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Fishing Lake Jacksonville

For much info on fishing Lake Jacksonville, go to the Texas Parks & Wildlife page about Lake Jacksonville

Lake Characteristics

  • Location: 3 miles southwest of Jacksonville off US 79
  • Surface area: 1,320 acres
  • Maximum depth: 62 feet
  • Impounded: 1957

Water Conditions

  • Current Lake Level
  • Conservation Pool Elevation: 422 ft. msl
  • Fluctuation: 3 feet
  • Normal Clarity: Clear to fairly clear

Fishing Maps

Fishing Regulations

Most species are managed with statewide regulations. One exception is a minimum length limit of 18 inches for Largemouth Bass (also known as Black Bass). The daily bag limit for Largemouth and Spotted Bass (also known as Kentucky Bass) is five fish in any combination.

Triploid Grass Carp Permit is in effect on this lake. If a grass carp is caught, it must be immediately returned to the water unharmed. Bowfishing for grass carp is strictly prohibited.

Fishing Cover/Structure

Anglers need to find deep structure to catch a volume of fish. Largemouth Bass should be sought along the face of the dam and around patches of native vegetation in Cat Creek and Byrd Branch. Dropoffs along the island across from the marina can also be productive.

For contour and landmarks, check the Fishing Map of Lake Jacksonville.


The Lake Jacksonville Concession Area maintains serveral screened shelters, several camping sites with water and electricity, and ten R.V. pads with water and electricity. There are three boat ramps on the lake and two public swimming areas. The camping area also has restroom facilities with showers for the campers.

There are picnic tables in the public area, which is located by one of the swimming areas.

For information on renting an RV pad, shelter or campsite on Lake Jacksonville, call the city at 903-589-3510.

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