Just because you live in the city doesn’t mean there’s no place to fish. Deep lakes and rolling rivers provide some of the best fishing in the Fort Worth area, with ample opportunities to catch bass, catfish and more.
- Lake Worth – This 3,500-acre reservoir on the West Fork of the Trinity River is just minutes from downtown Fort Worth. Fishing for catfish is excellent, and blue catfish over 40 pounds are not uncommon. Lots of crappie are also available, especially in early spring around reeds, brush piles and boat docks.
- Eagle Mountain Lake – With more than 8,700 acres of water, Eagle Mountain Lake is one of the largest reservoirs in the Fort Worth area, and an outstanding crappie and white bass fishery. Both species tend to form schools around boat houses and docks in summer.
- Trinity River – The West Fork of the Trinity River flows right through downtown Fort Worth, with half a dozen parks that provide access. In addition to stocked rainbow trout, the river also supports native bass, panfish and catfish. The current is generally slow and calm, making the river perfect for canoes, kayaks and float tubes.
- Grapevine Lake – Grapevine Lake spans nearly 3,700 acres on Elm Creek, about 30 minutes north of Fort Worth. One of the best bass lakes in the area, Grapevine Lake has a rocky shoreline and underwater drop-offs that hold lots of 5 to 8 pound bass, and a special slot limit helps promote the release of larger bass.
- Lake Arlington – Just shy of 2,000 acres, Lake Arlington is another top bass lake, with Florida strain largemouths that can exceed 10 pounds. Excellent fishing for catfish, crappie and white bass is also available, and the lake is just 10 minutes from downtown Fort Worth.
A current Texas fishing license is required to fish at all fishing spots in Fort Worth. You can purchase a license at most bait and tackle shops in the Fort Worth area, or online through the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.