can reach over 200 pounds, and note that spawning seasons and areas are protected.

Doing online research ahead of time to find places to fish in Texas can save you time and frustration by, for example, finding out if the boat ramps at Joe Pool Lake may still be closed due to flooding. And make sure your boat registration is up to date before hitting the water.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida but raised on the banks of farm ponds in Oklahoma, he now hunts pike, small bass and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After graduating from OSU with a degree in zoology, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, in the US state of Iowa and Michigan.