Nacogdoches Lake

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Nacogdoches Lake is located approximately 10 miles west of Nacogdoches, in Nacogdoches County, of FM 225. The lake is 2,212 surface acres, with an average maximum depth of 40 feet. Primary aquatic vegetation in the lake consists of hydrilla and American lotus. Habitat in Nacogdoches Lake consists of aquatic vegetation (mainly hydrilla and American lotus) and boat docks. Largemouth bass are typically found around vegetation edges, points, and creek channels.

The most popular game fish at Nacogdoches Lake is the largemouth bass. Numbers of bass are relatively high and an excellent fishery exists. Due to the 16-inch maximum length limit, Nacogdoches is known for producing trophy-sized bass and has produced three fish exceeding 13 pounds. Crappie and catfish are present in the reservoir, but numbers are relatively low and few anglers target these species. Bluegill and redear sunfish are present in high numbers and provide good fishing, 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. A variety of baits and techniques will work during these times. When fish are active, crankbaits and spinnerbaits worked over the vegetation will catch bass. During the hot summer, the bite usually slows and fish activity is usually concentrated during early morning, late evening, and at night. Topwater baits are good choices during low light conditions. As the sun rises, most bass are concentrated in or around vegetation edges, or seek refuge on deep creek channel ledges. During this time, plastic worms, jigs, and Carolina rigs are the preferred baits. 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. For largemouth bass, only fish 16 inches and less may be retained, except that any bass 24 inches or longer may be retained in a livewell or other aerated holding device, weighed with personal scales, and then immediately released or donated to the ShareLunker program. All other species are managed under statewide regulations.

Public Ramps

Eastside Park

  • Located off CR 225, 8 miles west of Nacogdoches Loop 224, turn north at park sign to lake
  • One-lane boat ramp
  • No fee required
  • Open all year, park closes at 10 pm
  • Operated by City of Nacogdoches (936) 564-3708

Westside Park

  • Located off CR 225, 9 miles west of Nacogdoches Loop 224, turn north at park sign to lake.
  • Two-lane ramp will accommodate all boat types
  • No fee required
  • Open all year, park closes at 10 pm
  • Operated by City of Nacogdoches (936) 564-3708
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