PO Box 116
Mathis, Texas 78368
Greg Binion, Biologist
- Brackenridge Recreation Complex
891 Brackenridge Parkway
Edna, Texas 77957
Location: Jackson County, eight miles east
of Edna, Texas on US 59
Surface area: 9,727 acres
Maximum depth: 58 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 43.99 ft. msl
Fluctuation: High, 10-15 feet
Normal Clarity: Stained to muddy
Reservoir Controlling Authority
Lavaca-Navidad River Authority
PO Box 429
Edna, Texas 77957
Lake Texana contains many native and exotic species of aquatic vegetation. Large stands of water hyacinth are present throughout the reservoir. Moderate densities of giant salvinia, hydrilla, coontail, spikerush, cattail, pondweed, and bulrush are also present. Please help prevent the spread of these exotic plants by cleaning all vegetation from boats and trailers before launching and after recovering boats from Lake Texana.
Predominant Fish Species
Detailed fishing maps are commercially available at most local bait and tackle dealers.
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
Blue catfish and largemouth bass are the most popular sportfish in the reservoir. Blue catfish are abundant with frequent reports of large stringers. Flathead and channel catfish also provide noteworthy fisheries. Fishing for largemouth bass has improved in recent months. White bass provide excellent angling opportunities in the Navidad and Sandy Creek channels during the cooler months and in the main reservoir near the dam during summer. Although crappie fishing can be tough in the summer, respectable catches are not uncommon during the spring.
|Blue & Flathead Catfish|
Lake Texana contains vast floating beds of water hyacinth which provide marginal habitat for most sportfish species. Isolated beds of hydrilla, coontail, and other submerged aquatic vegetation provide the best habitat for largemouth bass. Most of the reservoir contains submerged timber and numerous stumps, ideal structure for catfish species. In periods of high water, flooded terrestrial vegetation provides excellent habitat for all game fish species. The Navidad River channel and the adjacent shallow area called the "jungle" is a favorite bass fishing area, water level permitting.
Catfish anglers utilize juglines and trotlines in their pursuit
of flathead, blue, and channel catfish. Rod and reel anglers often fish creek
channels and submerged terrestrial vegetation, water level permitting. Popular
baits for catfish include stinkbait, cheesebait, live sunfish or shad, and
cut bait. Largemouth bass anglers prefer spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, jigs,
Texas-rigged soft plastics, and tube baits in either dark or white and chartreuse
colors. Working any visible laydowns, submerged brush, and vegetation in or
near deeper water (5 feet or more) is a popular tactic for largemouth bass.
Shallow gravel bars near creek channels are often productive when found near
a dropoff or steep bank.
Crappie anglers concentrate on the edges of water hyacinth in the creek channels during the spring, dabbling small white, pink, or black and chartreuse crappie jigs near shore. Submerged brush in 4-5 feet of water within a creek channel is often an overlooked holding area for large crappie in the spring. White bass concentrate in the Navidad River and Sandy Creek channels in December and January in preparation for their annual spawning "run" and can be caught using small rattletraps, inline spinners, minnow imitating jigs, and live minnows under a bobber. The most effective artificial baits during this period are white or chrome in color. Locating schooling fish on a depth finder and fishing live bait at the correct depth may prove more productive.