PO Box 1446
Pottsboro, Texas 75076
Dan Bennett, Biologist
Bonham City Lake
Location: Three miles northeast of Bonham
off FM 273
Surface area: 1,020 acres
Maximum depth: 30 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 565 ft. msl
Normal Clarity: Moderate
Reservoir Controlling Authority
City of Bonham
301 East 5th Street
Bonham, Texas 75418
Native emergent vegetation includes cattail, pondweed, and American lotus. Native submerged vegetation includes bushy pondweed and coontail.
Predominant Fish Species
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
Most of the shoreline is ringed with cattails which provide some cover for small fishes. Scattered boat houses also provide cover for largemouth bass, crappie, and sunfish. There is a modest amount of standing timber and cut banks which provide habitat for catfish. Probably some of the best cover is provided by the 1.5 miles of rip-rap along the dam.
Fish the dam with spinner baits in the spring for largemouth bass. Spinner baits are also good in the many coves that are lined with cattails. The edges of the cattails hold lots of bass. Later on in the summer and into fall go to worms and crankbaits for bass. Crappie fishing is best in the winter and early spring. In the winter they are deep in schools near cover and in the spring they move into the shallow shoreline to spawn. Jigs or minnows are baits of choice. Channel and blue catfish are best from late winter through the fall. Drift fish using liver, blood bait, crawfish, or cheese.