Wright Patman

About The Lake

Location: On the Sulphur River in Bowie and Cass counties, 10 miles southwest of Texarkana
Surface area: 18,994 acres
Maximum depth: 40 feet
Impounded: 1956

Water Conditions
Conservation Pool Elevation: 220.6 ft. msl
Fluctuation: 4-5 feet
Normal Clarity: Moderate
Predominant Fish Species
  • Largemouth bass
  • Blue catfish
  • Channel catfish
  • Flathead catfish
  • Crappie
  • Sunfish
  • White & hybrid striped bass
Fishing Regulations

All species are currently managed with statewide regulations.

Opportunities
White bass and hybrid striped bass are two very popular sportfishes at Wright Patman. There is an abundance of both species with high numbers of quality-size fish available for harvest. White bass are native to the Sulphur River system; hybrid stripers have been stocked to enhance fishing opportunities. Crappie are also popular at Wright Patman, with large numbers of legal-size fish available. Both white and black crappie are present; white crappie dominates. Channel and blue catfish are both present, with high densities of quality size fish. Flathead catfish offer an additional angling experience. Largemouth bass are moderately abundant with good numbers of legal-size fish. Bluegill and redear sunfish also offer good fishing opportunities.
Fishing Structure

Structural habitat consists of inundated timber, brush, creek channels, and riprap. Submerged aquatic vegetation is coverage is low, however high densities of emergent and floating plants are present.

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