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In addition to reporting for Lake Pro Guides, Paul Keith is a licensed guide who owns and operates Caddo Lake Guide Service. Paul was practically raised on Caddo’s shores and now helps anglers of all abilities, and some of whom are pretty famous, seek out their personal best catch. Being the only full-time guide on Caddo means that Paul gets out over 300 days a year. He’s caught many bass over 8 pounds and several in the double-digit range. Paul’s personal best catch on Caddo is 13.76 … but he knows there’s a bigger fish with his name on it.
Paul says the reason he loves fishing Caddo is that it is the only natural lake in Texas, with a nice shallow profile. Plus, he says the Cypress Forest of Caddo makes it one of the most beautiful places he’s ever seen. In fact, Caddo lays claim to having the largest Cypress Forest in the world, which provides a lot of unique fishing opportunities you just can’t find anywhere else.
Fishing Lake Caddo
According to Caddo legend, which Paul can tell you all about if you book a trip with him, the lake was either formed by an earthquake in the early 1800s or by the "Great Raft", a 100-mile log jam on the Red River that backed up water into the lowlands of north Caddo Parish in Louisiana. Either way, he and many others will tell you it is one of the most challenging and scenic fisheries in Texas.
The Cypress Forest provides lots of cover for bass to lay in wait for their prey, and lots of structure to where they can hide from predation (meaning you) and in which lures are sure to get caught. While Caddo is good for a variety of species, like Crappie, Catfish, Chain pickerel, White & yellow bass and Sunfish, it is notorious for bass of 8 pounds or more.
Lake Caddo Fishing Regulations
Since Caddo lies on the border between Texas and Louisiana, limits for catfish, crappie, white bass and black bass apply on both the Texas and Louisiana portions of the lake. Regulations for some other species may differ between the two states.
See Texas bag and size limits for Caddo Lake.
For details on Louisiana regulations, visit the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Canyon Lake Fishing Guide Evan Coleman
Evan Coleman is the owner of Big Bassin' Fishing Tours and the Lake Pro Guide for Canyon Lake. Evan started bass fishing at a very early age and his passion for the sport just keeps growing. When he was just 12, he started fishing tournaments in the local clubs and moved on to tournament trails in high school, and then moved to the college series once he enrolled at Texas State. While in college, Evan traveled the country with the tournaments, learning how to fish different types of lakes and conditions. In 2016, he placed second in the country at the College BASS national championship classic bracket. He started his own fishing guide business in 2015 because he wanted to share his passion for bass fishing and teach others how to be successful. In addition to Canyon, Evan guides on 12 other lakes in central Texas.
Evan likes guiding on Canyon because he thinks it is such a beautiful lake and because it is where he learned to fish for bass. He also appreciates the challenge Canyon presents. Evan's personal best for Canyon is largemouth bass weighing 7 pounds 1 ounce.
Fishing Canyon Lake
Water impoundment for the Canyon Reservoir began in 1964 and the conservation pool level was reached in 1968. Located on Guadalupe River, the Canyon Reservoir, now called Canyon Lake, is home to an abundance of white-tailed deer, foxes, roadrunners, and other wildlife, as well as the 64-acre Canyon Lake Gorge and is often referred to as “The Jewel” of the Texas Hill Country.”
Like other highland reservoirs, Canyon Lake is dominated by steep rocky banks, isolated flooded timber, and all this structure provides excellent cover for game fish - especially bass. The water clarity is generally clear but becomes stained as you move up the reservoir and into the river. The river portion of the reservoir is dominated by flooded timber, rock ledges, and laydowns.
If you are angling for largemouth bass, you’ll be most successful on Canyon Lake during the spring, fall, and winter months. When the water level is high, you are most likely to find largemouth suspending in flooded terrestrial vegetation. The record largemouth bass for Canyon Lake was caught on July 10, 2001 and was 26” long and weighed 11.69 pounds.
Evan's personal best on Choke Canyon is a largemouth bass weighing in at 10 pounds 3 ounces. He loves fishing Choke Canyon because he loves fishing grass and this lake has plenty of it. Plus, Choke Canyon has a ton of fish and a ton of big ones, to boot. Evan goes there to fish when he wants to nail a new technique.
Fishing Choke Canyon Reservoir
Choke Canyon lies in the thick of the brushy heartland of the South Texas Plains, where it is said that "everything sticks, stings, or stinks." The Choke Canyon Dam which creates the reservoir, is located approximately 4 miles west of Three Rivers in Live Oak County, on the Frio River, a major tributary of the Nueces River. The reservoir provides drinking water for the city of Corpus Christi, and excellent fishing opportunities for anglers of all abilities, particularly those fishing for largemouth bass and catfish.
When fishing Choke Canyon, you can expect the water clarity to typically range from clear to slightly stained. The reservoir offers a range of habitat, including isolated beds of water stargrass, American pondweed, coontail, cattail, rushes, steep rocky banks, flooded timber, shallow brushy flats, and creek channels. You will also find moderate densities of hydrilla.
The record largemouth bass for Choke Canyon Reservoir is 15.45 pounds.