Fishing at Lake Winnsboro, Texas
Reservoir Controlling Authority:
Wood County District 4
(903) 629-7317

Aquatic Vegetation:

The shoreline of Lake Winnsboro is fringed with native emergent vegetation such as maidencane and cutgrass. Submerged and floating types are scarce.

Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, catfish, crappie and sunfish. All species are currently managed under Texas statewide regulations.

Largemouth bass is a popular sportfish in this lake. The quality of crappie fishing is sporadic. Bluegill and redear sunfish provide an additional fishery. Blue and channel catfish have been stocked, but are generally uncommon.

Fishing Cover/Structure:

Aquatic vegetation is scarce. The lake has areas of flooded timber and a small number of boat houses which provide additional cover.

Fishing Tips & Tactics:

Largemouth bass anglers are most successful on this reservoir during the spring, fall, and winter months. Although some trophy bass have been caught in Lake Winnsboro, the lake is better known for high catch rates than trophies. Topwater baits are popular in the early morning and evening hours. Crankbaits and spinnerbaits fished along main-lake points, and flooded timber are also productive. Popular soft plastic baits include worms, tubes, grubs, and soft-jerkbaits. Flipping weedless rigged softplastics among the maidencane and emergent vegetation can be an effective presentation in the spring. Crappie can be found in good numbers in the upper end of the reservoir in the early spring near the “iron bridge” on CR 4870.
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