Lake Tawakoni Catfishing – The Catfish Capital of Texas
As a resident of Quinlan, TX, I know first hand why Lake Tawakoni has been called the catfish capitol of our state. Fishing here for big catfish is as simple as grabbing your rod and some bait and heading to the lake. It is also a good way to introduce your kids to the joy of fishing.
Lake Tawakoni is located approximately 50 miles east of Dallas, TX and well worth the drive. There are several public boat ramps and a state park on the south side of the lake. And there are plenty of access points to bank fish if you don't have a boat.
Frozen shad has been the most productive bait lately attracting one 40 pound blue cat caught by Marty Bradford of Quinlan and a blue cat weighing 23.8lbs. caught by myself. There have been several other fish caught weighing over 10 lbs.
The rigs that have been used to catch these fish has been a 1 ounce slip weight above a swivel or pinch weight that is then tied to a 5/0 hook. The hook is then inserted just below the spine behind the head. The hook is then inserted back Thur the tail area. This is done because catfish tend to attack their prey tail first. Your then ready to drop your bait into the water. Let the bait go all the way to the bottom. Once there, reel the bait about 6 inches off the bottom and hang on.
There is nothing like not knowing if you have hooked just an small one or the equivalent of an underwater bulldozer until the line starts to make rod shake and the drag scream. Either way, catfishing here is one of the best ways to have fun for yourself and your family.
Be sure that you check to be sure that you have your proper fishing licenses and all necessary equipment to be in compliance with local and state authorities. This make sure that you have an enjoyable day on the water.
So, good luck and good fishing.