About The Lake
Location: On Big Cypress Bayou on the Texas-Louisiana state line, northeast of Marshall in Harrison and Marion counties
Surface area: 26,800 acres
Maximum depth: 20 feet
Impounded: First dam built in 1914, replaced in 1971
Water Conditions
Conservation Pool Elevation: 168.5 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 4-8 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderately clear to stained
Predominant Fish Species
  • Largemouth bass
  • Crappie
  • Catfish
  • Chain pickerel
  • White & yellow bass
  • Sunfish.
Fishing Regulations
Game fishes on the Texas side of the lake are managed under statewide regulations with the exception of largemouth bass, which is subject to a 14-18 inch slot length limit, 5 fish daily bag limit. Louisiana harvest regulations differ for many species and apply when fishing the Louisiana side of Caddo Lake. For more information, visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website or call (318) 676-7594.
Largemouth bass is the most popular sportfish at Caddo Lake with good numbers of trophy-size bass (over 8 lbs) available. The lake also supports quality crappie, white bass, and sunfish fisheries. Channel, blue, and flathead catfish are present and provide good seasonal fishing opportunities. Chain pickerel, a smaller cousin of the northern pike, is also present and frequently sought by anglers because of its sporting qualities.
Fishing Structure
Caddo began as a natural lake, but was dammed for flood control in the early 1900s. Native and non-native aquatic vegetation covers approximately 95 percent of the lake’s surface area in Texas. Inundated baldcypress trees are scattered throughout this comparatively shallow water body and provide excellent fish habitat. Man-made structures such as fishing piers and duck blinds also provide habitat for cover-seeking species.
Fishing Tips
Although largemouth bass fishing is good throughout the year, the time to fish for trophy fish is spring, with March being the most productive month. Crappie fishing is most productive in winter and early spring with good numbers of legal-size fish available for harvest. Peak fishing time for white bass occurs during winter and early spring in areas where water current is present. Chain pickerel are also good at this time of the year; the best habitat to fish is around submerged aquatic vegetation. Late spring and early summer is a most productive time to fish for sunfishes and catfishes at Caddo Lake.

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