Fishing Regulations

Most fishes are currently managed under statewide regulations. Two exceptions are:

  • for largemouth bass, a minimum length limit of 18 inches
  • for red drum, a minimum length of 20 inches, with no maximum length and a daily bag limit of 3 fish

Angling Opportunities

Anglers should not miss the opportunity to fish for red drum in a location that does not require travel to the coast. The freshwater record (36.83 lbs) was caught in Lake Fairfield. Largemouth bass angling is excellent due to the abundant forage and year-round growing season in this heated water. Channel catfish grow rapidly and provide opportunity for high catch rates of large fish.

Fishing Cover/Structure

Inundated timber is abundant in the upper end of the lake and in both coves on the east side. Hydrilla forms a fringe around the reservoir out to approximately 5 feet. Pockets of native pondweed provide openings in the hydrilla and make good ambush points. The heated cove in this power plant cooling lake provides warm water even in the winter. Emergent cattails and cutgrass grow in shallow water on the shoreward side of the hydrilla.

Tips & Tactics

Largemouth bass angling starts December-February, earlier in the year than most lakes due to the heated water. Many anglers report success using jigs and pigs or lizards pitched into the openings behind cattails and cutgrass. Fishing for catfish can be productive by drifting live bait across the points along the area opposite of the TXU picnic area. Trolling along the west shoreline and along the dam can be productive for red drum.

Our bait recommendations

Here's the baits that our Pros love for this lake.