Fishing at Lake Jacksonville, Texas


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To combat the spread of invasive zebra mussels, boaters and anglers in some North Texas and Central Texas counties are required to drain water from boats and on-board receptacles when leaving or approaching a public water body. Check to see if Cherokee county is on the list.

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ANGLING OPPORTUNITIES

Jacksonville can be a difficult lake to fish, but it has produced largemouth bass in excess of 15 pounds. Spotted bass are also present in this lake. Crappie are not particularly abundant but are usually well above the 10-inch minimum length. The catfish population is limited by largemouth bass predation and catch rates can be low.

Largemouth bass
Spotted bass
Catfish
Crappie


PREDOMINANT FISH SPECIES

Largemouth Bass (aka Black Bass, Green Trout, Bigmouth Bass, Lineside Bass)
Spotted Bass (aka Kentucky Spotted Bass, Spotted Black Bass)
Catfish
Crappie (aka White Perch, Sac-a-lait, Calico Bass)

Bass Identification Guide
Channel and Blue Catfish Identification Guide


TIPS & TACTICS

Anglers need to find deep structure to catch many fish. Look for largemouth bass along the face of the dam and around patches of native vegetation in Cat Creek and Byrd Branch. Dropoffs along the island across from the marina can also be productive.


FISHING COVER / STRUCTURE

Although hydrilla was a problem in the past, the City of Jacksonville has enacted an integrated management plan using chemical, biological, and environmental intervention to combat the problem. The topography of Lake Jacksonville is steeper than most East Texas lakes and features abundant iron ore rock substrate on points and riprap along the dam. Angling success is best on deep structure, brush piles, and around lighted piers.


AQUATIC VEGETATION

Sparse.


FISHING REGULATIONS

This reservoir has special regulations on some fishes. See bag and size limits for this lake.

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