Lake Pinkston

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Lake Pinkston is located 10 miles west of Center in Shelby County, on State Highway 7. The lake is 523 surface acres, with an average maximum depth of 45 feet. Aquatic vegetation in the lake consists primarily of non-native submersed vegetations such as hydrilla and milfoil, but a variety of native aquatic plants are also established in the lake. Habitat in Pinkston Reservoir consists of submerged aquatic vegetation and standing timber. Hydrilla is the predominant plant species, although native plants (i.e., coontail, pondweed, and lily pads) are also present. Game fish are typically found around vegetation edges, points, and creek channels.

The most popular game fish at Pinkston Reservoir is the largemouth bass. Numbers of bass are relatively high and an excellent fishery exists. The lake record is a whopping 16.9 pounds! Due to the popularity of bass fishing here, few anglers fish for crappie but a good fishery is present, especially for large crappie. Catfish have been stocked but numbers are low. Bluegill are present in high numbers and provide fast action, especially for youth or inexperienced anglers. Anglers are most successful at catching largemouth bass during the fall, winter, and spring months. Due to cooler water temperatures, fish are active for longer periods of the day and are typically found in shallow water.

When fish are active, crankbaits and spinnerbaits are usually the preferred choice. During the hot summer, the bite usually slows and fish activity is usually concentrated during early morning, late evening, and at night. Poppers, propeller baits, stickbaits, and flukes are good topwater choices during low light conditions. As the sun rises, most bass concentrate in or around vegetation edges or seek refuge on deep creek channel ledges. During this time, plastic worms and jigs are the preferred baits. However, Pinkston is known for its schooling bass, especially close to the dam. Small topwaters and crankbaits are good choices for schooling fish.

Crappie fishing is good year-round with jigs and minnows. During the spring spawn, anglers target shallow areas around vegetation. During other times of the year, fish are typically concentrated in deeper water around brush. Sunfish, especially bluegill and redear sunfish, can be caught year-round but fishing peaks during the late spring or summer when fish are on their spawning beds. Small jigs, spinners, and crickets all catch sunfish.

Most species are regulated under existing statewide regulations with one exception. That exception is a 14 to 21 inch slot length limit on laregemouth bass. Only one largemouth bass greater than 21 inches may be retained each day. A Triploid Grass Carp Permit is in effect on this lake. If a grass carp is caught, it must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. Trotlines are not allowed on this lake.

Public Ramps

Dam Area

  • Located off CR 1510, 2.25 miles north of CR 1230/Texas 21 junction near Aiken
  • One-lane boat ramp
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by City of Center (936) 598-2941

Sandy Creek Park

  • Located off CR 1211, 1 mile north of Texas 21/CR 1211 junction in Aiken
  • One-lane boat ramp
  • No fee required
  • Open all year
  • Operated by City of Center (936) 598-2941
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