Bonham State Park Lake
Location: In Bonham State Park southeast
of Bonham off Texas Highway 78
Surface area: 65 acres
Maximum depth: 19 feet
Impounded: 1934, renovated 1959
Conservation Pool Elevation: 608 ft. msl
Normal Clarity: Moderate
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Bushy pondweed, American lotus, black willow, cattail, buttonbush, and floating pondweed
Predominant Fish Species
A park map is available at park headquarters.
Being located within a state park, this lake is regulated as a Community Fishing Lake.
Bonham State Park Lake is a quiet little body of water nestled in the rolling hills of central Fannin County. Surrounded completely by state park property, this picturesque lake offers the ultimate in quiet-time fishing for the big four: largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, and bluegill.
The lake has plenty of submerged aquatic vegetation in the form of bushy pondweed and coontail. There are also stands of floating pondweed and American lotus. There is some submerged brush and rip-rap along the dam.
Fish for bass with topwater baits early and late, spinners in the spring, a Texas rigged plastic worm or grub in the summer, and crankbaits in the fall and winter. A canoe, kayak, or float tube works great fishing this lake. Shrimp, worms, or catfish stinkbait works for the channel catfish most any time, with the best action in late spring and early summer. Crappie school and go deep in the summer and winter, but can be found shallow in the spring and fall. Good catches are made on jigs and minnows. Bluegill are a "worm-fished-under-a-cork" angler's dream. Kids love them and Bonham State Park Lake is loaded.