Pat Mayse Lake
Location: In Lamar County 12 miles north
of Paris on Sanders Creek, a tributary of the Red River
Surface area: 5,940 acres
Maximum depth: 55 feet
Current Lake Level
Conservation Pool Elevation: 451 ft. msl
Fluctuation: Moderate, 2-4 ft.
Normal Clarity: Moderately stained
Reservoir Controlling Authority
US Army Corps of Engineers
Pat Mayse Lake
PO Box 129
Powderly, Texas 75473-012
Abundant vegetation in the form of giant bulrush, cutgrass, and American lotus can be found along the shore of the reservoir. Small amounts of coontail and hydrilla are present.
Predominant Fish Species
Small lake maps are available free of charge from the Corps of Engineers. Topographic maps may be available from online sources.
All species are currently managed under statewide regulations.
Largemouth bass are popular in this reservoir. Spotted bass provide additional action, but they don't get very big. White bass provide an additional fishery, especially in the open water areas. Crappie fishing is generally good, especially in the lake's abundant standing timber. Channel and flathead catfish are present, but channel catfish dominate and provide excellent sport fishing.
The upper third of Pat Mayse Lake, upstream from Lamar Point, is heavily timbered with numerous coves and cuts which provide excellent habitat for largemouth bass, crappie and catfish. Many of these coves also have margins of submerged and emergent vegetation. Rip rap on the dam provides opportunities for all species throughout the year.
Peak fishing for largemouth bass occurs during spring, mid-February through April, when anglers concentrate on fishing the shoreline in search of spawning fish. Popular baits include plastic worms and lizards, spinnerbaits, jigs and jerk baits. Schools of largemouth bass are targeted from late summer into fall using crankbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, and topwaters. Spotted bass (Kentucky spots), a small relative of the largemouth bass, are often caught by anglers fishing for largemouth bass in the lower lake especially during winter months.
During the spawning season, crappie are caught in shallow water around submerged trees and brush. Popular baits include live minnows and crappie jigs. Channel catfish can be caught by drift fishing or bank fishing. During their spawning season, late spring to early summer, catfish tend to concentrate along the rip-rap of the dam. They can be caught on a wide variety of baits including shrimp, stinkbaits, blood bait, liver, cut bait and earthworms. Pat Mayse Lake supports a good population of white bass. Schooling fish can be caught using slabs, spoons, topwaters, sassy shads and lipless crankbaits. Anglers can often find these schools along the dam. Hybrid striped bass stockings were discontinued in this reservoir in 2000, but the potential still exists to encounter the occasional large fish.