TPWD District Fisheries Office

PO Box 1446
Pottsboro, Texas 75076
(903) 786-2389
Dan Bennett, Biologist

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Davy Crockett Lake

Quick Links: Fishing Regulations | Angling Opportunities | Cover & Structure | Tips & Tactics

Lake Characteristics

Location: Northeast Fannin County in the Caddo National Grasslands Wildlife Management Area, approximately 14 miles east-northeast of Bonham
Surface area: 355 acres
Maximum depth: 20 feet
Impounded: 1938

Water Conditions

Current Lake Level: Contact controlling authority
Conservation Pool Elevation: 487 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderate
Normal Clarity: Moderate

Reservoir Controlling Authority

US Forest Service
PO Box 507
Decatur, Texas 76234
(940) 627-5475

Aquatic Vegetation

Native emergent vegetation includes water willow, cattail, and bulrush. Native submerged vegetation includes coontail and native floating-leaved vegetation includes American lotus.

Predominant Fish Species

Lake Records
Stocking History
Latest Survey Report

Lake Maps

Available for a fee from US Forest Service Office (940) 627-5475

Fishing Regulations

Special bass limits and gear restrictions are in effect on this lake.

Angling Opportunities
Species Poor Fair Good Excellent
Largemouth Bass       yes
Catfish     yes  
Crappie     yes  
Sunfish       yes
Fishing Cover/Structure

The lake has significant amounts of submerged aquatic vegetation, and most of the shoreline is ringed with water willow and some stands of cattail and bulrush. There are small coves, an island, cut banks, and some rip-rap along the dam.

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass can be caught pretty much all year, but spring and fall are best. Start out early in the morning with topwater baits. When the sun gets up, shift to plastic worms. Black or June bug rigged Texas style is hard to beat. Fish for channel catfish any time, but May-June and October-December are best. Use the old tried and true stink bait, livers, or crawfish. Crappie fishing is best in the winter and spring with jigs or minnows. Fish along the edge of the cattails, quietly. Bluegill fishing is best in warmer weather. These fish are best caught on worms around the water willow or cattails.